Last week the history of gambling was changed when the first skill-based VGM (video game gambling machine) was launched at Harrah’s Atlantic City Hotel & Resort. The revolutionary game was developed by GameCo in cooperation with Caesars Entertainment, the owner of Harrah’s. The first skill-based gambling game is called “Danger Arena” and it represents a combination of action arcade games and gambling slot machines. It will be available across all Caesars casinos in New Jersey, while GameCo announced that it would be launched in other cities in the future.
Revolution In Gambling World
VGM or video game gambling machines are actually cabinets with controllers used for playing, featuring games similar to typical video game but with the gambling aspect of slot machines, which promise a certain return to player (RTP). GameCo was awarded the Silver Medal for VGM in the category Best Slot Product at the 16th Annual Global Gaming Business Gaming & Technology Awards.
The main aim for creating this innovative and ground-breaking concept was to meet the needs of modern players, specifically those generations who grew up on video games. Being that they are now coming of age and becoming legally allowed to gamble, there is an interest in casinos and gambling on their part but the traditional casino games such as slots simply do not suit their views of entertainment.
Slot developers are going out of their way to redesign and reinvent classic slot games in order to make them more appealing and immersive but what they lack is interaction. Precisely this is what VGM offer: active engagement of the player and the skill level which brings payouts. The first players that want to test their skills and get paid for them will have the chance to do so at Harrah’s Resort, Caesars and Bally’s Wild Wild West, all owned by Caesars Entertainment.
How exactly does VGM work?
Skill-based video game gambling machines represent video games for a single player who uses a controller similar to Xbox. The player has 45-90 seconds to demonstrate his skill and get his stake multiplied according to the level of his skill.
The financial aspect of the game employs traditional slot machine concept. The difference is that slots must completely depend on chance, that is to say, everyone has equal chances to win, whereas in VGM the winnings depend on the skill. However, there are rules on return to player which must guarantee an RTP of 83% or higher, so after careful analysis and consultation with slot experts, GameCo team have included a random selection of maps and a random bonus feature.
The first game is Danger Arena, an action video game in which the players must shoot the robots in order to win the prize. GameCo have announced that the upcoming games will cover different themes: adventure, puzzles, sports etc.
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