Â Â Â Â Â Â The
practice of utilizing old television game shows as the basis for new video slot
machines has become so successful that WMS Gaming Inc., a subsidiary of WSM
Industries, (WMS) has reached out for three more games.
Â Hoping to repeat even a
portion of the success it has had with its “MONOPOLY” series, WMS has
entered into an agreement with Pearson Television’s International and
Enterprises division for exclusive United States and Canadian licensing rights
for gaming devices based on three of the company’s popular game shows: Match
Game, Password, and Beat the Clock.
Â Â Â Â Â Â The licensing rights are for the development, manufacture and marketing of gaming devices based on these game shows.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Match
Game, one of the most popular television game shows of the 1970’s and 1980’s
and currently being shown in reruns on the Game Show Network with recently
deceased Gene Rayburn as host, is expected to be the first slot machine
introduced by WMS. The company said it hopes to submit Match Game for regulatory
approval in the fall 2002.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Password,
with perennially-young Dick Clark as host, also is shown on Game Show Network,
as is Beat the Clock with host Bud Collier. Machines based on these shows are to
follow Match Game.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Brian
R. Gamache, president and CEO of WMS Industries Inc., sees these machines as
bolstering the company’s recent introduction of “three of the biggest and
most memorable game show titles in television history.
Â Â Â Â Â Â “These
new titles, with their timeless themes, provide our game developers with a
myriad of entertaining game elements from which to create a highly engaging
series of games that we are confident will be enjoyed by slot players while
helping to expand our overall market share in this important ÂÃ‚Âsegment.”
Â Â Â Â Â Â He
added that “participation slot machines based on well-known pop culture themes
are increasingly commanding more casino floor space and players’ attention and
are providing the potential of greater returns for casinos, our ÂÃ‚Âlicensors and