A History of

AMUSEMENT GAMES

A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE?

A History of

AMUSEMENT GAMES

THE GAMES OF YOUR CHILDHOOD?

A History of

AMUSEMENT GAMES

STEP INTO THE OUR TIMEMACHINE

A History of

AMUSEMENT GAMES

START HERE

1959

The Year it all started...

Once upon a time...

The company was founded by Achiel Verstraeten, who in 1959 became the first person to fit a gripping mechanism with three motors into one independent cart. He was also the first to automate the collection for bumper cars and auto scooters.

CONTINUE

The60's

The Pioneer Years

Or go straight to The Eighties

The Sixties

1963

Low Boy Crane

1969

Balco

The70's

The Exploring Years

Or go straight to The Eighties

The Seventies

1974

Fiberglass Crane

1974

Lucky Crane

1974

Bull Matic

Countertop Model

1976

Bullmatic Game

Dual Player

The80's

The Growing Years

Or go straight to The Nineties

The Eighties

1980

Low Boy Crane

Single Player

1982

Good Luck

3 Player

1985

Good Luck

Single Player

1986

Big Choice

3 Player

1988

The Topper

3 Player

The90's

The Expanding Years

Elaut conquered the Belgian, Dutch and Czech market in Amusement Games

Or go straight to The Millenium Years

The Nineties

1990

Rotary

6 Player

1993

Hammer

1994

Dice Shaker

1995

Watch Box

1995

Watch Box STD

1996

Love Tester

1997

Mega Crane

2 Player

1998

Cash Casino

1999

Rotary II

4 Player

1999

Love Tester II

2000

The Millennium Years

Takeovers and the founding of companies caused Elaut to become an international company in 2004,
with subsidiaries in the USA, Germany and Spain.

Or go straight to The Next Generation

The Millenium

2000

Eye Catcher Crane

3 Player

2001

EX 1

2001

Giga

1 Player

2001

Giga

2 Player

2002

The Big One

2 Player

2003

Baby Claw

2004

Mr Claw

2004

Giga Cosmic

2005

EX 1 Quattro

2005

Slam Dunk

2005

Giga Goal

2007

Cuba Watch

2008

Disco Round

2008

Hit ’n Win

2 Player

2008

Giga Low Boy

2008

Mistral

6 Player

2009

Knock It Off

2 Player

2009

E-Claw

2010

The next generation

Today the company is one of the major operators and concessionaires of amusement games
and related equipment in the theme park industry.

Elaut Today?

2011

The Wizard of Oz

6 Player

2012

E-Claw Cosmic

2012

E-Claw Harmony

2013

Token Eater

2013

Blackbeard’s Bounty

6 Player

2013

Blackbeard’s Bounty

2 Player

2013

Plucky Ducky

2015

Creative Line

2015

Ticket Circus

6 Player

2016

Ticket Circus

3 Player

2016

Big One Xtreme

2017

Cosmic XL

2017

Willy Wonka

2 Player

2018

Cosmic XLS

2019

Flintstones
Quarry Quest

6 Player

1 Player

2 Player

In Loving Memory

We will remember him has a warm person, loving father, loving the industry...

19 October 2017

Achiel Verstraeten

Founder of Elaut

"In everything he did, quality was the most important for him, putting the players and customers first".

Our father passed away on the respectable age of 84, yesterday October 19th in the morning.

In our industry Achiel Verstraeten is known as the founder of Elaut. The people who worked with him describe him as a wise and righteous man.   He lived a humble, honest and hardworking life.  He was interested in all aspects of it, with a special interest in people. His books were mainly about science, philosophy and religion.

He started his business in 1959 in Sint-Niklaas as a young engineer repairing radios, amplifiers and televisions in a small shop in Belgium.  A few years later he developed the first automatic coin mechanism system for operating bumper cars and later the first crane mechanism with 3 motors. These products were the beginning of his life in the amusement machine industry.  In everything he did, quality was the most important for him, putting the players and customers first.

After a life of hard work, he had the bad luck of having serious problems with his health at the age 69.  Very soon he became basically captured in his own body, a destiny that he endured with dignity.

Thanks to our father there are a whole generation of co-workers that are now very specialized in the amusement industry.   He gave his staff and children the skills to survive in the amusement industry and built a strong foundation for his new companies now called the Elaut Group. This is something we are all so very proud of. We will remember him has a warm person, loving father, loving the industry, respecting his customers and staff and always grateful for the opportunities life has given him.

He was happily married to our mother, his wife Josephina (Josy) for more than 56 years. She was with him in good and bad days, and we are thankful for this.  He leaves 3 children (Helga, Eric and Emmy) and 7 grandchildren. The funeral will be held on Saturday Oct. 28.

Sincerely, Helga, Eric & Emmy Verstraeten

Today

Working Worldwide

THE ELAUT GROUP

Started as a pioneer... and being a trendsetter today, ELAUT is still growing...
"In everything we do, Quality is the most important,
putting Players & Customers first".

That's Entertainment!