Playtech´s New Blockbuster
Classic 1980´s TV show comes to bingo
Playtech will exclusively provide Meccabingo.com, part of Rank Group plc, with a bingo variant based on the popular television quiz show Blockbusters through Virtue Fusion Alderney. Released on Tuesday 20th July 2010, Blockbusters Bingo is the latest branded offering from Playtech which creates licensed games in many areas of its best of breed product offering.
Originally broadcast in the 1980s, Blockbusters was screened into British homes for nearly two decades. Signature elements and music are included in the game where normal bingo numbers are replaced by letters, appearing on 20 trademark yellow hexagons per ticket.
On top of the standard prizes, Blockbusters contains a special ‘1TG’ feature game, the ‘Gold Run’, for all players left with one to go when the final prize, either line or column, is won. Additionally, a Community Blockbusters Jackpot can be won if the first five letters called contain ‘B’ , ’I’, ‘N’, ‘G’ and ‘O’ in any order. Players win a proportionate amount of the jackpot based on their game stake compared to the total staked by all players.
Rank Interactive head of gaming Angus Nisbet commented: “Branded online bingo games are among the most popular on Meccabingo.com and I am sure that Blockbusters will be another success. Playtech’s Virtue Fusion Alderney has created a fantastic product and I am positive it will strike a chord with fans of the show and be well-liked by new players too.”
Virtue Fusion Alderney CEO Bob McCulloch said: “Virtue Fusion Alderney has a long-standing relationship with Meccabingo.com. We recently created Britain’s Got Talent Bingo for them which was very well received so we are delighted to have been asked to provide this game as part of their exclusive agreement with Blockbusters.”
About Virtue Fusion Alderney
Virtue Fusion Alderney, the world´s leading developer and licensor of internet bingo products, was acquired by Playtech Ltd in February 2010. The company was named winner of Best Online Bingo Innovation at this year´s Bullet Bingo Summit 2010 and was also named Best Bingo Software for the second year running, as well as Bingo Supplier of the Year at EGR B2B Awards 2010. The Virtue Fusion Alderney multi-lingual and multi-currency European network offers the largest bingo prizes to be found, with peak traffic of over 7,000 concurrent players driving over €100 million in total stakes-per-month.
Developing bingo and networked gaming solutions for the online gambling industry, some of the world´s best-known gaming operators, bookmakers, land-based operators and media companies use Virtue Fusion Alderney’s bingo solutions, including Mecca, Ladbrokes, William Hill, Sky, Bet365, Crown Bingo, Virgin and Paddy Power and Boylesports.www.virtuefusion.com
Playtech develops unified software platforms and content for the remote and land-based gaming industry. Leading gaming applications include casino, poker, bingo, sports betting, live gaming, casual and fixed odds games. Playtech provides licensees with the tools to maximise cross-selling opportunities, player loyalty and yield, all through the powerful management interface; the IMS. The fully integrated, cross-platform capability enables players to access online, broadcast, mobile and server-based gaming terminals, through a single account. New licensees include existing online operators upgrading or diversifying their offering, land-based casino groups, government sponsored companies such as lotteries, and new entrants making their online gaming debut, particularly in the newly regulated markets. Founded in 1999, Playtech is headquartered in the Isle of Man. More than 1,000 employees are located in development centres in 5 countries, the majority of whom are engaged in research and development of current and future gaming technologies..