Casinos welcome new era of games
February 24, 2016 9:09 AM
by Phil Hevener
New Jersey gaming regulators have posted the new rules that allow companies to place their skill-based games on the floors of the state’s eight casinos.
The rules include requirements that the games pay out a certain percentage of bets collected and they prohibit casinos from making the games harder or easier while a game is in progress, based on the perceived skill of the player.
The new games are expected to appeal to millennials who have a ho-hum reaction to traditional electronic games that they tend to dismiss as less interesting than they once were.
Some companies are developing real money versions of arcade games such as “Angry Birds” and “Words with Friends.
Manufacturers who bring their skill-based games to New Jersey before taking them to other jurisdictions can have them on casino floors within 14 days of approval. Similar rules have already been adopted in Nevada.
Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: PhilHevener@GamingToday.com.