Swedish online casino game supplier NetEnt was delighted to launch its Street Fighter II pokie. We say was because NetEnt pulled Street Fighter II less than a fortnight after its launch.
NetEnt launched the video game-themed pokie on May 21 but it lasted less than two weeks before being pulled. A leaked document showed an analysis of the pokie caused some internal concerns. These concerns revolve around responsible gambling and the staking behaviour of the machine’s players.
An email aimed at casinos using Street Fighter II was leaked to casino news outlets. It read:
We have identified a potential situation whereby player staking behaviour could impact the intended gameplay experience on our recent release Street Fighter II: The World Warrior Slot.
Please be assured that to date the game has been performing within the expected parameters in respect to the certified math model and RTP on a network level.
We have taken the decision to implement the following steps:
1: In the coming hours, we will temporarily disable Street Fighter II: The World Warrior Slot in production.
2: Our teams have already identified a fix that will prevent this issue from occurring, and we are in the process of implementing this. Once this game is certified by our test house, we will make it available to you.
Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused, and rest assured we are working hard to get this game back up and running for you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding, and should you require any further information please reach out to your Account Manager.”
What Went Wrong With Street Fighter II?
It’s unknown what the Street Fighter II issue was but it appears to be something to do with player staking. Reports suggest the pokie altered bet sizes as the bonus rounds approached. Others suggest players could manipulate when bonus rounds happened by increasing their bet sizes.
NetEnt acted swiftly and disabled Street Fighter II in all online casinos offering the game. There’s been no official news from NetEnt and the pokie is showing on its website. This seems strange, although understandable to some degree as NetEnt launched the game with much fanfare.
The game itself looks fantastic and is a must-play for any fan of the Street Fighter series. It’s quite complicated in that all eight characters have their own active effects on the reels. All the biggest characters are available to play as. These include Ryu and Ken, E. Honda, Dalshim, Chun Li, and Blanka.
There are boss fights too with Balrog, Vega, Sagat and the legendary M. Bison. Fans of the video game series will love the “car smash” feature as seen in the hit video game.
What Is Street Fighter II?
Street Fighter 2 is a competitive fighting game developed by Capcom. The game was originally released for arcade systems in 1991 but it soon made its way to consoles. It was a massive hit on the Super Nintendo (SNES) system and has even been ported into newer consoles.
Estimates suggest more than 200,000 Street Fighter II arcade games have sold worldwide. More than 15 million software units, including 6.3 million on SNES alone, resulted in over $10 billion in revenues. It’s one of the top three highest-grossing video games of all-time.
What Next For NetEnt
Having to pull a pokie less than a week after launch is a huge embarrassment for NetEnt. The company has spent years building a reputation for fair, fun and secure pokies. Pulling the machine was the only option available to NetEnt.
The company has spent a small fortune in securing the intellectual rights for this elite title. It will be back, that is for certain, when it returns is another matter entirely.