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Williams Entertainment

Name: Williams Entertainment
Established: 1943
Status: Active
Submitter: Res
Added: Jun 08 2010

Company description

WMS Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WMS) is an American electronic gaming and amusement company based in Waukegan, Illinois. WMS traces its roots as far back as 1943, the Williams Manufacturing Company, founded by Harry E. Williams. However, the company known today as WMS Industries was formally founded in 1974 as Williams Electronics, Inc. The company's main operating subsidiaries are WMS Gaming and Orion Gaming.

Williams initially was a manufacturer of pinball tables. In 1964 Williams was acquired by jukebox manufacturer Seeburg Corp. and reorganized as Williams Electronics Manufacturing Division. In 1973, the company branched out into the coin-operated arcade video game market with its Pong clone Paddle Ball. In 1974, Williams Electronics, Inc. was incorporated in Delaware as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seeburg and replaced the previous entity. In 1987, Williams changed its parent name to WMS Industries, Inc. when it made its public offering. WMS is a shortening of Williams, which it also selected for its NYSE ticker symbol. In 1988, it acquired competitor Bally/Midway, which it spun off in 1998, together with its video game business.


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Mortal Kombat 3 SNES Arcade
Mortal Kombat 3 Master System Arcade

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