Skill-based slot machines approved for Vegas casinos

Skill-based slot machines with video game-style play have been approved for Las Vegas casinos, under legislation signed last month by Nevada governor Brian Sandoval.

The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers – one of the advocates for the bill – stated that a slot machine’s normal 88 per cent payback might increase to 98 per cent if the gambler is particularly skilled” at classic gameplay mechanics such as shooting down enemy planes in the bonus round or outracing your friends in a road rally."

"This bill allows gaming manufacturers to use cutting-edge technology to meet the challenges prompted by a younger, more technologically engaged visitor demographic,” Governor Sandoval said. Passing this legislation into law is an important step forward in providing new opportunities for this critical industry to progress while ensuring that Nevada remains the global epicenter for gaming innovation and development.”

American Gaming Association spokesman Chris Moyer toldArs Technicathat it wouldn’t be a stretch to see video game licensing deals taking place under the new measure.

"I wouldn’t be surprised to see some video game partnership licensing deals," Moyer said. "You can imagine a lot of the popular video games making their way into the casino floors."

The American Gaming Association is currently pushing for similar legislation in all US states that allow casinos.

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