WMS/IGT to build ‘Survivor’ progressive slots

May 7, 2001 3:51 AM

It seemed inevitable and apparently it is: the hot TV show Survivor will find its way into a slot machine near you! WMS Gaming Inc. last week announced that it has secured the North American licensing rights to develop and market slot machines based on the hit reality-based television series.

According to company officials, WMS will design and market the slot machines, which will be manufactured by IGT and placed on IGT’s MegaJackpots wide-area, progressive-linked jackpot system.

Other IGT linked progressives include Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and The Addams Family.

Plans call for submitting the game for regulatory approval within the next nine months.

The Survivor TV series, which completed its second blockbuster season last week, places ordinary people in a primitive environment where they live off the land and fend for themselves as members of tribes, while simultaneously competing in a series of challenges. In each episode, one person is voted out of the tribe by the others, with the last remaining "Survivor" winning the grand prize of one million dollars.

Oddly enough, the premise of the show already sounds like the scenario of many casino slot players!

"Hot on the heels of last night’s blockbuster season finale of Survivor, WMS is proud to announce this latest licensing arrangement," said Brian R. Gamache, President and Chief Operating Officer of WMS Industries Inc. "CBS has the number one hit on television with this show, and we are confident that the built-in base of over 20 million Survivor fans and viewers will translate into phenomenal player interest. The Survivor brand is a major addition to our pipeline of branded titles and further strengthens WMS Gaming’s reputation as one of the top suppliers of premiere, entertainment-based, participation gaming products. Survivor’s incredible broad-based appeal, coupled with bonusing and jackpots that are available through IGT’s Mega-Jackpots system, should prove to be a major attraction for casino patrons.’’

"Survivor is one of CBS’ top properties, and we’re confident that WMS Gaming will maximize the series’ popularity and excitement through its innovative game design," said Kenneth L. Ross, Vice President CBS Consumer Products. "The decision to enhance the game with the addition of IGT’s linked jackpot system gives us further indication that the Survivor branded slot machines will be big blockbusters in casinos, just as the weekly show has been on television. We look forward to extending the brand into this exciting and profitable medium."

The Survivor Mega-Jackpots game represents the first time that a WMS gaming product will be placed on a wide-area progressive system. The first Survivor-themed game will utilize IGT’s extended-odds patented technology, which IGT has licensed to WMS for the development of the Survivor slot game.