NetEnt are getting two new TV slots to their library
NetEnt Secures Rights to Create Vikings Slot
Since its first show in 2013, A+E Networks® Vikings has become a global hit, with 90 episodes to date – making NetEnt's deal to bring the award-winning drama to the slot screen something of a coup for the iGaming giant. With a storyline based on the authentic yarn of Ragnar Lothbrok, believed to be the first Viking to journey into the history books by invading England and France – the series is already close to mythical.
The game is set for release before the end of 2018 and NetEnt's Chief Product Officer, Henrik Fagerlund, noted the hard work that's gone into bringing fans of the gaming brand such an amazing theme: “To be able to provide our players with a different genre of branded game, showcases the hard work we’re putting in behind the scenes to create such high-quality content and further expand our portfolio.”
The game's slot features remain under wraps, but it's expected to bring the characters, video footage and scenarios found in the television show to life across the reels – something Fagerlund hinted at in his excitement about the show and its huge global audience: “Vikings has quickly become a TV favourite since the first season in 2013 and appeals to a vast audience worldwide. It’s a classic and historical theme packed with action and we’re sure the players will be looking forward to the launch later this year.”
Given the success and reputation of Vikings, which first aired on HISTORY® in the US but is available via services such as Amazon in the UK, its creator and Executive Producer Michael Hirst will be keen to see an impressive slot product launched by NetEnt's development team – something that could take the company to commercial Valhalla if it's as successful as the TV version.
NetEnt Set for a Hit by Bringing Narcos to the Slot Screen
If NetEnt's Viking slot deal isn't enough to impress the casino industry, then news of the iGaming brand securing the rights to create a slot machine based on the Narcos television hit most certainly is.
The show, which is made by the famous Gaumont company and available via services including Netflix, is a Golden Globe and Emmy® award-nominated television series, currently in filming for its fourth season. Given that Narcos' season three premiered as the most in-demand digital original in America and was in the top five across the globe, NetEnt's video slot go-ahead looks excellent news for slot players, online casinos and the company's profits.
The Narcos concept was revealed at the industry's ICE Totally Gaming 2018 show, where NetEnt chiefs were excited about the prospect of making a slot game themed on the American crime world that the show so graphically brings to life: “We’re continuing to push boundaries with our branded games and Narcos is certainly one of our biggest deals to date. The series became an overnight sensation with a huge fan base all over the world and it gives us yet another demographic who can have fun playing our games.”
Gaumont's representative at the show, Tim Stephen, the company's Head of Legal and Business Affairs, echoed the excitement of NetEnt at the prospect of the game becoming a global video slothit, thanks to the world-class software team behind the game: “NetEnt is a world-leading provider of premier online gaming solutions, and we trust them to develop and create a gaming property that will thrill the millions of Narcos fans around the world and provide a new way for them to experience and engage with the brand.”
The move by NetEnt heralds the next chapter in the gaming giant's innovative strategy of securing deals with global brand names – following the route taken with a list that includes Jumanji™, Guns n’ Roses™ and Planet of the Apes™. As the gaming world salivates at the prospect of NetEnt's Vikings and Narcos video slots, there are exciting times ahead for the company, the casinos featuring NetEnt games and slot players alike.