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Are skill-based slots the future for casinos?

2017-04-30 12:00:00

Attracting the younger generation has been a long-term problem for casinos, especially with the major advances in video game technology. Figures show a negative trend in the number of 20 somethings attending casinos, so it comes as no surprise that casinos are trying to revive interest. A recent approach has seen the debut of skill based slot machines in Nevada, which has witnessed a considerable downturn in gambling revenue in the last 10 years. Skill based games combine the financial potential of traditional slots with the challenge of video games, as well as the social aspect that gaming involve.

Traditional Slots Fail To Spark Millennial Interest

The younger generation, studies have found, finds traditional slot games boring and ultimately repetitive. The knowledge that odds are fixed for the house to win is also a turn-off. Skill based slot games will undoubtedly attract those who fell they have a possible advantage over the casino, as well as adding a more competitive nature to the slots. Whilst the older generation may be happy to play the same slots for hours, today’s young blood is much less patient.

Despite the ever-improving graphics of slots, as well as the increase in themed games related to popular culture, they fail to give the adrenalin rush that modern gamers seek. The push and spin dynamic of traditional slots are lost on the youth, and casinos are now taking stock of this generational shift. Whilst some believe millennials will grow to adopt traditional slots like the older generation, others believe slots need to offer more than the monotonous routine most games currently entail. Whilst the core market for casinos is older people, today’s millennials will one day be that customer base and casinos must prepare for that eventuality.