Ainsworth Game Technology (AGT) is celebrating the 100th birthday of its founder, gaming industry icon Len Ainsworth. The company said the occasion marks a momentous occasion to celebrate the life of the gaming visionary and pioneer, “recognized around the world as a true icon of the gaming industry whose contributions have shaped the gaming landscape as we see it today”.
Born in Kempsey, NSW Australia on July 11, 1923, Leonard Hastings Ainsworth possessed “an insatiable curiosity and an unyielding determination to carve a path in the world,” said the company.
Ainsworth commenced his professional life manufacturing and supplying dental equipment, but left this sector when he envisaged and pursued the development of gaming equipment, where his legacy in the gaming industry began. In 1953, Ainsworth founded Aristocrat Leisure Industries, which became one of the world’s largest gaming companies.
Following a 1984 diagnosis of prostate cancer, Ainsworth transferred his ownership of Aristocrat to his family to ensure his legacy continued. AGT notes that following a clear diagnosis thereafter, he knew “he had more to offer the industry he fell in love with”. In 1995, he founded his second gaming company, Ainsworth Game Technology.
“Ainsworth dedicated his career to creating innovative, cutting-edge gaming solutions that would revolutionize the way people engage with slot machines and other gaming products,” said the firm.
Ainsworth, through a press statement, expressed his gratitude for the success he has enjoyed and the support he received from his family, friends and colleagues.
“I feel privileged to have reached this milestone and to have seen how the gaming industry has evolved and flourished over the years. I have been fortunate in establishing a worldwide reputation for quality equipment that continues to lead the field and that pleases me to no end. I have worked with many great people along the way, without them none of it would be possible,” he stated.
Apart from his professional achievements, Ainsworth is a passionate philanthropist. He established the Ainsworth Foundation, which supports the Australian community most notably in medical research, education, healthcare, and various other social causes, leaving an enduring impact on countless lives. “Personally, I’m most proud that my good fortune enables me to support so many worthwhile causes,” he said.
Ainsworth possesses the qualities of a true leader, inspiring those around him, fostering a culture of creativity and innovation and empowering individuals to reach their full potential, said AGT. “His mentoring and guidance have shaped the careers of numerous industry professionals who continue to carry his vision forward.”
Danny Gladstone, Chairman of Ainsworth Game Technology, said: “I started my career in the gaming industry 50 years ago working for Len. It was a privilege to then have the opportunity to work with him again 16 years ago at Ainsworth and build on his legacy. He is a true icon globally and our industry would not be what it is without him. I wish him all the very best on his 100th birthday.”
“On behalf of the entire Ainsworth Game Technology family and the gaming industry, we extend our warmest wishes to Len on this momentous occasion,” said Harald Neumann, CEO of Ainsworth Game Technology.
“His unwavering dedication, innovative spirit, and outstanding leadership have been instrumental in shaping our company and the industry as a whole. We are grateful for his profound contributions and are inspired to continue his legacy of excellence.”