The first skill based video game gambling machine has now been launched via Harrah’s Atlantic City Casino.
For some time, discussions of skill-based gaming have become quite prevalent in the gambling industry. In the past, casino gaming venues could rely on gamblers to enjoy the basic games on the gaming floor such blackjack, roulette or slots. However, as technology advances, gamers want more. The 21 to 30 something crowd have grown up with access to technology and are no longer thrilled by the basic games. This has brought about the discussion of skill-based games, something akin to video gaming.
Because the younger crowd enjoys video games, it was believed that if a gambling element was added, the younger generation would be interested. Now, a new game has been created with skill and video gaming content, along with gambling, and is live in Atlantic City.
Harrah’s Introduces GameCo Skill Game
Considered the first skill based video game gambling machines in the world, GameCo has introduced a new gaming option in Atlantic City. Harrah’s will now be home to the new gaming option with other casinos launching the content in the future. Caesars Atlantic City properties will be the first to offer the new gambling machines with 21 machines being added to Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Bally’s.
The new game is titled Danger Arena and is a video game of the first person action variety. The skill of the player will determine the payout earned. This is the first time that a gaming regulator has approved a game of skill as a gambling product.
Blaine Graboyes is the CEO as well as co-founder of GameCo who commented on the new release by stating that he spent his summers as a child playing video games along the Atlantic City Boardwalk. He feels it is a unique honor to be bringing the first-ever skill based video game product with gambling capabilities to Atlantic City and launching with Caesars Entertainment. The goal of GameCo is to provide gamers with a VIP experience and the casino is the perfect destination to do so. The company feels they can create a new generation of gamers who will find their way to Atlantic City.
Creating a New Gambling Destination
Caesars and GameCo are working together with one vision in mind, to create a destination for future casino customers. This is being done by combining entertainment, engagement and excitement of video gaming as well as esports and gambling. The new gaming option will be placed in high traffic areas that are prominent to the three gaming venues of Caesars.
Harrah’s Resort will feature three triple-unit carousels while Caesars will add two and Bally’s Wild Wild West will also add two. President of Harrah’s Resort, Rick Mazer, issued a statement with President of Bally’s and Caesars, Kevin Ortzman, on the subject, which read that Caesars is excited to be celebrating the launch of the first skill-based video game gaming machines in the world at the three venues. The debut of the innovative machines, exclusively to Caesars, will further position the company as a destination of choice for loyal customers as well as the next generation of customers.
The new product is a video game cabinet and controller in arcade style. Each VGM has a single player game and can take from 45 seconds to one and a half minute to complete. The game was adapted from console, PC and mobile developers to provide a realistic and unique gaming experience. The gambling platform is patented and allows the player to use their skill with video games to earn a payout and maximize winning potential.