US Market Mentioned: One thing is for certain, the Playtech US iGaming arenas, Michigan and New Jersey (Playtech has live studios in both states), are certainly on the cards. The reason I mention this is because Playtech’s CEO mentions the expansion into the US on its LinkedIn post announcing the Sony Entertainment agreement, which you can see below.
Will we see another live video slot entering the Playtech live portfolio?
There is probably already plenty of speculation out there in regard to a Jumanji live video slot title. Although this is certainly quite possible, I would go as far to say it is unlikely. I say this by comparing the new Jumanji deal and the possible outcome of game releases with the Who Wants to be Millionaire deals with Sony Pictures.
We have seen Sony make deals with Big Time Gaming (BTG) resulting in the creation of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Megaways (2018), Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Mystery Box (2019), and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Megapays (2021). In 2022, we also saw Electric Elephant release a Who Wants to be a Millionaire roulette title in conjunction with Relax Gaming.
With these video slots already released, Playtech probably decided a live slot was not needed. Instead, it went down the road of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Live released in late 2021. This is likely the direction Playtech will take Jumanji.
On top of all this, I still haven’t mentioned the deal with the Jockey Club in the UK, one of the oldest horse racing organisations in the country. We are yet to the result of this partnership but will hopefully soon see a live casino game themed on horse racing.
Playtech CEO Hints: There is already a hint of what’s to come after Playtech’s CEO mentioned the game ‘Jumanji the Bonus Level’ in his statement on the Linkedin post which I have embedded into this post. It’s an interesting overall statement of the Jumanji deal and should fans of the Jumanji franchise be excited.