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GameCo signs with Bandai Namco to bring Soulcalibur to casinos

Video Game Gambling Machine specialist GameCo has secured a new agreement with Bandai Namco to develop casino games inspired by Soulcalibur II.

Soulcalibur II is the third instalment in the popular video game series of fighting games that debuted in 1995. GameCo’s Soulcalibur skill-based video game gambling machine is expected to debut in casinos in late 2017.

The new game will feature a fast-paced take on the classic 3D fighting experience of the video game series, taking around 45 to 60 seconds to play.

Under the agreement, GameCo will hone the gameplay for a shorter form session and optimise it for a casino gaming experience, marking the first time that a AAA fighting video game will be adapted for skill-based gaming at land-based casinos.

“This license agreement to develop Soulcalibur VGM is a huge deal for our company, as the beloved video game series has been incredibly successful for more than 20 years,” said Rich Maryyanek, global business development, GameCo.

“Gamers will be able to visit the casino floor and experience the legendary fighting game franchise Soulcaibur, except now, they have the chance to test their skill and win money.”

Yoshiyasu Horiuchi, executive officer, AM Business Unit, Bandai Namco Entertainment, added: “Soulcalibur is a fan favourite among video game enthusiasts, and we’re excited to bring the franchise to casino floors, where we can present the brand in a completely new environment with GameCo’s revolutionary VGMs.”

In 2016, GameCo became the first skill-based gaming company to debut its video game gambling machine on casino floors in Atlantic City. GameCo is now actively pursuing opportunities across the world in various regions, including Europe, South America and Asia.

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