Popular Czech Republic’s software provider, Endorphina released the official statement about removing the Maori slot. A few weeks ago, Maori slot has been removed from gaming sites as it faced disapproval of certain groups in New Zealand.
The Māori slot was the last release of Endorphina’s successful 2016 year. It was one of the games that the company worked on for over a year. The slot is a one-of-a-kind game with beautiful 3D animations of the Haka dance, authentic symbols and nice portrayed face tattoos of the Māori people. The Maori slot was available on Endorphina’s website and in their partner casinos. It was warmly welcomed around the world and received very positive response from players.
The Maori slot game was supposed to be the celebration of the cultural heritage of New Zealand. Maori’s remarkable culture, traditions, and symbols were initiated over hundreds of years in complete isolation and Endorphina wanted to pay tribute to it. Following months of research and weeks of finalizing the smallest details, the work resulted in a visually attractive and culturally on-point slot that gained a lot of attention after its release.
However, the game was not received well by all the people. Especially some New Zealanders and the authorities of certain tribes were unhappy with the theme of the game and the fact that their culture and symbols were depicted in such detail in an international online game without prior notice. Hāpai Te Hauora, the Māori public health agency, wanted the the Maori slot to be withdrawn from the game portfolio with Endorphina’s official apology.
Endorphina about the removal of Maori slot:
Edgar Mkrtchyan, Casino Manager at BetConstruct stated:
Endorphina’s team announced it is whole-heartedly sorry for this unfortunate situation and their official apology has already been sent to Māori authorities. The company stated that it was never their intention to insult Māoris or to cause any kind of cultural misinterpretation.
After the negative feedback, the Māori game was temporarily withdrawn from Endorphina’s game portfolio and necessary changes in the design are being made to remove all elements that could evoke any connection to Māori people and their culture.