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Hindus close down Shiva gambling game

Hindus close down Shiva gambling game

Complaints earlier this month by Rajan Zed of the Universal Society of Hinduism that an online slot machine themed on the god Shiva was insensitive to his religion have been followed by the product’s withdrawal from the market and  an apology from the Germany developer.

According to this report, Gauselmann chairman Paul Gauselmann wrote:

We understand the confusion and irritation concerning this. Therefore, we will immediately remove this game from our games portfolio and no longer offer it. 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.

Accepting the apology, Zed thanked Gauselmann AG and Paul Gauselmann for understanding the concerns of the worldwide Hindu community, and suggested that multinational corporations do more to ensure their senior executives are better educated in religious and cultural sensitivity.

Following Zed’s original complaint, other religions, including Muslim, Christian and Jewish representatives, voiced their support in moves against religious icons being used in gambling applications.

This report has more, saying that the “Shiva” slot gambling machine was developed by the Merkur Division of Espelkamp (Germany) headquartered ny the Gauselmann Group. It features a blue four-armed Lord Shiva with dark red lips carrying damru (drum) in one hand. Besides Lord Shiva other religious icons were featured. Gamblers were invited to:

Step into the realm of the god Shiva and experience an exciting adventure!

One could  play it on various online casinos.

“Distinguished Hindu statesman” Zed noted that Lord Shiva, who was highly revered in Hinduism, is meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not used for promoting gambling on slots “for mercantile greed of an international company”.

Zed demanded a public apology  and the immediately recall of the game. He pointed out that inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda was unacceptable as it “hurt devotees”.

He added that Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and is rich in philosophical thought. It should not be taken lightly. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be “mishandled”.

In Hinduism, Lord Shiva, along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, forms the great triad of Hindu deities. Moksh (liberation) is the ultimate goal of Hinduism.

The global Gauselmann Group, launched in 1957, claims to be “world’s leading gaming companies” which reportedly did over €1.8 billion business in 2013. Merkur Gaming, whose tagline is “More than just a game”, has a large game selection and develops “cutting-edge casino machines” with presence in various countries of Europe; besides Mexico, Peru and Colombia.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

12 responses to “Hindus close down Shiva gambling game”

  1. L.Long says:

    The main religions denounce gambling,,,because religion IS the main gamble….which is true and which are not…pick and choose and you will soon see if you chose wisely!!!
    What a lode of BS!!! can’t use the gawds because they are sacred??? Ya Sure! Although if the company is doing business in the various countries then of course they apologized as we can’t have anything cut into profits.

  2. Trevor Blake says:

    Religions that ritually slaughter thousands of animals – in a day – do not get much consideration from me about their hurt feelings from a computer game.

    http://m.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30250517

  3. Robster says:

    After millennia of invisible silence and total inertia, I’d have thought the purveyors of the various flavours of the god nonsense would be proud to see their deity(s) animated and on line. I’m not that familiar with Hindu stuff but if it’s like the jesus followers, there’s little more than plastic jesus’ nailed to sticks, stuck on christian venue walls for the followers to errr..follow. A computer game of some sort with a digitised deity would certainly add some interest to an otherwise deadly dull offering.

  4. Smokey says:

    Offense is taken, not given.

    Stop pandering to the overly delicate sensibilities of the religious!

    “He added that Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and is rich in philosophical thought. It should not be taken lightly.”

    No, it should be mocked, because it is just organized superstition.

  5. barriejohn says:

    How long are we going to keep “apologizing” to the religious over their hurt feelings? What’s the matter with them?

  6. Newspaniard says:

    Wow! Anyone else notice that the streets are NOT running with blood and no-one has been killed in this spat. The difference between the Hindu religion and the islamic death cult is really telling. Imagine the world-wide riots which wold have occurred if this games manufacturer had exploited the myth of Big Mo and his sky fairy.

  7. L.Long says:

    One thing I noticed is that the game would have been nice to play as the hindoos at least have bright colorful interesting looking BS rather than the dull boring BS of IsLame & xtians.

  8. barriejohn says:

    Newspaniard: I fear that they’re only a hair’s breadth away from it.

    http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/bollywood/news/a618888/hindu-activists-burn-effigies-of-aamir-khan-in-pk-protests.html#~p0oOhdfKyU2Jyi

    How depressing.

  9. barriejohn says:

    Some Hindus are also getting very worked up over adherents converting to Islam or Christianity:

    http://gulfnews.com/news/world/india/christian-converts-fear-attacks-from-hindu-groups-seek-police-protection-1.1434035

  10. Brian Jordan says:

    Same old same old. “Our religion doesn’t allow it so you must not do it either.” Repeat ad nauseam.

  11. Vanity Unfair says:

    At the very least it is bad manners. How about a compromise and base a game on Apsaras, the Hindu/Vedic spirits that control gambling?

  12. Cali Ron says:

    Seems to me, if any of these powerful gods were real they could handle the offense or take care of it with there super powers. Don’t the sheeple see that if man has to defend god, then god is defenseless, as is the argument for his existence. As usual, religious fools trying to push there ignorance onto everybody else.
    And what a silly spectacle, slaughtering all those animals for an imaginary deity.