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Williams Electronics Games, Inc.

Overview

Williams Electronics Games, Inc. was incorporated on April 13, 1984 by Williams Electronics, Inc. (renamed WMS Industries Inc. in 1987) to take over the pinball and video game business of its parent company.

Following a 1991 reorganization, the video game division of Williams was absorbed into Midway Manufacturing Company (which was purchased and reincorporated by WMS in 1988) and the Williams brand would be exclusively used for pinball machines.

WMS formed Williams Entertainment, Inc. in 1994 following their purchase of Tradewest, Inc. to publish titles for the home consumer market.

In 1996, WMS transferred the copyrights of Williams' video game properties to Midway Games, Inc. while inversely, Midway transferred its copyrights of their Bally pinball tables to Williams Electronics Games. That same year, Williams Entertainment was renamed Midway Home Entertainment, Inc. Midway spun off from WMS on April 1998.

Due to increasing losses, WMS shuttered its pinball division on October 25, 1999 and has since put gambling machines as its focus.

Williams Electronics Games, Inc. currently exists as a legal entity within Scientific Games Corporation (who acquired WMS Industries in 2013) to hold copyrights to it's pinball tables and license them out to other companies for re-releases and virtual recreations.

Games

Smash T.V.(1990)
Hit the Ice: The Video Hockey League(1990)
High Impact Football(1990)
Zero Wing(1989)
NARC(1988)
Joust 2: Survival Of The Fittest(1986)

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