After the outcry that came about when the Gauselmann Group released a slot game called Shiva, the slot has been removed. The slot upset not only Hindus, but those of other religions too. The slot has been described as inappropriate and should never have reached casino screens. While the offensive mistake had already been made, the question was whether something would be done about it or not.
The company that created the slot game is located in Germany. The Chairman of Espelkamp, Paul Gauselmann, has arranged for the removal of the slot game, and also issued an official written apology.
The apology read as follows: “We understand the confusion and irritation concerning this [slot release]. Therefore, we will immediately remove this game from our games portfolio and no longer offer this. 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.”
The President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, who had been instrumental in making the original complaint, replied by thanking Mr. Gauselmann, and his company, Gauselmann AG, for removing the slot game, and for acknowledging and understanding the concerns of the Hindu community around the world. In addition to complaints from the Hindu community, both Christian and Jewish religious leaders agreed that the use of Shiva in a slot was inappropriate.
Merkur Gaming, a division of the Gauselmann Group, designed the Shiva slot game. Merkur designs games for casinos that are located in a number of locations around the world, including Europe, Colombia, Peru, and Mexico. The Gauselmann Group was established in 1957, and did business for more than €1.8 billion in the 2013 financial year.