The latest skill-based game from GameCo gives gamblers a chance to see if they've got game at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City.
Nothin’ But Net combines basketball and slots
The new slot game is not exactly Pop-A-Shot. The general idea is a little similar. Players can choose a character, then that character has 16 chances to make a range of shots on the basketball court. Rather than throw an actual ball though, players use a button to control the timing of the virtual shots.
Like other slot games, there are bonus balls to win additional cash and prizes.
GameCo brought video game machines to Atlantic City last year
This is the third game from GameCo, a producer of video game machines (VGM). Also known as skill-based games, these machines are similar to slot machines. However, they play more like a video game than a traditional slot.
The hope is these games will attract millenial-age gamblers, who are increasingly shying away from slot machines.
The initial game offering were Danger Arena and Pharaoh’s Secret Temple. The latter bears resemblance to the puzzle game Bejeweled, while the former is more of a first-person shooter video game.
Unsurprisingly, Pharaoh’s Secret Temple performed about as expected of a standard slot. Danger Arena was a tougher sell. In fact, the skill component of the game might have scared customers away.
Atlantic City Weekly reports Caesars already removed the two games from the casino floor of its three properties. Tropicana, on the other hand, is ready to expand with the new basketball game.
GameCo wants to grow beyond New Jersey casinos
Tropicana is not the only property in the country still trying to get into the VGM business. Several casinos in Nevada are also testing out skill-based games.
Planet Hollywood is in the midst of a trial run of games from Gamblit Gaming. Meanwhile, MGM Grand is going big on the millenial demographic with an entire lounge dedicated to esports and video games. Within the new Level Up Lounge, there are also skill-based games from Konami, including popular titles like Frogger.
The trend is not exclusive to Las Vegas either. Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe is also testing out VGMs.
The increased demand for skill-based games is good news for GameCo CEO Blaine Graboyes. He is currently in the process of securing a new round of funding to the tune of $20-$30 million. The company is already developing new games based on titles like the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day and the television shows Vikings and Star Trek.