The Future of Casinos is eSports

Let's take a quick tally, how many of you who play games like Counter Strike and Starcraft enjoy gambling when you visit places like Las Vegas?...
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    Let's take a quick tally, how many of you who play games like Counter Strike and StarCraft enjoy gambling when you visit places like Las Vegas? Oh, very few of you? What a coincidence, or maybe it isn't? At least that's what the states of Nevada and New Jersey realized in February when they passed legislation allowing the introduction of skill-based video games on to the casino floor.

    The next era of gamblers have been raised to play games such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Halo; slot machines and video poker simply don't appeal to them. On top of that, hotels and resorts have been adding more and more amenities such as nightclubs, restaurants, spas, and entertainment and sporting event centers. No one seems to care about the casinos anymore. According to a 2015 Las Vegas casino and hotel market report from HVS, gambling accounted for 37% of all revenue in the market, down from 58% in 1990. In addition, only 71% of Las Vegas visitors opted to gamble in 2014 which is down from 87% in 2006. The statistics don't lie: people just don't want to gamble anymore, at least not in the traditional sense. Nevada and New Jersey hope that this new legislation will turn this trend around before it starts to snowball.

    The idea behind the legislation is mainly to attract younger people who have only known games on platforms such as the Xbox, PlayStation, and mobile devices. In the words of Eric Meyerhofer, CEO of Gamblit Gaming, "The majority of visitors to Vegas are under the age of 50, while the majority of those who play slot machines are over 50. Casino operators are seeing 100 percent of their floor wired for a population group that is no longer the majority. Millennials have grown up in an era of digital media and games. The passive experience of a slot machine does not resonate with them." Meyerhofer is right on the money, and Gamblit Gaming has made various strides to help bring about change in this mostly old fashioned industry. Gamblit's skill-based games such as Smoothie Blast have helped to breathe new life into the casino floor.

    Imagine, for a moment, you just walked through the revolving door of the MGM Grand. As the thick cloud of stale cigarette smoke slaps you across the face, you notice the faint glow of computer screens off in the distance. Once the tears clear your eyes, you see that people around your age are playing games like Call of Duty and Counter Strike. Not only that, they are winning money if they win a match, and even more if they have a positive kill-death ratio. So why not take a load off, order a drink, and kick some ***? You'll even get paid for it!

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  1. II{-_-}II
    Doubt eSports would do well in casinos. Obviously replacing slots with something a bit skill related like what you posted is appealing to the younger crowd, but nothing like comparing card games to competitive esports. Poker games reward those with the skill overall, but there's also so much luck involved that anyone has a chance and can play. I doubt many people would throw down money to get wrecked in halo or another esport in a casino. If they want to keep making money off the younger crowd they can just use those statistics you posted and keep working on the amenities which are making them more money.
  2. goss34
    Anyone remember Casp's article? Yeah this could get things broken.
  3. MONTEA
    Don't really wanna be in a children play area where they charge you on controller and load you up with dead bAtteries and have you buy refills

    Beside with some big youtubers promoting gambling sites to 13 years old kids and having the odds stack in there favor doesn't seem like electronic gaming is gonna take off into gambling

    Other then that regular games like slot machines casino games and cards games are still always gonna be alive

    But using rooms and space for tournaments events is always gonna be allowed in the end for that part it all up to casino owner interest to host events like

    For me if I had money
    I'd pitch rockstar to let me borrow something from there games and make a themed varient of a slot machine and make at least 1000 and donate at least 100 to a few casino and ship another portion to China
  4. Itachi_Uchiha
    Hell yeah, I'm actually insanely good at some of these games compared to some. I feel money coming my way in the future.
    1. Feyfolken
      No house would ever let it be solely skill-based. You might be good, similar to how some are good at Blackjack, but the house really does always win lol.
    2. Tabuu
      In the long run, sure. A phrase like that depends on the person gambling. It assumes that after the person wins big, they will come back and keep gambling and eventually lose all the money they earned and then some. If you go gambling at places like this with games like those provided by Gamblit only once in a blue moon, the risk of you losing a lot is next to nothing. It's only when you have delusions of winning more and more do you actually start to lose all your money to the house.
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  5. Skeleton
    I'd book a trip to vegas
  6. TheItalianLad
    I would love to see an esports based casino in real-life
  7. ghostx555
    online gambling happens since the case and key system in tf2 ,blame valve for it
  8. Feyfolken
    This is actually a bit startling in a sense. I know that they should be looking out for their business and profits and this is an effective way to address their losses in revenue with younger gamblers, but it's perpetuating a lot of other things that are going on that I feel will be a larger issue down the road.

    Competitive gaming betting, for example - while it is different from what you talked about in this article - is still something that a lot of people are starting to get into. CS:GO lotteries, too, are getting very concerning as pointed out by h3h3 and many other prominent YouTubers.

    It's my belief that gaming and gambling should be kept as two completely separate entities. Gaming has never had a good reputation and I fear that if casinos were to incorporate gaming somehow, it would only make things worse in every way.

    Great article, though. It's nice to see this sort of thing explained in a way that makes sense to those who can't read legalese and business/legal documents.
    1. Tabuu
      One thing I opted not to include in the article that was mentioned in one of the sources was a comment by an ethical trends researcher at Harvard. He said something along the lines of, while this may be good for business, gambling has a negative connotation associated with it and attracting a younger crowd could be seen as a step in the wrong direction.
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