New York-based real-money skill games developer GameCo has struck a deal to develop titles based on classic science fiction film Terminator 2: Judgement Day for its video game gambling machines (VGM).

The company has secured the licence to develop the Terminator 2 titles from French film studio Studiocanal SAS, with the deal brokered by entertainment rights management business Creative Licensing.

"It's exciting to introduce our celebrated film titles to fans and casino players in an engaging and interactive format," Creative Licensing president and CEO Rand Marlis said. "GameCo's VGM brings films to life in an updated arcade format, whereby players have fun with a chance of winning big money."

The first title to launch on the arcade-style VGM cabinet will be a single-player, 45-90 second first-person shooter adapted from popular console, PC and mobile games. It sees the player take on the role of the T-800, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film, exterminating opposing Terminators.

"T2 is a world famous classic film known for action, visual effects, and memorable characters, so it's a great fit for the fast-paced experience we want to bring to casinos across the globe," GameCo's head of global business development Rich Maryyanek said.

"We are excited to be working with Studiocanal and CLC to bring the Terminator 2 brand to our video game gambling machines," he added.

GameCo's VGM is the first gaming cabinet looking to combine real-money gaming with console-based play to attract new players to casinos, tapping into the popularity of eSports and offering a more immersive experience. It is the first skill-based gaming company to launch its products on casino floors, with games live in four Atlantic City casinos.

The supplier is currently working on a major roll-out across the US, targeting launches in most US gaming jurisdictions by the end of the year. The first Terminator 2-branded games are expected to go live early in 2017.

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