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April 18th, 2017 at 12:20:33 PM permalink
First Skill-Based Slot Machines in Las Vegas Debut, Here’s the Low-Down

"Skill-based slot machines, the subject of much buzz and speculation over the last couple of years, have officially arrived in a Las Vegas casino."

From Vital Vegas
https://vitalvegas.com/first-skill-based-slot-machines-las-vegas/
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April 18th, 2017 at 4:04:58 PM permalink
Skip the article, read the comments! They (Millennials) get it!
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April 18th, 2017 at 4:59:18 PM permalink
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April 18th, 2017 at 11:14:11 PM permalink
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April 19th, 2017 at 8:16:43 AM permalink
Quote: Blonde4ever

First Skill-Based Slot Machines in Las Vegas Debut, Here’s the Low-Down

"Skill-based slot machines, the subject of much buzz and speculation over the last couple of years, have officially arrived in a Las Vegas casino."

From Vital Vegas
https://vitalvegas.com/first-skill-based-slot-machines-las-vegas/


It should be noted the machines currently won’t take loyalty club cards, in case you’re into that kind of thing.

Here’s how they work.

Gamblit Poker is a variation of (wait for it) poker. Players “grab” cards from a common pool of cards, building a hand of five cards. The player with the best hand wins the jackpot, the amount of which is determined by the machine.

Cannonbeard’s Treasure is a variation of blackjack. Players, again, grab cards from a pool of cards. The cards are added up, and the player whose card total is closest to the target number (without going over) wins the pot.


25% house edge!
For example, we saw a couple sit down to play Gamblit Poker. They each bet $5, for a total contribution of $10. The jackpot was $7.50. They had fun playing, but the next pot was the same, ditto the one after that. It didn’t take the couple long to realize they were getting dinged a $2.50 “rake” with each passing hand.
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April 19th, 2017 at 9:26:43 AM permalink
Heres the scariest part of the article

It says there will always be an attendant watching the game because pro players might use tactics to win from novices.

Huh?

So anyone who manages to skilfully win will be labeled an AP? Only novices will be allowed to play at (laughable) skill games?

Gamblit Poker. Worlds first Poker game where pro players going up against ploppies not allowed
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April 19th, 2017 at 9:43:01 AM permalink
Quote: darkoz

Heres the scariest part of the article

It says there will always be an attendant watching the game because pro players might use tactics to win from novices.

Huh?

So anyone who manages to skilfully win will be labeled an AP? Only novices will be allowed to play at (laughable) skill games?

Gamblit Poker. Worlds first Poker game where pro players going up against ploppies not allowed



I wonder what the "rules of engagement" are if the attendant notes someone consistently winning or "bullying"? Will they drag them out of the casino kicking and screaming? Maybe the machine can be programmed to go into "threatened" mode and handicap the skilled player to even the playing field.
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April 19th, 2017 at 10:31:09 AM permalink
What a joke why bother making it a skill based game when they don't want skilled players ?
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April 19th, 2017 at 11:18:36 AM permalink
I cannot see the casinos paying for an attendant, they make the rake either way, and I don't think a pro is going to sit very long if no one is willing to play with them. I can believe a table of friends might let one player win a couple of hands to replenish their bank. As foolish as we know that to be.

The article mentions that millennials are smarter than previous generations when it comes to gaming. I would suggest that most players today are more knowledgeable across all generations.

"They [millennials] want value for their entertainment dollar." I think the difference in generations is what each perceives as value, an attribute that may have more to do with one's age than their generation. I'm not sure if it is a good or bad business model to cater to a demographic that grew up spending real money on digital livestock.
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April 19th, 2017 at 11:43:22 AM permalink
No Pro is going to be so good as to overcome a 25% rake.
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April 19th, 2017 at 12:17:18 PM permalink
Quote: darkoz

Heres the scariest part of the article

It says there will always be an attendant watching the game because pro players might use tactics to win from novices.

Huh?

So anyone who manages to skilfully win will be labeled an AP? Only novices will be allowed to play at (laughable) skill games?

Gamblit Poker. Worlds first Poker game where pro players going up against ploppies not allowed

Let's quote exactly what it said so we can break it down.

