GSN launches Deal or No Deal Slots

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Video slot based on popular gameshow goes live on the Games by GSN Facebook portal. 

GSN Digital has announced the launch of a slot based on the popular television show Deal or No Deal in partnership with Endemol.

The five-reel slot, which is now live on the operator’s Games by GSN Facebook gaming portal, features key elements of the programme, including a mini-game which acts as an abbreviated version of the TV show. Players select boxes at random, with the Banker making offers depending on which sums are revealed, and the game ends either when one such offer is accepted or the final box is opened.

Deal or No Deal has been syndicated on the Sony-owned GSN television channel since June 2009, and the game’s popularity in numerous territories has seen GSN Digital launch localised variants for Germany, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia.

In addition to its launch in the USA, the game is being adapted in different languages in major markets around the world including Germany, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia.

Speaking to Social Casino Intelligence in March, GSN Digital’s executive vice president of mobile and social games Jeff Karp (pictured) explained that launching content based on the channel’s most popular shows is a key component of the division’s growth strategy.

“We’re excited that we think we’ve continued to grow our base with existing products, and we think we have some new products which will appeal to new demographics and new audiences, and continue to build our new player base,” Karp commented.

Endemol Games managing director Jurian van der Meer added that the partnership with GSN “represents another milestone” for the Deal or No Deal brand.

“The format is a perfect fit for this kind of social casino game and we believe Deal or No Deal Slots will be a big hit with fans around the world,” van der Meer said.

Deal or No Deal Slots becomes the latest product based on GSN’s TV IP to go live, following the release of Wheel of Fortune Bingo last month.

GSN hires Majesco SVP Anderson

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Former Turbine CEO joins to develop strategic and commercial partnerships to grow operator’s digital division.

GSN Digital has bolstered its team with the appointment of former Majesco Entertainment senior vice president of social and mobile games Jeff Anderson.

Anderson joins the operator as senior vice president of strategic planning and business development, reporting directly to GSN digital executive vice president Peter Blacklow. His new role sees him oversee the development of commercial and strategic partnerships to strengthen the division’s stakes-based gaming business across all platforms.

Commenting on Anderson’s hiring  Blacklow said: “GSN Digital continues to invest in hiring top senior management talent to help us meet our ambitious goals of growing our social, mobile and web games businesses.

“Jeff is a world-class talent in the digital games space, responsible for orchestrating many high profile, game-changing licensing and distribution deals.  We’re excited to have him join the team.”

A gaming industry veteran, Anderson joins GSN from Majesco, where he has worked since June 2011, after his sports gaming network Quick Hit Inc was acquired by the company. Previously he worked as CEO of Turbine, which he grew from a small massively multiplayer online role-playing game studio to a huge business developing games based on brands such as Lord of the Rings and Dungeons & Dragons.

“I am thrilled to become part of GSN Digital,” Anderson said of his appointment. “The company has done an impressive job expanding its business and platform offerings through organic growth as well as strategic acquisitions.  I look forward to working with the team to develop key relationships focused on strengthening current offerings as well as adding new games and ways to play them.”

The news comes just days after GSN announced the launch of a Wheel of Fortune-branded bingo game. The title is available on the operator’s dot.com portal, and will soon be added to its Games by GSN Facebook app.

GSN Digital launches Wheel of Fortune Bingo

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Game based on popular TV show becomes the second bingo title to be launched this year.

GSN Digital has launched Wheel of Fortune Bingo, a social casino title based on the popular daytime TV gameshow.

The game sees players spin the wheel, which drops yellow bingo balls, pink wilds, allowing players to mark off any number on their card, and orange letter balls, which help solve a word puzzle. For each correct letter, tokens are added to the puzzle bank, allowing players to win the amount accumulated by completing the word, while a bingo gives them the chance to spin the wheel once again to randomly determine the value of their win.

The game is currently available on GSN.com, and is soon to be added to the Games by GSN Facebook app, alongside existing titles based on the gameshow including the original Wheel of Fortune game and Wheel of Fortune Slots.

“Our millions of Wheel of Fortunes Slots fans have taken over 38 billion spins, proving that Wheel of Fortune content is in high demand,” executive vice president, mobile and social games for GSN Digital Jeff Karp explained.

“Wheel of Fortune BINGO is our answer to player demand for new Wheel of Fortune content as well as new game offerings. We’re excited to engage players by layering familiar Wheel of Fortune game show experiences with the popularity of Bingo.”

Wheel of Fortune Bingo becomes the second new bingo title launched by GSN this year, following ChaChingo Bingo, an update of its Bingo Blitz title – not to be confused with the Buffalo Studios app of the same name – which went live in late January.

The gameshow originally launched in 1975 in the United States, running for 16 years, and has been syndicated around the world, with a UK version presented by the likes of Nicky Campbell and John Leslie running from 1988 to 2001.