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Tolkien Estate End Lord of the Rings Slot Dispute

Posted by Maya Michaels on Friday, July 7, 2017

Tolkien estate settled their dispute with Warner Bros. over Lord of the Rings slot

Ever since the famous trilogy – The Lord of the Rings – first hit the movie screens, J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate encountered several issues with cinematography giants Warner Bros. regarding the book adaptation.

Lord of the Rings Dispute

One such issue occurred in 2012, when the estate and the movie studio locked horns in a legal battle over the commercialisation of the original work which included, as you might guess, the much-advertised slot title Lord of the Rings, based on the Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of the trilogy.

Warner Bros. signed a digital licensing deal with one of world’s leading online casino software providers Microgaming, who ended up creating an epic slot game which was supposed to be a legendary tribute to one of the most popular movie titles of all times.

With photos of characters from the movie as slot symbols instead of graphically created images, the Lord of the Rings slot was indeed a fantastic presentation for all slot enthusiasts.

The Lord of the Rings logo was used as the Wild, whereas the Ring was the Scatter symbol. Of course, there was the Eye of the Sauron as a bonus symbol, an expandable icon increasing the chances of landing big wins.

Deal Reached & Settlement Made

The Tolkien estate, however, claimed the deal with Warner Bros. included the sale of ‘tangible’ merchandise and not of the ‘morally questionable’ online gambling and casino products.

Having found themselves unsolicited in the middle of a fantasy war between the two giants, the slot developers Microgaming had no choice but to pull the slot, intended to be a 5×3 game with no less than 243 winning ways and some impressive winning possibilities, from the market.

The estate and published HarperCollins claimed Warner Bros. did not have the rights to put trilogy up into the iGaming business, but the film studio filed a counter complaint to fight for their rights.

After five years of dispute and millions in licence fees, it is being reported that an undisclosed agreement has been reached between the two parties, settling the dispute.

“The parties are pleased that they have amicably resolved this matter and look forward to working together in the future.”, a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement without revealing the terms of the settlement.

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