GameCo Star Trek VGM (PRNewsfoto/GameCo, Inc.)
For decades, Star Trek has consumed the heart’s of (mostly lonely) men the world over. Now, thanks to a contract between GameCo Inc. and CBS Consumer Products, the entire Star Trek franchise is soon to become a new skill-based slots series.
GameCo announced the partnership with the Star Trek brand’s owner, CBS Consumer Products, this week. The contract gives GameCo the rights to produce skill-based slots – otherwise known as Video Game Gambling Machines, or VGMs – themed around multiple Star Trek titles.
The first in the upcoming series will be titled Star Trek Deep Space Nine Adventure, based on the Deep Space Nine (DSN) spin-off (1993-1999). According to the press release proclaiming the new deal, the first DSN installment is due to arrive on casino floors in Fall 2017.
Star Trek Skill-Based Slots
Players will “take lead of the U.S.S. Defiant and battle their way to victory through immersive ship-to-ship combat,” reads the announcement.
GameCo promised the new skill-based slots game “will feature highly polished 3D models of the iconic spacecraft that will attract fans of both Star Trek and the space combat genre alike.”
Richmond Management Group has brokered the deal between GameCo and the Star Trek brand’s owner, which encompasses 6 branded television series and 13 film adaptations. The partnership will grant the VGM development firm with access to various titles under the famous Star Trek name, including:
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- Star Trek: Voyager
- Star Trek: Enterprise
“This fan-favorite franchise has been entertaining people across the globe and is established as one of the most iconic and popular brands ever,” said Rich Maryyanek, head of Global Business Development for GameCo Inc.
“We are excited to work with CBS Consumer Products to bring a space battle action game to casino floors that highlights the entertainment value Star Trek is known for,” he concluded.
10+ Skill-Based Slots Coming in 2017
Along with the upcoming Star Trek Deep Space Nine Adventure VGM, GameCo has committed to releasing at least 10 new skill-based slots in 2017. Among them will be titles Ferris Bueller, Mission Impossible, Paranormal and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, resulting from existing contracts with companies like Paramount Pictures and StudioCanal S.A.S.
Last year, GameCo earned a rightful place in the casino industry’s history books by installing the world’s very first skill-based slots in all three of Caesars Entertainment‘s Atlantic City casino properties, Bally’s, Caesars and Harrah’s.
The company recently received certification from Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), the leading gambling game compliance testing and auditing firm, adhering to the national GLI-11 standard.
As such, GameCo anticipates its skill-based slots will be approved for installment at casinos in a multitude of US jurisdictions before long.
GameCo’s VGM model allows players to incorporate skill into their slot machine game play. These games are more like arcades than slot machines, although they still integrate the required RTP (return to player) that all gambling amusements mandate. However, a player who is more adept at relative video games is, theoretically, more likely to produce a win.
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