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Endorphina releases official statement about removing a Maori slot

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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 Hāpai Te Hauora, the Māori public health agency, wanted the the Maori slot to be withdrawn from the game portfolio with Endorphina’s official apology.

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Endorphina about the removal of Maori slot:

“Our main intention with the Māori game and with any other culture-oriented game is always to broaden the cultural knowledge, open-mindedness, and understanding among people. Our games are made to entertain people and we want to give them an option to get on a journey to different worlds and realities without the need of leaving their homes. Also, we try to convey the experience of exploring and discovering new countries to a wide audience worldwide as not everyone is lucky enough to be given the privilege to travel and see the world himself.”

“Creating a culture-related game we do not intend to specifically target people that are related to this culture. We want to attract foreign players and give them an exclusive insight to different cultures, those who exist nowadays as well as those who don´t, like our Urartu slot. This game was appreciated worldwide but the positive feedback also came from Armenia and local players. When we receive positive feedback from the country the game was designed after, it is the most valuable recognition we can ask for as developers.”
Edgar Mkrtchyan, Casino Manager at BetConstruct stated:

“Players in Armenia were truly delighted when we started offering Endorphina’s slot Urartu to our partner vbet.com. So far it has been the top performing Endorphina slot available in this market. It is exciting that Endorphina has created a game about the Armenian culture and the Kingdom of Urartu with a 3000-year history. With this, they gained in favor with local players.”

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.

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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.

Robert Novak, Head of Development at Endorphina:

“It’s truly regrettable that the game couldn’t have stayed in its original design as it was one of our most detailed and elaborate games. The whole team and me especially, feel very sorry. I visited New Zealand myself, travelled 7000 km all around the country and spent there several weeks and fell in love with the country. The people, nature and the country itself will be in my memories forever and in fact, those are the greatest memories of my life. I wanted to create the Maori game purely out of love to reflect all the warm emotions it evokes in me. “
Endorphina releases official statement about removing a Maori slot was last modified: March 17th, 2017 by CasinoNews.Today