After deploying six of its Video Game Gambling Machines (VGM) innovations at the Foxwoods Resort Casino last month, developer GameCo Incorporated has now reportedly announced that is hoping to secure approval for the skill-based slot-like units in Macau before the end of the year.
According to a report from GGRAsia, New York-based GameCo Incorporation made the revelation during the most recent edition of the three-day Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia trade show, which was held at The Venetian Macao from May 16, while exhibiting a pair of new games on its VGM platform.
“We are hoping to be here in 2017,” Blaine Graboyes, Chief Executive Officer for GameCo Incorporated, told GGRAsia. “We are currently working on an update of our game for the Macau [electronic gaming machine technical] standards. We are targeting Macau initially with the aim of very quickly moving outward from there. We are just starting the [Macau] licensing and registration process. We have established partnerships with distributors here in Macau and other areas in Asia.”
G2E Asia reportedly saw the American innovator showed off its Pharaoh’s Secret Temple touchscreen puzzle title in a classically-designed slot cabinet alongside its first-person Danger Arena action game, which is controlled utilizing a built-in player console.
November saw GameCo Incorporated bring its VGM units to all three Atlantic City casinos operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation in Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City although the innovations were subsequently removed. Despite the May elimination, Melissa Price, Gaming Enterprises Senior Vice-President for the Las Vegas-based operator, told GGRAsia that her firm remained “100% committed” to adopting skill-based slots.
“We are all about bringing video games and gamers to the casino,” Graboyes told GGRAsia before reportedly adding that he has been involved in producing such innovations for “about 20 years.”
Graboyes moreover explained that gaming machines testing firm Gaming Laboratories International has already granted its VGM units with GLI-11 approval, which gives the company “a really great and clear path to market.”
“We don’t necessarily need any new skill regulations,” Graboyes told GGRAsia, “What we need are jurisdictions that already accept Gaming Laboratories International [standards] or where they have a similar regulatory structure to Gaming Laboratories International [standards].”