London, 09 May 2012 FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, today announced a two year agreement with Square Enix Ltd to develop the arcade videogame classic SPACE INVADERS® as an online slots game.
Launched in 1978, the original SPACE INVADERS® game ignited an entire entertainment medium and founded a gaming generation. The SPACE INVADERS® online slot game will target UK and European players and be available to customers via the OpenBet and GTS platforms later in 2012.
Simon Murphy, Head of Gambling EMEA said, “The deal with Square Enix further demonstrates our goal to become one of the leading developers and distributors of premium branded gaming content. We are thrilled to be introducing the iconic and globally recognised SPACE INVADERS into the gambling space for the first time.”
FME’s Gambling division has previously licensed, developed and distributed branded games for online, mobile and land based slots across a number of brands including The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, The Price Is Right and Family Fortunes. The deal with Square Enix further establishes FME’s growing slate of non-TV intellectual property.
ABOUT FREMANTLEMEDIA ENTERPRISES & FREMANTLEMEDIA FremantleMedia is one of the leading creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of the RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio broadcast company, which is in turn 90 percent owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s major media and entertainment companies. FremantleMedia’s worldwide production arm is responsible for many of the world’s highest rated prime time entertainment, drama, serial drama and factual entertainment programmes. FremantleMedia Enterprises is the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop-shop for all Licensing, Distribution and Home Entertainment around the world. The FremantleMedia Group (which includes FremantleMedia North America, UFA, FremantleMedia UK, FremantleMedia Australia and Original Productions amongst others) has operations in 22 countries, one of the most comprehensive global networks, creating nearly 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 300 individual titles. FremantleMedia has some of the world’s most sought after and long running formats in its catalogue, and globally, produces such programmes as: Idols (co-produced with 19 Productions in the US), Hole In The Wall, Got Talent (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), The X Factor (co-produced with Syco in the UK), Take Me Out, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Farmer Wants A Wife, Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten, and Neighbours.
About SPACE INVADERS Planned, developed, and released by TAITO Corporation (TAITO), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd., the 1978 arcade game SPACE INVADERS became an instant global phenomenon. Today, its iconic characters frequently appear both in licensed projects worldwide and as TAITO’s corporate mascots.
TAITO is the exclusive owner of the global intellectual property rights, including copyrights and trademarks, for SPACE INVADERS and its characters, and takes an active role regarding new SPACE INVADERS-related enterprises
SPACE INVADERS and SQUARE ENIX are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Square Enix Group.