"Why? Because they have to monitor the play to avoid collusion and bullying. We were told there’s the potential for experienced players, or teams, to take advantage of novice players. Essentially, there’s room for cheating."
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
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April 19th, 2017 at 12:57:20 PM permalink
Having seen this game in person, the similarities to Poker are limited to the fact it uses a deck of cards and the standard poker hand rankings. The actual play of the game is more like a hybrid of Go Fish and Hungry, Hungry Hippos.
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April 19th, 2017 at 1:07:00 PM permalink
You know what's coming next, take first place in Mario Cart and win the prize money. You could even take side bets on the race.
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April 19th, 2017 at 1:32:00 PM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

Let's quote exactly what it said so we can break it down.

"Why? Because they have to monitor the play to avoid collusion and bullying. We were told there’s the potential for experienced players, or teams, to take advantage of novice players. Essentially, there’s room for cheating."



They must have read our comments in the other Gamblit Poker thread.....................
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April 19th, 2017 at 2:13:38 PM permalink
Quote: mrsuit31

Quote: AxelWolf

Let's quote exactly what it said so we can break it down.

"Why? Because they have to monitor the play to avoid collusion and bullying. We were told there’s the potential for experienced players, or teams, to take advantage of novice players. Essentially, there’s room for cheating."



They must have read our comments in the other Gamblit Poker thread.....................



Ya, you never know, especially if people mention all the ways they can or would take advantage of it and then show some math.
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April 19th, 2017 at 2:23:24 PM permalink
What's wrong with collusion?
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April 19th, 2017 at 3:04:38 PM permalink
Quote: ThenWhatHappens

... I'm not sure if it is a good or bad business model to cater to a demographic that grew up spending real money on digital livestock.

Wow.
Well said.
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April 19th, 2017 at 3:15:43 PM permalink
These here darn tootin' millenials and their tomfoolery, I'll tell you hwat. Dang young whippersnappers, using FaceUnion and SexBoxes these days. And now we got gamblin' that ain't even real gambling. Gimme some a dat good ol' fashioned casino gambling games of chance.
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April 19th, 2017 at 6:04:12 PM permalink
Quote: RS

These here darn tootin' millenials and their tomfoolery, I'll tell you hwat. Dang young whippersnappers, using FaceUnion and SexBoxes these days. And now we got gamblin' that ain't even real gambling. Gimme some a dat good ol' fashioned casino gambling games of chance.



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May 31st, 2017 at 7:17:41 PM permalink
“The innovative machines were highly touted when they debuted in Atlantic City in November, and since have started appearing on other casino floors. But their initial reception is proving to be largely a bust. Price revealed that 21 of the machines have been removed after they failed to generate adequate revenue to cover vendor costs.” — Caesars Entertainment Senior Vice President Melissa Price, hinting that skill-based slots may be the Edsel of the gaming industry.


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May 31st, 2017 at 9:00:41 PM permalink
I threw a good $20 away in a Centipede slot machine trying to get to the skill-based bonus round, but never got it, then decided that was all the money I'd waste on that.

A few thoughts:

1. The art/graphics of the reels weren't appealing enough such that I'd even felt I like I had enough "eye candy" entertainment.

2. Anyone who has played arcade games over the years knows that a game with a worn out/broken controller can ruin a gamer's top potential on the game.

3. My thought about "skill-based" games is that the "skill" element is merely to reach the top payback, not to get more that I otherwise would have won. In other words, in an ordinary slot game, I might expect to get 95% payback on a "loose" game. But in a "skill-based" game, I might have to be awesome at the game to ever hope to reach 95%, otherwise I'd get the typical 90% payback or as low as the state-mandated minimum of 87% or whatever it is. I'd rather play a regular slot game that normally has 95% theoretical payback.
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May 31st, 2017 at 9:23:32 PM permalink
Quote: smoothgrh

3. My thought about "skill-based" games is that the "skill" element is merely to reach the top payback, not to get more that I otherwise would have won. In other words, in an ordinary slot game, I might expect to get 95% payback on a "loose" game. But in a "skill-based" game, I might have to be awesome at the game to ever hope to reach 95%, otherwise I'd get the typical 90% payback or as low as the state-mandated minimum of 87% or whatever it is. I'd rather play a regular slot game that normally has 95% theoretical payback.


