Three casinos in Atlantic City have been selected to be the guinea pigs for new video game machines in which payout is determined by the player’s ability.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement approved GameCo, Inc. to deploy its machines at three Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment. While the arcade-style machines could start being installed as soon as Monday at Harrah’s, Caesars or Bally’s.
The machines, called VGMs, are aimed at attracting young people who grew up playing video games but have shied away from push button slots.
While other companies have been working to put out similar machines, GameCo. Co-founder Blaine Graboyes said “the VGM is officially the first skill-based video game gambling product approved by any U.S. gaming jurisdiction regulator.”
The company’s flagship product is “Danger Arena.” Players will be given a brief tutorial about the controls and the game before being presented the with a map or game scenario.
This scenario will vary randomly and constitutes the element of chance or randomness like that of traditional slot machines.
It is then up to the player to maneuver through the playing field in 45-to-90-second increments.
GameCo plans to deploy three triple-unit carousels at Caesars, two at Harrah’s and two at Bally’s, with a total of 21 playing stations. It plans to expand them to additional states within the next six months.
No word yet as to plans to expand into Pennsylvania.
Gambit, a company offering a similar product, plans to to debut its machines at Harrah’s Rincon in southern California. After field trials, Caesars Entertainment anticipates putting machines with 125 Gamblit gambling positions into multiple Nevada casinos, and intends to put 100 more positions into additional markets in early 2017.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.