Classic gaming icon Atari has made another comeback, perhaps not in the way we might have expected it. Atari Casino is, believe it or not, a real-money gambling website, which features Atari-themed games across multiple platforms.
It’s a collaboration between the well-known brand and Pariplay, the team behind iGaming and iLottery. Games like Asteroids, Star Raiders, Centipede and Pong are all featured in the new project, which uses the fan-favourite brands across scratchers, slots, Keno and other casino-style games.
Asteroids gets the scratcher treatment: Blast space junk out of the sky and turn them into collectible gems. Star Raiders turns into a slot machine: Play 25 pay lines in an intergalactic experience full of “cosmic fun”.
Fred Chesnais, Chief Executive Officer of Atari, Inc explains the move:
With Atari Casino, we have taken our beloved brands and created a new and innovative way for our fans to experience our classic games. The real money gaming market is growing rapidly and we believe our joint venture with Pariplay will help position Atari Casino for success by leveraging Pariplay’s expertise and back-end infrastructure in a real-money environment while we bring the Atari community to the table.
Like it or not, Atari Casino is likely to pop up on a website near you. Rather than sticking to one or two online locations, all of the games are available through the Pariplay network, where operators can upload the games directly to their own sites. The combination of nostalgia and real-money may prove too tempting for some people – please be careful.