The gambling regulators of New Jersey have approved the use of the first skill-based slot machines in the United States. The slot device which resembled a video game has been given the go signal to be unveiled in three Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment.
The slot game is titled Danger Arena wherein the payout is based on the player's ability. The game has video gaming roots, but with casino economics.
Game Co, Inc., a New York City-based game design company will have the game undergo several weeks of testing. They are confident that the game will usher in a new era of gaming that attracts young people who grew up playing video games.
"Caesars is excited to celebrate the launch of the world's first skill-based video game gaming machines," the casino operator said in a statement.
"I spent my summers growing up playing video games at the arcade on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. 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," said GameCo CEO Blaine Graboyes.
Atlantic City's finances are currently in dire situation, having lost five of its casinos within the last three years. The introduction of new gaming machines may help in attracting a new breed of gamblers to the city.
Similar gaming machines have been approved for Nevada casinos, but have not been unveiled yet.