In November of last year, the online gaming industry took a major commercial hit when Disney decided not to renew any of its license agreements with iGaming operators as well as with software developers. Disney bought Lucas Film and Marvel (the license agreements) after a 2009 $ 4.6 billion buy-out from the comic book production company which means that the company now has responsibility under license agreements with game operators, which in the past allowed the creation of Marvel slots and similar games.
The developer of online casino games, Playtech, is among the parties that were hurt by Disney’s decision. The company has been one of Marvel’s leading slot vendors since the great launch of the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man in 2009. Just a month before Disney’s announcement, Playtech had revealed the game Spiderman: Attack of the Green Goblin. Another leading software developer, Cryptologic, is responsible for popular Marvel slots such as Thor, the Fantastic Four, Wolverine, among many others; he was also harmed.
Expired Agreement, Early Withdrawal
Although Disney honored the agreements it had made with operators, last week saw the withdrawal of games based on cartoons from different online casinos. Games provided by Cryptologic or Amaya or up to 888, the latter being one of the operators most affected by this decision. Forcing quite popular games to be retired, such as Thor, Incredible Hulk Home Spider, the Fantastic Four and many others.
Even after all this, 888 has been able to replace the void left by the withdrawal of these games from Marvel, adding new themes also based on popular characters from the comic book industry. Something that makes sense due to the increase in films that have cartoon characters as their theme, something that is also expected this summer.