The 2018 edition of the World Count of Gaming Machines, an interesting source of factual data about global gaming machine indicators, elaborated by the Gaming Technologies Association (GTA), the trade body representing the machine suppliers industry in Australasia, revealed there were an estimated of 7,402,395 gambling machines legitimately operating in the world at the end of 2018, a decrease of 4.97 percent regarding the 7,789,679 machines of 2017.
The biggest installed base of machines is Japan (the figures take into account pachinko and pachislot machines), where there were 4.3 million units (-4.92 percent vs. 2017). Next comes the U.S. with 898,974 (+2 percent), Italy with 320,000 (-31 percent), Germany with 277,700 (+1 percent), Australia with 196,301 (-0.4 percent), the UK with 183,813 (+0.48 percent), Spain with 183,409 (-9 percent), Canada with 99,521 (-1 percent), Argentina with 98,117 (no change) and Colombia with 86,629 (+7 percent). Immediately after comes Peru, with 84,396 machines (no change).
GTA has commissioned the World Count of Gaming Machines since 1999. Data for this report was gathered from regulatory bodies, government sources, private company research, gaming industry bodies, and directly from locations where legal machines are installed.