Scientific aims to lead change in Nevada slots

Scientific aims to lead change in Nevada slots

Monday, May 18, 2015 Totally Gaming
Nevada is set to allow arcade-style slots

Scientific Games says it wants to be at the forefront of arcade-style slots gaming after Nevada approves new laws.

Mollie Cole, Scientific’s director of corporate communications, told TotallyGaming.com that the firm welcomes Senate Bill 9 (SB9), which would allow slot machines to add a skill-based, arcade-style element and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Brian Sandovol in the next fortnight after last week being given overwhelming approval by both legislative houses in the US state.

SB9 is the first legislation ever to have been initiated by the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), which had polled members – including Scientific – in 2014 to submit ideas on how to boost innovation that would require a change in Nevada law.

“Skills-based slots are a paradigm shift for the gaming industry, and as a global leader in gaming innovation, Scientific Games stands ready to meet the transforming and growing needs of our industry customers in Nevada and around the world,” Cole said.

AGEM said that SB9 “allows for variable-payback percentages in slot machines to enhance the player experience by bringing true skill-based gaming, arcade-game elements, hybrid games and other unique features and technologies to the casino floor for the first time”.

Variable-payback percentages would give all players a base game with a payback that could be increased based on skill.

Regulators will now lead the process of shaping the regulations which AGEM believes will “inject new life into the slot machine segment of the gaming industry and attract younger players that are accustomed to the arcade experience and different forms of non-gambling games in their daily lives”.

Marcus Prater, AGEM executive director, added: “I believe we will look back on the passage of SB9 as a monumental moment for the gaming industry and its overall evolution.

“The slot floor will not transform overnight, but this will allow our industry to capitalize on radical new gaming concepts and technologies and give AGEM members the ability to unleash a new level of creativity for their casino customers.”

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