Vegas Set to Swap Slot Machines for Video Games

By Shabana Arif
6 July 2015 10:15 GMT

Arcades might be making a comeback in Vegas. Slot machines are on their way out.


Slot machines just aren’t cutting it with kids these days – of legal gambling age with money to burn, that is. So they may well be on their way out, to be replaced with video games.

David Chang, chief marketing officer for Gamblit Gaming, who develop games in the ’emerging interactive entertainment meets gambling space’, remarked “You have as much chance getting a millennial into slot machines as you do getting your grandmother into playing Halo…Slots today are designed entertainment experiences, but for a completely different demographic, and that’s people who grew up with slot machines.”

The world’s oldest slot machine maker, Bally Technologies, is already looking to make some changes to entice younger players as demonstrated when they were willing to pay up to $100 million for Dragonplay – an Israel based developer making poker, slots and bingo games for Facebook and mobile.

The focus for the future will be on skill-based games rather than those of chance and the Nevada Gaming Commission will be considering this proposition later this year.

With so many people frittering their money away on freemium mobile games as it is, adding the incentive of a cash reward could well be the way to go.

But with a multitude of these games in your pocket that you can play where and whenever, are the coveted ‘millenials’ really going to sit down in front of a glorified tablet on a podium for hours at a time?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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