This is surely how it works. It's the same as Video Poker, playing perfectly will only yield the maximum return that the game is set for. The only difference is that these video game based slots are motor skill, not strategy memory skill. I don't think they are putting these types of games on the floor that can be beat by highly skilled or perfect play.
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June 1st, 2017 at 12:50:32 AM permalink
Quote:

1. The art/graphics of the reels weren't appealing enough such that I'd even felt I like I had enough "eye candy" entertainment.



I absolutely agree that neither version's reel graphics were spectacular.

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2. Anyone who has played arcade games over the years knows that a game with a worn out/broken controller can ruin a gamer's top potential on the game.



Yep. But in the case of the slot versions, that busted joystick could make you a big winner if you're the first person to master it...

Quote:

3. My thought about "skill-based" games is that the "skill" element is merely to reach the top payback, not to get more that I otherwise would have won. In other words, in an ordinary slot game, I might expect to get 95% payback on a "loose" game. But in a "skill-based" game, I might have to be awesome at the game to ever hope to reach 95%, otherwise I'd get the typical 90% payback or as low as the state-mandated minimum of 87% or whatever it is. I'd rather play a regular slot game that normally has 95% theoretical payback.



That depends on how the game's skill elements and their contribution to payback are set up. The only certainty is that if the hypothetical #1 video gamer in the world played Centipede (or another similar slot) 24/7 while in a casino for a sufficiently long period of time, he/she would eventually lose money to the house edge.
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June 1st, 2017 at 2:10:43 AM permalink
The marketers made up a word, melty presumably because the cheese in the commercials wasn't cheese, so just call them skilly games or skillicle.
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June 1st, 2017 at 8:09:45 AM permalink
If they want to make money off "video game players" they need to just make video game gambling a section and offer to host the matches and take a rake like poker.

I.E. Some guy shoots his mouth off that he's really good at halo (everyone does this). I perk up and talk a little smack to get him to agree to play me at X property. We go there, both put $100 on the line with a teller/employee in the gaming area, then when I inevitably beat him, I get $195 back (my $100 + $95 of his and $5 to the house). Skilled gaming at its finest.

The only problem with this is: After a year or two no one would be willing to book action if you offered it because all the idiots that suck would get fleeced by real pros and learn the hard way not to actually make a bet.

As MLG has shown for a multitude of games... The only way to keep people coming back and getting big prize pools is to have a league or tons of tournaments. They could do a monthly tournament with a guaranteed prize pool... but again, that would attract all of the sharks. In the end, you can't have a "fair" game that the newbs have a chance at, because they're newbs and they will (and should) lose to a player of higher skill.
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June 1st, 2017 at 8:38:48 AM permalink
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June 1st, 2017 at 9:56:35 PM permalink
Quote: Romes

If they want to make money off "video game players" they need to just make video game gambling a section and offer to host the matches and take a rake like poker.

I.E. Some guy shoots his mouth off that he's really good at halo (everyone does this). I perk up and talk a little smack to get him to agree to play me at X property. We go there, both put $100 on the line with a teller/employee in the gaming area, then when I inevitably beat him, I get $195 back (my $100 + $95 of his and $5 to the house). Skilled gaming at its finest.



It's coming. That's the future of skill based gaming. Not bonus rounds on slot machines.

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June 2nd, 2017 at 6:46:07 AM permalink
Wonder if that means the content creators of the video games are going to start getting a new revenue stream from operators that want to use their games/content as a basis to generate gambling revenue?
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June 2nd, 2017 at 7:55:04 AM permalink
Quote: Paradigm

Wonder if that means the content creators of the video games are going to start getting a new revenue stream from operators that want to use their games/content as a basis to generate gambling revenue?

