Lord Shiva Slot Withdrawn From the Market

Lord Shiva Slot Withdrawn From the Market LCB previously wrote about Hindu followers being offended by use of religious icons in Shiva Slot, especially Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism. This story got an epilog recently when the product was withdrawn from the market followed by an apology from the provider, Gauselmann Group in Germany.

Paul Gauselmann, the chairman of Gauselmann Group, commented on the withdrawal of the notorious video slot:

“We understand the confusion and irritation concerning this…Therefore, we will immediately remove this game from our games portfolio and no longer offer it. At no point in time did we have the intention to insult the religious or ideological feelings of Hindus.

"We truly regret the confusion this has caused and you may rest assured that we will be even more diligent concerning the design and the designation of our games in the future.”

Mr. Rajan Zed accepted the apology thanking Gauselmann AG and Paul Gauselmann for understanding, suggesting that multinational corporations should do more to ensure their senior executives are better educated in religious and cultural sensitivity.
  • I really think it sucks that these people felt compelled to remove a fully developed slot game from their portfolio because a couple of symbols happened to offend some tiny proportion of the public who probably have no interest in playing online slot games anyway. All this pandering to minorities has no doubt contributed hugely to the mess we have right now with Islamic Extremists.
  • That seems to have been a bad decision, not sure why they tried that route on a slot machine anyway . Safer to stick to old school...( fruit , bell, bar etc ) My goodness there are a million things u can make the graphics into other than something offensive or even borderline offensive . Pick a noun and run with it ...hope this sets example for next go . In this day and time a lot of ppl are offended by a lot easily.
  • Jade, your last sentence had me pondering for quite awhile! It is beautiful in its truth, and I hope that we stay a nation that can retain that standard. I would prefer being sued to being murdered.
  • I remember the previous article and I agree that removing the slot was a wise choice. In the US, you would be amazed the people that become offended over this and that (nothing as offensive as this slot). In fact, being offended and suing the offenders has become an American pastime.
  • There is a reason that even slots based on religious holidays like Christmas or Easter stick to the more mythical or secular imagery e.g. Father Christmas and presents or bunnies and eggs, rather than taking direct inspiration from the Bible e.g. the newborn Jesus in a manger or Christ on the cross... Depicting important deities from a major religion like Hinduism in a gambling slot is beyond tacky. The fact that this game was apparently released without a single person ever asking, "Is this really a good idea?" or thinking to consult an actual Hindi, or any religious expert for that matter, is mind-boggling to me.
  • Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism. Are they allowed to gamble? I wonder if the Pope ever played slots? I don't know it just doesn't seem like they would. Well, I'm now looking at religious figures in a whole new light. But Anyways.... People should already know that anything that has to do with religion is always off limits. As for spacepucks comments...LOL LOL that's very very funny....Hey I'm Irish....what does those leprechauns do in that game? LOL.
  • Oh dear, I was just taking a glance at all the games we can play for free, and all I could see were offensive images! Dragons and pixies and fortune tellers and the Devil hisself! Sultans and kings and slave girls and magic carpets and fat cops and objectified women! Talking animals! Leprechauns! Stereotyped Mob Bosses and equally ethnic goons! Cowboys and Indians! There was no end to it! Aaaack please where are the fruit machines...Did I mention Leprechauns??!!? And not to be culturally insensitive, but isn't "zed" Canadian for the letter "z" ?
  • I must say that I never played this slot, but I read that article about this slot and it's offensive icons. Anyway, I respect every religion and I think that no religious symbol should be used on any game, maybe it's not offensive but there is no need of that. There are many other themes and icons to use. So I really support this move.

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