GTECH lets the zombies loose in Helsinki



HELSINKI, Finland – Casino Helsinki has recently installed two Plants vs. Zombies titles from GTECH’s gaming product brand, SPIELO, and they have become an immediate success with players. The two titles – Plants vs. Zombies™ Gargantuar and Plants vs. Zombies™ Backyard Showdown – have revived a slow area on the casino floor, according to casino management. 

Both games feature the Graveyard Bonus, where players pick tombstones, collect suns to win one of three progressives, and avoid the brain-craving zombies. Plants vs. Zombies Gargantuar offers a plant/zombie scatter pay and random wilds in the base game, with the Vase Breaker Pick-a-Prize and Gargantuar Free Spins bonuses. Meanwhile, Plants vs. Zombies Backyard Showdown has a base game where plant symbols have special powers – just like the casual game. In the Who Will Win the Spin bonus, players win extra credits for guessing three correct spins in a row.

The top-selling casual Plants vs. Zombies games are played by millions of people worldwide and appeal equally to both men and women. GTECH worked closely with PopCap to stay true to the spirit of their brands and create terrifically fun and engaging Plants vs. Zombies slot games that capture the games’ creativity, humor and attention to detail.

“We installed the Plants vs. Zombies machines in an area that has been quite difficult game-wise. But from the very first day, customers have taken to the machines, and I have received a lot of positive feedback from our players about the games. The customers seem to like the bonus rounds very much, and love that they happen quite frequently,” said Sina Hentunen, Business Manager at Casino Helsinki.

“The games have not only attracted new players, but our regular players enjoy playing them because of the progressive prizes. The machines themselves look great and they definitely bring the ‘wow’ effect to the casino floor. I am very happy with the initial revenues and games played.”  

GTECH’s PopCap library of games is presented on the MaXVusion™ cabinet with a 32” portrait high definition LCD top screen. This cabinet offers customized, dynamic content and vibrant game screen features, along with highly visible, theme-specific packaging and a full-color digital button deck. 

“We know our customers want compelling and entertaining content that will intrigue current players, while also growing the player base,” said Athanasios “Sakis” Isaakidis, GTECH Sr. Director and General Manager, EMEA Casino.

“The positive performance of Plants vs. Zombies at Casino Helsinki proves once again that we work closely with our customers to provide them with the right products for their operation.”

GTECH S.p.A. is a leading commercial operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets, delivering best-in-class products and services, with a commitment to the highest levels of integrity, responsibility, and shareholder value creation. The Company is listed on the FTSE MIB at the Milan Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “GTK” and is majority owned by De Agostini S.p.A. In 2013, GTECH had approximately €3.1 billion in revenues and more than 8,600 employees in approximately 60 countries. For more information, please visit