As casino operators work to figure out the best way to drive the next generation of players, skill-based gaming is playing a central role a this year’s edition of G2E in Las Vegas. As the segment continues to gains momentum within the industry, more and more companies incorporate skill-based game titles to their stands.
This emerging trend is represented Global Gaming Expo 2017, not only by traditional companies adopting skill-based titles to their offerings, but also by new firms specifically dedicated to this area. The show is being the platform for the launch of several skill-based gaming titles.
GameCo is presenting the “Casino of the Future, Now” at G2E, by presenting new Video Gambling Machines (VGM) titles, including Steve Aoki’s Neon Dream, Terminator 2: Judgment Day™, Cosmic Candy Heist,” bubble shooter “Poseidon’s Deep Sea Saga,” and hidden object game “Twisted Worlds.” The company is also debuting its multigame Bartop VGM, featuring five of its casual and sports games, which can seamlessly fit into existing and future bar areas, as well as its prototype of its Multiplayer Challenge Mode™.
Having just announced a strategic partnership with Japan based Bandai Namco Entertainment, the developer behind the iconic arcade game PAC-MAN™, Gamblit Gaming is premiering a one-of-a-kind casino experience with PAC-MAN Battle Casino™ at the show. PAC-MAN Battle Casino features cutting-edge real-money gaming mechanics as 2-4 players battle each other for a cash prize.
Among key companies offering skill-based offers at their stands is IGT, with a diverse portfolio of skill-chance hybrid content, omni-channel games, and arcade-inspired concepts. Players can try several titles from IGT Video Reel Edge® (VRE) game portfolio, such as Cleopatra Pinball, Fuzzy Fortune®, and Little Fish Big Fish™ VRE games.
Konami has expanded its product offering to include skill-based products, after the success of Frogger: Get Hoppin. The company’s next skill-based gaming innovation is a rhythmic dexterity game called Beat Square, which challenges players to compete for top scores by tapping lighted square buttons to the beat of the music.
Synergy Blue is also promoting its new Hybrid Arcade Wager-based Gaming (HAWG) system, which includes a bespoke first-person shooter game.
Well-known casino operators such as Caesars and MGM are among the first companies to welcome skill-based gaming to their properties across the United States. The most recent announcement in this regards, has been made by the deployment of GameCo’s Video Gambling Machines at Choctaw Casino & Resort.