Ganapati signs major Japanese artist for game release

Slots developer, Ganapati, has reached an agreement to launch a new game around the hit Japanese single ‘Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen’.

The single was released by singer-songwriter PIKOTARO, and was produced by superstar comedian Daimaou Kosaka.

The single was released on YouTube in August 2016 reaching 110 million views. With 96,000 related videos uploaded, the total number had exceeded more than 1 billion viewings to date, with the media hailing it as the next viral hit.

Ganapati, which develops slots based around Japanese culture, has a deal in place with Sony and AVEX to launch the game later this year.

Richard Hogg, director at Ganapati, said: “Japanese culture is taking the world by storm right now, and we are excited to be able to share it with European consumers via our slots games.

“The country’s entertainment industry is the most innovative and exciting in the world, evidenced by the success of Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen, PIKOTARO, and Daimaou Kosaka.

“With the deal now in place, our team of designers and developers are already hard at work on the look and feel of the game, and we can’t wait to bring it to market later this year.”

Ganapati was founded in 2016 by a group of experienced entrepreneurs from around the world. Its aim is to supply the online gaming market with titles that combine the best Japanese game logic and design with a unique entertainment element.

It’s first game, Suzu: She Ninja, was featured at ICE Totally Gaming and features stunning graphics in the style of Anime and Manga.