Bizarre News: Playtech Puts Hindu Gods On Slot Machine ReelsMay 25, 2012 12:06 pm
Gaming software company Playtech appears to have fallen foul of the Hindu community after an online slot game called Lakshmi Gold was released in which some of the religion’s holiest deities are used as symbols on a reel.
Hinduism is the predominant religion of India, and as well as being the world’s third biggest religion with around one billion followers, it is also the world’s oldest religion. Whereas Christianity began around 30BC and Islam in 610BC, Hiduism’s sacred texts the Vedas were written down around 1500BC.
Nevertheless, Playtech apparently thought it was a good idea to produce a Hindu deities themed slot machine, which features Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, fortune and beauty as a bonus symbol in a five reel 25 payline video slot. A hymn to Lakshmi is even played during free spins. In addition, Lord Ganesh the god of wisdom is also known as the remover of obstacles and his appearance signifies, in this case, a jackpot payout.
Showing a stunning lack of sensitivity to other peoples’ religions, one promotion for the slot referred to Hinduism as a mythology with the onlinecasinoarchives.com article entitled ‘The Hindus have the key to your jackpot,’stating:
“Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth in Hindu mythology and has 6 arms – perfect for a slot game..the wild symbol is the Hindu god Ganesh..who removes all obstacles – perfect for a wild symbol! ..The other symbols include the cow, tiger and peacock. You probably already know that the Hindus worship the cow.”
Following its online release, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed called the Lakshmi Gold slot machine highly inappropriate and according to many media sources stated that the “Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh were meant to be worshiped in temples or home shrines and not for promoting gambling on an online slot for mercantile greed of an online gaming company.”
Rajan Zed further called on Playtech to apologize for the incident and recall the Lakshmi Gold slot.