Playtech to scrap all Marvel content on 1st April

Playtech is to remove all Marvel-themed content from its software licensees’ websites on April Fools’ Day.

Last week, affiliate marketing partners of those online gambling sites carrying Playtech content received emails from said sites indicating that they wouldn’t be able to promote Marvel-themed slots titles after 31st March.

William Hill and Coral affiliates were among those who received emails instructing them that Playtech would be “removing their branded games on 31st March.”

According to Playtech’s spokesman, the rush to remove the titles was due to the expiry of Playtech’s licensing deal with Marvel Studios.

Iron Man

Marvel drops slots in favour of family-friendly image

Ever since Marvel Entertainment was acquired by Disney in 2009, it has sort to project a more family-friendly image across its entertainment properties.

To this end the company lobbied against Florida politicians authorising casino gambling near Orlando’s DIsneyWorld theme park.

Meanwhile, in 2013, Disney announced that the company had “discontinued plans to initiate or renew slot machine licensing arrangements” related to its intellectual properties. As a result, Amaya Gaming was forced to remove Marvel content from its subsidiary Cryptologic following the expiration of its licensing agreement.

Henry Cavill as Superman

DC offers solution of Playtech’s problems

While they might be bidding farewell to the likes of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, Playtech signed a licensing deal with Warner Brothers Consumer Products, the company that controls the rights to DC Comics characters such as Batman and Wonder Woman.

As for disgruntled licensees, they’re trying to placate their customers by pushing them in the direction of Playtech’s Age Of The Gods titles.

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Nigel Frith