Mikohn taps Garfield for slot

May 20, 2003 4:19 AM

Mikohn Gaming has obtained the worldwide rights to license the use of the hugely popular feline cartoon character "Garfield" on slot machines and expects to develop themed machines later this year, the company announced last week.

The comic strip Garfield, launched by creator Jim Davis in 1978, has 263 million readers each day and has been the subject of 13 TV specials.

Davis has published 33 Garfield books that have appeared on The New York Times bestseller list, with 11 of them reaching the number one spot.

"Garfield is immensely popular around the world with legions of cat lovers and dedicated fans of the orange feline," said Russ McMeekin, Mikohn’s president and chief executive officer.

"The Garfield franchise meshes perfectly with our gaming audience, and our creative team has already begun development of standout games with instant and lasting appeal to casino players," Olaf Vancura, the firm’s vice president of games development.

Mikohn, a slot designer and sign maker, also created slots based on Yahtzee and Battleship, and Caribbean Stud.