Disney and Star Wars Licensing: Is iGaming in Need of More Sci-fi in 2017?

The sci-fi industry has become one of the major backbones of gaming, with the likes of Halo, the Alien games, and various Star Wars and Star Trek games all...

The sci-fi industry has become one of the major backbones of gaming, with the likes of Halo, the Alien games, and various Star Wars and Star Trek games all gaining fans in the gaming world. In more recent times, companies have used inspiration from the world of sci-fi to create pick up and play, collaborative MMO games, including titles related to the ever-popular (and seemingly timeless) Terminator franchise.

Titles like these highlight the depth of interest in games stemming from this sector, and explain why sci-fi games like Prey and Mass Effect: Andromeda (a sci-fi role playing game) are among the most hotly anticipated games for 2017.

The Disney Denial of Star Wars

It’s not all been smooth sailing, though. Recently, iGaming fans have been denied access to games related to Star Wars, a strange decision from Disney, who seem to be desperate to make this franchise with such cross-generational appeal solely relevant to youngsters, despite the fact that many of the themes from the recent Rogue One spin-off film had slightly adult twists to them (with the dramatic ending of the film in particular not exactly optimistic and overly suitable for youngsters either!).

Disney has the right to restrict the brands they own to whichever demographic they like, of course, but it is a shame that a huge sub-sector of the gaming industry is being affected by these restrictions. The world of iGaming still has plenty to offer sci-fi fans, though, away from the world of Star Wars. Take the example of one of the most “sci-fi” of online casinos around in 2017, VegasCasino.io, which adopts a futuristic approach even down to the currency it accepts – the casino takes Bitcoin, which although now a mainstream cryptocurrency, is still perceived as the sci-fi equivalent of the likes of GBP to some.

Will Star Cash Popularity Signal Resurgence in 2017?

Casinos also offer games to appeal to the sort of demographic being left behind, at least in part, by Disney. The Star Cash game on VegasCasino allows gamers to fly through space while enjoying some of the more classic elements of an online slots game. The engaging space themed background is made accessible by being free to play in practice mode, allowing sci-fi fans the chance to make sure the gameplay really appeals to them before they commit real money. As a recent Starcash review makes clear, the game ticks all the boxes sci-fi fans demand: the ability to explore new realms (the free-flowing nature of the slot is a big move away from the traditional structure), fast-moving action and pure excitement; this slot game is a serious test of nerve for gamers.

With games like Star Cash already popular with sci-fi fans, it is desperately clear that a market firmly exists for sci-fi gaming and iGaming options in 2017. The question now remains as to whether the popularity of games like this will help to herald a serious resurgence and a change of heart from the top bods at Disney, and also whether it will help to encourage other sci-fi franchises who have kept a low profile to create more iGaming and video gaming options for their loyal fans.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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