Online software providers Playtech will be dropping Marvel superhero content from their licensees’ platforms, according to announcements from Will Hill and Coral. Both operators stated that they will be removing their Marvel games by the end of March and replacing all promotional materials related to Marvel characters by April 1st.
Playtech became Marvel’s chief license holders after Marvel announced in 2014 they will be terminating their contract with Amaya. According to reports at the time, Amaya’s contract termination was reportedly due to Marvel being acquired by Disney and taking a new, more family-friendly approach, while Playtech was still under an agreement to operate Marvel’s products until this April. A spokesperson from Playtech confirmed this removal was due to an expired licensing deal.
Playtech produced a series of Marvel-licensed slots based on popular movies from the comic franchise like the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 3. The slots were a part of the Playtech Marvel Progressive Jackpot network, which will likely cease to run as a Marvel jackpot by the end of this month also. Together with the announcement, both operators suggested players turn to Playtech’s Age of Gods slots, which were to offer the “same Marvel features” and jackpots, but with a mythological theme, while Coral even published the Age of Gods equivalent to some of its Marvel slots.
Playtech are also to launch a number of new omni-channel DC Entertainment slots based on the Dark Knight Trilogy, Suicide Squad, and Justice League, thanks to a partnership agreement with Warner Bros Consumer Products from October 2016. The studio already released a couple of slots based on the classic 1960s Batman series, including Batman & Catwoman and Batman & the Joker Jewels.