They could change some kind of rules/laws/distribution, but the way video games have always worked... Once you buy a hard copy of the game (disk) you can put it in the machine and play it however you want. I don't think they'd have a way to control people from betting on the next game played between two people. The casino wouldn't be doing anything with the game itself, just offering their services as a middle man in the transaction to keep the money safe and pay out the appropriate party.
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June 2nd, 2017 at 9:36:01 AM permalink
Quote: Romes

They could change some kind of rules/laws/distribution, but the way video games have always worked... Once you buy a hard copy of the game (disk) you can put it in the machine and play it however you want. I don't think they'd have a way to control people from betting on the next game played between two people. The casino wouldn't be doing anything with the game itself, just offering their services as a middle man in the transaction to keep the money safe and pay out the appropriate party.

So it's not like a Video or something, I'm not sure if the laws changed, but I was under the impression you couldn't rent a video and then show it to a group of people without permission or something like that.

Somehow I think if the casinos were doing this, the Video game people would want a cut.
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June 2nd, 2017 at 10:38:59 AM permalink
I have to agree with Axel, public viewing of the event if a whole different animal. Just ask your local bar what they pay for an MMA fight versus what you pay at home to have the same content on your TV/Monitor. If Casino's get into public viewing and betting on video game content displayed in the public market, the game developers are going to start asking for a cut.
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June 2nd, 2017 at 10:59:56 AM permalink
Quote: Paradigm

I have to agree with Axel, public viewing of the event if a whole different animal. Just ask your local bar what they pay for an MMA fight versus what you pay at home to have the same content on your TV/Monitor. If Casino's get into public viewing and betting on video game content displayed in the public market, the game developers are going to start asking for a cut.



The game developers will be making the Casino game specifically for that environment. Instead of buying a $20,000 slot machine or leasing a slot machine from Konami or IGT, it will be from companies like EA (Sports games) or Infinity Ward (Call of Duty) or Nintendo (Mario games).

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June 2nd, 2017 at 1:27:34 PM permalink
I still wonder who will play these skill based video games except the pros/sharks...you are going to run into the same problem as you have with Gamblit games: Direct competition vs your opponent without the veil of a betting strategy or simply getting lucky, like in poker, means that the everyday gambler never has a chance against a professional. There can be no Moneymaker or Jamie Gold stories in a world of 100% physical skill based gaming/gambling...that means the vast majority of folks never want to play for any sustainable time period...sure they will play as a lark, like Gamblit games are finding out, but players won't be coming back time and time again to play any pure skill based games head to head.
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June 2nd, 2017 at 1:33:27 PM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

So it's not like a Video or something, I'm not sure if the laws changed, but I was under the impression you couldn't rent a video and then show it to a group of people without permission or something like that.

Somehow I think if the casinos were doing this, the Video game people would want a cut.

Well they'd be BUYING copies of the game, since they'd be cheap enough ($50 per copy only need a couple copies). After that what's to stop me from letting my friend play my copy of the game I bought?

They're not viewing an "event" it's a local game. It's not a televised promotion. So you're telling me if I have a party and 100 people show up and I play a game of Halo (not even online but privately) they're not allowed to watch? lol?

Quote: Zcore13

The game developers will be making the Casino game specifically for that environment. Instead of buying a $20,000 slot machine or leasing a slot machine from Konami or IGT, it will be from companies like EA (Sports games) or Infinity Ward (Call of Duty) or Nintendo (Mario games).

ZCore13

Instead of buying a few more $20k slot machines... How about 10 flat screens (bundled at about $700 each) then 10 xboxes (bundled at about $300 each), then the top 10 biggest games (10 copies each) at $60 a piece... That alone adds up to $16k and opens up an entire new wing of the casino to an entirely new market of patrons.

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I still wonder who will play these skill based video games except the pros/sharks...

Exactly what I said in my earlier post. The newbs will play for a year or two because hey it's the new thing and maybe they can win. But once the word has spread that you'll just lose unless you're pro then people will stop playing. MLG has been going strong for decades because they do MONTHLY tournaments all over in major cities, etc. Even they had the same couple teams always winning for years in Halo, but every now and then they'd have an upset to an up and coming team which was enough hope to get everyone involved. Plus, if you're that good (but not pro) it was something you always wanted to do... just play in an MLG event. So every new city had a new list of people that just wanted to play in one and basically donated their money to the top teams. Then they'd make the tour again the next year for the people that missed, the fresh faces, and the returning people that think they can do better.
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June 2nd, 2017 at 2:13:39 PM permalink
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They're not viewing an "event" it's a local game. It's not a televised promotion. So you're telling me if I have a party and 100 people show up and I play a game of Halo (not even online but privately) they're not allowed to watch? lol?


