Even though several generations have tried their luck playing slot machines, the casinos have had a hard time attracting younger audiences. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the number of visitors aged 20 to 39 dropped from 18.1 million in 2014 to 14.4 million in 2015.
However, a new series of video jackpot casino slots has been designed to combat this. Danger Arena, by Gameco, is the world's first skill-based gambling video game.
Gameco CEO Blaine Graboyes is designing these games with casinos in mind. He pointed out that the younger generations mostly grew up playing video games that are interactive and engaging. He believes that this is something that a typical slot game just fails to deliver to that kind of audience.
Furthermore, he explained that the new skill-based gambling games will also introduce storytelling elements with characters, which is what he believes the gamers are also looking for.
Vinnie Santana, a 21-year-old gamer, immediately gravitated towards the joystick in a sea of other slot machines in Atlantic City. He was surprised that something like this actually exists, and said that he will play it again for sure.
Danger Arena, however, is not the only skill-based gambling game that the players can enjoy. Gamblit recently released a skill-based speed poker game in Las Vegas designed so that up to four people can enjoy it at once. This company is also trying to cater to the younger audience and is aiming to make the games more social.
Gamblit CEO Eric Meyerhofer said that the game is super-competitive and that your focus and dexterity will be put to the test while playing. As part of the game, you have limited time to identify which card is the best to take.
This year, the company is expecting to unveil hundreds of new machines in Las Vegas.