Skill-Based Games Hit Land-Based Casinos

If you’ve played plenty of online slots in the past, then you may be familiar with games like The Winning Dead, where you can use skill to influence bonus-round results. But for the first time ever, skill-based slot machines are now hitting brick-and-mortar casinos. This month, a game called Danger Arena was unveiled at Caesars […]

danger-arena-casinosIf you’ve played plenty of online slots in the past, then you may be familiar with games like The Winning Dead, where you can use skill to influence bonus-round results. But for the first time ever, skill-based slot machines are now hitting brick-and-mortar casinos.

This month, a game called Danger Arena was unveiled at Caesars Atlantic City.

“Caesars is excited to celebrate the launch of the world’s first skill-based video game gaming machines,” the casino said in a statement.

Danger Arena is a first-person shooter where your skill level determines your ability to win. Designed by GameCo Inc., Danger Arena is the land-based casino industry’s first attempt at the skill-based genre.

Caesars ordered 21 of these arcade games, which take 45-90 seconds to play. This is a small number of the 14,000 slot machines throughout Atlantic City, but it represents an exciting new addition to brick-and-mortar gambling.

Nevada has also approved skill-based gaming, but, unlike New Jersey, they’ve yet to debut these machines.

atlantic-city-arcade-gamblingIn both Nevada and New Jersey, the hope is that arcade-based gaming can attract more millennials, an age group that’s largely stayed out of land-based casinos.

“I spent my summers growing up playing video games at the arcade on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City,” said GameCo founder Blaine Graboyes. “It’s a unique honor to be bringing the first-ever skill-based video game gambling products to launch in Atlantic City with Caesars Entertainment.”

Graboyes also said that he sees “a bright, revitalized future in Atlantic City as a new generation of gamers find their way here.”

Atlantic City is especially banking on this revitalized future as they look for a spark. The city has seen its gambling revenue decline every year since 2005, when they hit a peak of $5.2 billion.

 

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