This is exactly what I am saying...private space vs. public space and the uses are different. I guarantee that if this type of public viewing/wagering event was known to be happening, and it will be if this event is played in big tournaments at casinos where you can wager on players or on each other, that this "commercial use" is not part of the use that a $60 game copy that you buy at GameStop provides.
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June 2nd, 2017 at 2:29:45 PM permalink
No way on earth you can but and Xbox and game and put it in a casino for the casinos to make money.


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June 2nd, 2017 at 2:40:06 PM permalink
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June 2nd, 2017 at 2:54:10 PM permalink
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No way on earth you can but and Xbox and game and put it in a casino for the casinos to make money.


ZCore13


Why not? There are a bunch of huge video game tournaments. They could set it up like poker rooms and take a rake.
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June 2nd, 2017 at 3:13:44 PM permalink
You can play solo in a skill based game, and don't need opponent(s).

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June 2nd, 2017 at 3:57:21 PM permalink
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Why not? There are a bunch of huge video game tournaments. They could set it up like poker rooms and take a rake.


Because an XBox you can buy at Target will not meet the specifications required of an electronic device used in gaming in any jurisdiction.
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June 2nd, 2017 at 4:02:21 PM permalink
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Because an XBox you can buy at Target will not meet the specifications required of an electronic device used in gaming in any jurisdiction.


The machine is not determining the outcome, unlike other electronic gaming devices. Do casinos have to abide by different rules than competitive game leagues with six figure prizes?
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June 2nd, 2017 at 4:04:49 PM permalink
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You can play solo in a skill based game, and don't need opponent(s).


Wasn't this Ahigh's company concept? Single player pinball & Pacman...big problem is resolutions per hour and the amount of "game play" that is really possible in 30 seconds or less...or the fact that you have to play each game for $25-$50 min bet per game to make up for the 3 minutes of time takes to get one resolution.
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June 2nd, 2017 at 4:05:26 PM permalink
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The machine is not determining the outcome, unlike other electronic gaming devices. Do casinos have to abide by different rules than competitive game leagues with six figure prizes?


Yes
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June 2nd, 2017 at 5:11:41 PM permalink
Quote: Romes

If they want to make money off "video game players" they need to just make video game gambling a section and offer to host the matches and take a rake like poker.

I.E. Some guy shoots his mouth off that he's really good at halo (everyone does this). I perk up and talk a little smack to get him to agree to play me at X property. We go there, both put $100 on the line with a teller/employee in the gaming area, then when I inevitably beat him, I get $195 back (my $100 + $95 of his and $5 to the house). Skilled gaming at its finest.

The only problem with this is: After a year or two no one would be willing to book action if you offered it because all the idiots that suck would get fleeced by real pros and learn the hard way not to actually make a bet.

As MLG has shown for a multitude of games... The only way to keep people coming back and getting big prize pools is to have a league or tons of tournaments. They could do a monthly tournament with a guaranteed prize pool... but again, that would attract all of the sharks. In the end, you can't have a "fair" game that the newbs have a chance at, because they're newbs and they will (and should) lose to a player of higher skill.



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AxelWolf
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June 2nd, 2017 at 10:52:50 PM permalink
Quote: Paradigm

Wasn't this Ahigh's company concept? Single player pinball & Pacman...big problem is resolutions per hour and the amount of "game play" that is really possible in 30 seconds or less...or the fact that you have to play each game for $25-$50 min bet per game to make up for the 3 minutes of time takes to get one resolution.




It's kinda hard to have a skill based game that plays a fast as a slot or regular VP game.

If one were to use the idea I have, it solves that problem. I think they are doing all wrong.
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June 2nd, 2017 at 11:07:05 PM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

It's kinda hard to have a skill based game that plays a fast as a slot or regular VP game.

