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Arcade Style Games Closer To Becoming A Reality In Nevada Casinos
Sep03

Arcade Style Games Closer To Becoming A Reality In Nevada Casinos

We reported in June on efforts to attract younger audiences to Nevada casinos. Casino revenues have fallen in Nevada in the last few years as the gambling audience who are used to classic slot machines are getting older. The young generation has got accustomed to playing video games on mobile devices and smartphones. This is the audience that the gambling industry is looking to attract. The idea of offering arcade based games for real money in Las Vegas casinos is seen by many as the ideal method to embrace a new and younger audience. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has recommended legal language that would enable slot machines requiring a skill to win or a combination of talent and luck. These changes will be brought before the Nevada Gaming Commission and will be discussed at the regulatory board on September 17 ahead of the Global Gaming Expo where slot makers demonstrate their latest innovations. The potential for legal skill based games that would reward real money to payer is huge. Players of Angry Birds or Battleship competing against each other for real money seems a guaranteed winner. Companies like Gamblit Gaming are confident that they could rollout skill-based video games by early to mid-2016 should the submission process be...

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Study Shows 46 Percent Of U.S. Social Casino Players Spend Money
Sep02

Study Shows 46 Percent Of U.S. Social Casino Players Spend Money

Social casino games are big revenue generators for real money gaming companies. Anyone following th so called free-to-play casino industry in the last few years knows that there is growing interest in this sector as it is a proven money maker. The fact that IGT acquired Double Down Interactive for $500 million a few years ago no longer seems so unbelievable. A new report released by market research firm NewZoo confirms his trend. According to the report 46 percent of US and Western European mobile players spent money on social casino game in the last year which is an increase of 10 percent from the previous year. The research looked into players from 17 U.S casino franchises. In terms of demographics, men made up 59 percent of the market with the 21-35 crowd making up for the 55 percent of paying social casino players. Social casino payers tend to play an average of 5.6 title with an average time of 2-5 hours spent a week on their chosen title. Zynga’s Hit it Rich! had the highest conversion rate. Slot Bonanza scored the highest engagement with 7.5 percent of players spending 15 hours a week on the game. Big Fish Casino was deemed the most likely social casino app to be played along with others while also earning the dubious tile of being the least...

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Australia Set To Impose New Online Gambling Regulations
Sep01

Australia Set To Impose New Online Gambling Regulations

Like many countries round the globe, online gambling in Australia is not clearly addressed in legislation and has resulted in what is dubbed as a gray market. International online gaming operators have been dancing around laws which are outdated and do not address the modern day realities. As it stands online gambling regulation in Australia is governed by the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001. There has been increasing pressure on Prime Minister Tony Abbot to come good on his election pledges to crack down on internet gambling. In line with this there are reports that Social Services Minister Scott Morrison will now head a governmental review on the outdated Interactive Gaming Act with the aim of enforcing tighter regulations on internet gambling. Some of the main aspects expected to be addressed are international offshore online gaming operators as well as tighter controls on gambling ads on television. There are even talks about banning all gambling ads during sport events which could be a major blow to networks which rely heavily on these revenues. In an interview with The Australian, Morrison was quick to calm fears and said,” People are reacting to something that hasn’t even been announced. The government has no preconceived ideas in this area. We undertook to look at it, and we will engage in good faith.” Needless to say many supporters of banning online gambling welcomed the review and well known anti online gambling proponent Nick Xenophon said,” This review gives us an opportunity to take stock of the explosion of online gambling, including illegal overseas gambling, and the pernicious impact that online betting has had on sporting...

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