LAS VEGAS – September 23, 2014 – Global gaming entertainment leader, IGT (NYSE: IGT) has partnered with the daytime TV destination for laughter and fun to create two compelling slot machines: The Ellen DeGeneres Show™ Featuring Ellen’s Dance Party Video Slots and The Ellen DeGeneres Show™ Featuring 12 Days of Giveaways Video Slots. Inspired by the Emmy® Award-winning daytime talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the delightful duo of games will put players in the middle of their favorite “Ellen” moments and have them groovin’ in their seats as they play for big jackpot payouts. IGT will debut the wildly entertaining pair of games at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres said, “I’m so excited to have my very own line of slot machines. People are gonna have the chance to play really fun games, have their own mini dance parties and win actual cold, hard cash. I mean, honestly, what more do you want from me?”
The widely anticipated games are housed on IGT’s impressive CrystalCore cabinet. Boasting exceptional sound and visuals on a pristine 42” vertical touchscreen display, the pair of games presents an unparalleled player experience. From the first spin of the reels, the famously familiar “Ellen” theme song emanates from each game and players are transported to the set of their favorite TV hour. The games include original voiceover work by Ellen DeGeneres, footage from several of her most-famed “Ellen” episodes that have propelled the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” into the broadcast viewership record books.
“IGT aspires to create the industry’s most entertaining, globally-appealing gaming experiences,” said Joe Sigrist, IGT VP of Game Design and Global Product Management. “By partnering with a brand as legendary as ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ we are in a great position to engage with Ellen’s millions of fans and drive play to our customers around the world.”
Just as any “Ellen” fan would expect, The Ellen DeGeneres Show”™ Featuring Ellen’s Dance Party Video Slots is steeped with toe-tapping tunes and jams that have inspired a generation to dance. The Ellen’s Dance Party Free Spin Bonus turns the game’s reels into a boogie-down bonus round where music motivates fun and big wins are just a spin away.
Building upon the most-anticipated “Ellen” episodes each season, The Ellen DeGeneres Show™ Featuring 12 Days of Giveaways Video Slots features a symbol set that includes many of the show’s most famous gift shop items, including “Ellen”-branded boxers, totes and mugs. A dedicated Free Spins bonus has players spinning reels full of holiday-themed symbols and reaping the rewards of 12 on-screen gift boxes, each revealing multipliers that increase with each spin, 1x – 12x .
Two of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s” games come to life in exciting bonus rounds. Fans of the show will recognize one of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s” most iconic games when engaged in the Know or Go Bonus where trusting contestants stand upon a platform and are eliminated, one-by-one, based on player selections in bonus play. Fresh from the “Ellen” set, Ellen’s Wheel of Riches Bonus offers lucky players the chance to give the touch-screen wheel a spin, revealing potential for colossal credits and a windfall of wins - including one of two of the game’s progressive jackpot awards.
To learn more about these easy-to-understand and dynamic-to-play games from “Out of the Blue,” visit igt.com or join the conversation via @IGTNews and #igtblue.
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About “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” enters its twelfth season continues to be the daytime destination for laughter and fun, highlighting Ellen’s one-of-a-kind observational humor, warmth and generosity, and features the biggest stars from television, film, music and more. The show has now earned an impressive total of 51 Daytime Emmy Awards. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" premiered on September 8, 2003 and was the highest-rated freshman syndicated show of the 2003-2004 season. Originating from Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is produced by A Very Good Production and WAD Productions, Inc. in association with Telepictures, an industry leading and Emmy award-winning producer of syndicated programming, and is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Ellen DeGeneres, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin and Andy Lassner serve as executive producers.