Japan to Focus on Skill Based Gaming Machines

Japanese FlagThe experts in the gaming industry are hopeful that skill oriented electronic gaming machines are going to be popular in soon to be regulated casino market in Japan. These games provide a certain percentage of return based on the overall performance in the skill elements.

During the second day of Japan Gaming Congress, a panel of casino equipment suppliers supported this opinion. According to the experts, a number of different Japanese consumers are comfortable in skilled games like for instance “pachislot” and “pachinko“.

The Japanese authorities have termed these games as leisure games instead of gambling ones.

The executive vice president and chief commercial officer of gaming equipment supplier Konami Gaming Inc, Thomas Jingoli, has said that pachinko game has several skill-based elements in it and he was more than certain that the games introduced in Japanese market would have identical elements that require a certain level of skills.

The games that involve a return to play (RTP) for the players concerned is not something new but has been an increase in the interest of people recently. As per the millennial customer group, the games did not receive a lot of attention is because they have not been very much attracted to traditional slot machines.

Gaming markets are always experimenting with many offers that are different from the regular slot machines for boosting the engagement levels of the youth. Recently, a bill has been passed by the State of Nevada that allows classical slot machines to add their skill-based elements.

GameCo Inc that makes skill-based video gaming machines in New Jersey has said that they have approved the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement recently for installing different kinds of products at properties owned by the popular Caesars Entertainment Group in Atlantic City.

The Vice President for Business Development at Sega Sammy Creation Inc, Takashi Maekawa, has made the following statement:

It could be perfect timing for skill-based games to be introduced in Japan since all the other mature markets like Nevada have started to introduce those games. Maybe by the time [a] casino is opened in Japan, we will probably be in the second or third phase of developing skill-based games, giving us time to learn what kind of skill-based games works in the market.

Morgan Stanley which is a popular investment organisation has said that casinos are going to open in Japan not earlier than 2021. So it is likely that the games offered to them at that time would be way different than the traditional casino games.

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