If one were to use the idea I have, it solves that problem. I think they are doing all wrong.



Would you just focus on getting your VP idea in the works. Best damn idea I ever heard for something new. One problem at a time. 😄
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June 2nd, 2017 at 11:31:59 PM permalink
Quote: MaxPen

Would you just focus on getting your VP idea in the works. Best damn idea I ever heard for something new. One problem at a time. 😄

It seems that the people who are qualified and motivated at doing this stuff think their ideas are really good and yours probably isn't. If you know someone who wants a good idea to work with let me know.

I had my shot with IGT years ago, I heard an NDA wouldn't protect me, so I got scared off and never presented it.

From what I have been told, almost everything is done in house and it's almost imposable nowadays for anyone to get in with them.
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June 3rd, 2017 at 1:39:28 AM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

It seems that the people who are qualified and motivated at doing this stuff think their ideas are really good and yours probably isn't. If you know someone who wants a good idea to work with let me know.

I had my shot with IGT years ago, I heard an NDA wouldn't protect me, so I got scared off and never presented it.

From what I have been told, almost everything is done in house and it's almost imposable nowadays for anyone to get in with them.



I've heard that, too. However, Dan Lubin recommended US Coin as someone who would look at a slot and respect your IP. You might try them.
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doughtaker
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June 3rd, 2017 at 3:47:07 AM permalink
Public vs. private viewing should be a non-issue, otherwise game developers and their legal teams would have been working overtime the last few years to sue the pants off of Twitch, other streaming sites, and all of those sites' users. Developers' past attempts to quash public viewing of video games have largely failed due to backlash and negative publicity. Even Nintendo, who is out of touch with their fans more often than they're willing to admit, got the message after their brouhaha with EVO a few years back. And if we ever get around to legalized e-sports betting in the sportsbooks, the developers won't be able to do squat about that.

On another note, the casinos, via their convention/arena facilities, have already played host to many big video game tournaments over the years. It seems to me that they're just fine with making the easy money renting out the space, charging for tickets to watch grand finals in person, etc. They could definitely get into the small tournament space (and I believe Downtown Grand has already attempted to), but I don't see them trying to run their own MLG, EVO, Dreamhack, or other similar big event.

I also think that we're giving the general public too much credit here. They'll probably be able to figure out that their RTP against a pro gamer heads-up is going to approach 0%, and correctly stop. That still leaves machines, and I think the main issue is finding the right kind of machine. Right now the casinos are mostly going for luck-skill hybrid machines, but I would hope that they would turn to pure skill machines sooner rather than later...

Consider a modern-day arcade with redemption games. Even after excluding those who are too young to gamble, there are still folks of all ages more than willing to habitually go to an arcade and "get pwn3d" by ticket games of pure skill whose RTPs are supposed to be 40% or lower. There is money for the casinos to make, if they were able and willing to put in similar games even at the regulatory-mandated minimum of 75%. Many of these pure skill games in the arcade also allow for single or multiplayer gaming. Translating that to the casino environment, there could be a game with a skill-based prize always in play, and then in a multiplayer game, a competitive prize going to the 1st-place finisher that is independent of and in addition to the skill-based prize.
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June 3rd, 2017 at 7:54:08 AM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

It seems that the people who are qualified and motivated at doing this stuff think their ideas are really good and yours probably isn't. If you know someone who wants a good idea to work with let me know.

I had my shot with IGT years ago, I heard an NDA wouldn't protect me, so I got scared off and never presented it.

From what I have been told, almost everything is done in house and it's almost imposable nowadays for anyone to get in with them.



Some gaming companies will not sign NDA's with game developers. Your only protection is to get the patent filed before showing the idea. Most gaming companies that I know of will still look at 3rd party game concepts. In general they will not be interested unless they can charge the casino a recurring fee for it. I partnered with IGT many years ago on some daily fee games but sadly they were flops.

When Ernie Moody came up with Triple Play IGT wasn't interested in buying it so he had to pay IGT to build it for him. I would say it worked out okay for him in the end.
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