Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) released a new title, Duck Dynasty Slots, which is a game including homophobe Phil Robertson, the head of Duck Dynasty who was suspended by A&E, but later recanted some of his anti-gay comments. The release of this new game, however, creates a perception problem for Zynga. The game maker has been an ardent supporter of all communities, but publishing a game that promotes an acknowledged homophobe certainly sends a contradictory message.
Zynga shows support to LGBT Community
To clear the confusion, GamesBeat contacted Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA). The game maker affirmed that Robertson is included in the game when contacted by GamesBeat. The game focuses on the events that took place in the series; however, the controversial parts have not been included.
The game maker told GamesBeat that despite publishing the Duck Dynasty Casino game, it remains an ardent advocate of diversity and the rights of players and employees, including the LGBT community.
Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) further said that it had demonstrated its support for gay rights by being a part in filing an amicus briefing before the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the unfairness of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8. The latest title is based on the television show and does not reflect on the personal beliefs of individual Zynga employees or the company.
“We are deeply committed to fostering a community built on respect and equality and we will be listening to our players to incorporate their feedback into our games in order to create the best possible experience,” Zynga said.
Available on iOS, Android
The players will be able to experience an arcade style level-based slot machine experience. At a higher levels, players can access the higher maximum bet amounts and limited time payout bonus, coupled with other prizes. There are new themes and levels based on the TV show, and players can even play mini games such as the roulette wheel. This wheel offers a chance of doubling or quadrupling a spin’s prize.
Players can play the game across devices by connecting to Facebook, and can also buy additional in-game currency to continue playing without stopping. In addition to this, they will also receive free coins every hour.
Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) has made the title available on both the Android and iOS platform.