Unbeknownst to players, there can be a lot of intrigue behind the big scenes of slot machine manufacturing. If you delve into slot machines, you can assume that theft or "borrowing" and espionage are indeed not alien to this industry. And some events confirm this.
On July 3, Aristocrat sued Ainsworth for intellectual property infringement. The object of controversy was the Lightning Link land-based slot machine, which allegedly became the prototype for Ainsworth's Jackpot Strike. According to the plaintiff's company, this is not just an infringement of intellectual property, but a case of theft of trade secrets. The defendant declares that he is not guilty and intends to defend himself fiercely.
The history of the confrontation between these two giants began back in 2018, when Aristocrat demanded that Ainsworth provide data on how the Jackpot Strike slot machine was developed. They wanted to see source codes, mathematical tables, and other documents. To which the accused replied that after a proper search, they did not find anything inappropriate in the documents.
Why is Aristocrat sure of the theft?
The developer insists that their slot machine data was stolen by a former Ainsworth employee named Sujay Prabhu, who worked at Aristocrat for only three weeks and immediately returned to his old job. Moreover, his first project after returning was Jackpot Strike.
Aristocrat claims that the above employee connected his flash drive to the company's servers, which violated their rules. He also looked at files that were not related to his project. Prabhu claims he lost his flash drive when he moved.
There is another interesting fact in this story. When Aristocrat hired this man, his old employer, that is, Ainsworth, was clearly unhappy with him and accused him of misappropriation of intellectual property. However, after three weeks they gladly accepted him back. A lot of coincidences.