(LAS VEGAS, Nevada) – Casino operators, get ready to soil your plants. SPIELO International is announcing the launch of four new exclusive licensed slot titles based on some of the world’s most popular casual video games.
SPIELO International and PopCap Games, a division of Electronic Arts, have entered into a licensing agreement and have developed slot games based on three internationally recognized PopCap franchises – Plants vs. Zombies™, Zuma™, and Bejeweled™.
Four slot games based on the brands – including Plants vs. Zombies™ Gargantuar™ and Plants vs. Zombies™ Backyard Showdown™ – will be unveiled at Booth 1265 at G2E Las Vegas on Oct. 2, 2012. Don’t miss the morning launch as the rivalry between the plants and the zombies spills out onto the show floor.
“SPIELO International immediately recognized the strength behind PopCap’s casual games, which are known for their creativity, humor, and attention to detail. They’re played by billions of people worldwide, and appeal equally to both men and women,” said SPIELO International President and CEO Walter Bugno.
“We know our customers want compelling and entertaining content that will intrigue current players while also growing the player base, so we’ve worked closely with PopCap to stay true to the spirit of their brands and create terrifically fun and engaging new slot gaming experiences.”
Plants vs. Zombies Gargantuar and Plants vs. Zombies Backyard Showdown feature the Graveyard Bonus, where players pick tombstones, collecting suns to win one of three progressives and avoiding the brain-craving zombies. Plants vs. Zombies Gargantuar offers a plant/zombie scatter pay and random wilds in the base game, with the Vase Breaker Pick-a-Prize and Gargantuar Free Spins bonuses. Meanwhile, Plants vs. Zombies Backyard Showdown has a base game where plant symbols have special powers — just like the casual game! In the Who Will Win the Spin bonus, players win extra credits for guessing three correct spins in a row.
Based on PopCap’s hugely popular ball-blasting game, Zuma features the familiar Zuma frog shooting at an innovative moving ball track. The ball track increments progressives and triggers one of five unique Power Frogs, which places wilds on the base game. Among four bonuses, there are two-tiered Boss Battles and optional skill elements – players can choose to Be the Frog by timing ball shots to defeat the bosses.
With a copy of Bejeweled, PopCap’s flagship title, purchased somewhere in the world every 4.7 seconds, players will instantly recognize this global bestseller in its slot game form. SPIELO International has adapted the original game mechanics to the slot adaptation, with a cascading matrix, buyable game boosts, and seven linked non-hierarchical progressives. Players can select between three skilled and three random-outcome bonuses. Experienced Bejeweled casual game players will recognize the similarities in the slot adaptation, while players new to the game will quickly learn why the brand has been so successful.
Visit Booth 1265 at G2E 2012 to see how PopCap’s universally beloved casual game brands are translating into SPIELO International’s most entertaining titles to date.
About SPIELO International SPIELO International is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of top-performing games, cabinets, central systems and associated software for legal gaming markets around the world. It offers a complete range of end-to-end gaming products for diverse gaming segments, including distributed government-sponsored markets, commercial casino markets, Amusement with Prize (AWP) markets, and interactive and sports betting markets as a result of integration with GTECH G2. GTECH G2 is the leading provider of iGaming and sports betting products and services to regulated gaming markets, and is also the top supplier to the world’s lottery industry, operating more poker networks in regulated gaming markets than any other provider.
SPIELO International serves more than 1,650 customers on five continents and has shipped more than 200,000 gaming machines worldwide, and holds more than 400 gaming licenses. Of those, it is licensed to sell machines in 25 U.S. states, including Nevada, as well as to 142 tribes. SPIELO International is 100 percent owned by Lottomatica Group, a market leader in the Italian gaming industry, one of the largest Lottery operators in the world based on total wagers, and a leading provider of lottery and gaming technology solutions worldwide. SPIELO International is also an affiliate of GTECH, a leading gaming technology and services company. SPIELO International is a platinum member of the Gaming Standards Association, and supports open industry standards such as Game to System® (G2S®) and System to System® (S2S®). For more information on SPIELO International and our products, please visit our website at www.spielo.com.
Game to System and G2S are registered trademarks of the Gaming Standards AssociationTM.
About PopCap PopCap Games is the leading global developer, publisher and operator of casual video games: fun, easy-to-learn, captivating games that appeal to all demographics across PC, mobile, social and other platforms. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000, was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2011, and has a worldwide staff of more than 500 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. PopCap’s games have been downloaded over 1.5 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship franchise, Bejeweled®, has sold more than 50 million units.
Bejeweled, Plants vs. Zombies, Zuma and PopCap are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc.