The iGaming industry is booming right now. More players are staying home and spending time behind their computers and devices, and developers are accommodating for them by releasing more games and providing more opportunities. The big creators are putting all of their eggs into the 2020 basket and they’re being joined by many new companies and startups, all eager to earn their share of the spoils.
To appease players aged 30 to 50, which covers the most dedicated and active demographic, these creators are turning to retro games, films, and TV shows, snapping up sought-after licenses and turning them into the next big casino games.
How Retro Licenses are Changing the Game
The video gaming industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in media. Games are more popular than ever and that popularity is increasing with every passing year. However, as major video game developers turn toward loot boxes, expensive DLCs, and even in-game adverts, players are increasingly losing faith with big developers.
Ask an avid gamer about their opinion on EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda, and countless other producers and you’ll be drawn into a seemingly endless conversation about how money-obsessed developers are ruining the industry in their pursuit of a quick buck.
But it’s not a modern problem. Pay-to-play mobile games may be a relatively new phenomenon, but gamers have had issues with the industry for years. In the past, it was all about licensed games. From ET the Video Game, which was so appalling the developers buried it in the desert to Superman for Nintendo 64, which has gone down in history as one of the worst titles ever, game licenses have always been synonymous with money-grabbing schemes and low-quality titles.
However, this isn’t true of the online casino industry, where licenses have been used to create plenty of wonderful slots games in the sector.
The Best Licensed Creations
British-based Blueprint Gaming have shown just what can be done with a popular license. They have specialized in capturing licenses from pop culture classics (specifically those popular with people who grew up in the 80s and 90s) and turning them into memorable slots.
Such is the case with The Goonies, Beavis and Butthead, and Top Cat, and that’s not all. They’ve also captured modern licenses that are popular with the same audience, including Ted, Rick and Morty, and Sausage Party. All games feature the brand’s unique graphics and many have either Megaways or the Jackpot Kings progressive jackpot system.
By paying homage to everything that made these licenses great, and not taking any liberties or making any short cuts, they’ve done something that video game developers have thus far failed to do.
They’re not alone, either. Slots have been created for everything from superhero films like Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and The Avengers to other 80s classics like Ghostbusters and Rocky.
Why They Work
In the video game sector, a film or TV license is an easy way for a developer to make a quick buck. It doesn’t matter how good the game is, if it has a few soundbites and graphics from the film, fans will flock to buy it. Parents will buy it for their kids at Christmas, youngsters will pick it up themselves with their pocket money, and it will become a popular impulse buy near the supermarket tills.
With slot machines, none of those things are true. They can’t be bought as Christmas presents, they don’t work as impulse buys, and kids can’t get anywhere near them. What’s more, as those licenses are expensive, the developers need to make them work if they want to earn their money back.
This often means that licensed slots get more attention than other slots. Furthermore, these games spend more time in development than their video game counterparts. The latter are released to coincide with film releases or following the success of TV shows. The former are often created years and even decades after those films and TV shows.
The developers don’t need to rush, and so they don’t. The end result is a game that is deserving of its license and keeps license holders and players happy.