BTG and IGT on Wheel of Fortune Megaways joint project

In early February, CasinoBeats spoke with Big Time Gaming CEO Nik Robinson and IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President Enrico Drago. The topic of the conversation was the slot machine Wheel of Fortune Megaways, which was first launched in New Jersey, and since February 25 in other markets.

Wheel of Fortune this is a cult slot machine for Las Vegas, and is already an integral part of it. Based on this brand, IGT launched 250 land-based and online casino games that have transformed 1,100 players into millionaires and have paid out approximately $ 3.3 billion in jackpots in total.

This year they celebrate 25 years since the first of the Wheel of Fortune slot. And even after all these years, players still line up to play them.

This is also a significant year for Big Time Gaming. They are celebrating their 10th birthday, 5 years since the launch of Megaways. What's more, BTG's CEO speculated that Wheel of Fortune became roughly 200 Megaways.

BTG is the best candidate

Choosing a partner to trust such an invaluable brand could be a tough decision ... However, according to Enrico Drago, he immediately gained confidence in the director of BTG, considering that he was the best partner for this project and the best candidate who would open up a new strategy of cooperation with third-party studios for them.

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IGT made the right choice as the launch in some US markets has already caused quite a stir. Enrico did not give exact numbers, but noted that Wheel of Fortune Megaways has become one of the top releases in the company's history.

Success is expected from the launch on the European market. Although it can be assumed that it will not be so enchanting. After all, as noted by Nik Robinson, this brand is close to US residents and new to Europe.

Nevertheless, the BTG director has already announced possible plans for the next Wheel of Fortune slot. And an IGT spokesman supported the idea that the companies will continue to collaborate.

Focus on Vegas

Nik Robinson noted that they could license the Megaways as they usually do. Then they would simply have to advise license buyers to help them get the desired result.

But in the case of IGT, the brand is so valuable that they decided to develop a slot machine themselves. Moreover, from the side of IGT they were given complete freedom and only one condition - to preserve the character of Wheel of Fortune.

It is very exciting, Enrico entrusted his brand to me and our business. Enrico told us: "You can do whatever you want, as long as we feel that the slot retains the character of Wheel of Fortune." It was a huge trust that we wanted to repay and set to work.

During development, the company focused on Vegas instead of focusing on TV shows. This was due to the fact that if you focus on the show, you need a huge database to implement the word guessing element. It also implies that there will be an element of skill in the game, which the BTG director did not want for this release. However, this idea has been abandoned for possible future versions of this branded slot.

On the one hand, there is a TV game show, but on the other, there is Vegas. Of course, I wanted the atmosphere of a game show, but I wanted it to be the kind of slot that you can find in Vegas. In the casinos of Vegas, you can constantly hear the drama and excitement of playing Wheel of Fortune, even after so many years. Therefore, we doubled the Vegas factor.

To combine the mega brand and Megaways' authoring mechanics, Big Time Gaming used a bonus round. Before its launch, the wheel of fortune spins, which determines with what initial number of lines the free spins are activated.

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