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Skill-based video game mechanics okayed for Las Vegas slot machines

New law signed by Nevada's governor, Brian Sandoval, open the doors for skill-based elements in gambling machines -- and possible video game IP tie-ups.

Christian Nutt, Contributor

June 1, 2015

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Newsbrief: The governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, has signed a new law that enables the addition of skill-based elements to slot machines in the state, the epicenter of gambling in the U.S. Skill-based segments might increase the payout for what is fundamentally a luck-based game.

"This bill allows gaming manufacturers to use cutting-edge technology to meet the challenges prompted by a younger, more technologically engaged visitor demographic," the governor said in a statement.

The news was brought to our attention by Ars Technica, which spoke with Chris Moyer, spokesperson for the gambling industry group the American Gaming Association. Moyer said that he "wouldn't be surprised to see some video game partnership licensing deals," adding, "You can imagine a lot of the popular video games making their way into the casino floors." Moyer told Ars that the association is pushing for Nevada's new standards to be adopted nationwide.

There are more details on the possible impact of the law in the Ars story.

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