The Rise of Skills-Based Gaming

The video game generation are all grown up, and many of them are itching to gamble. There is, however, a slight problem.

It’s not that those young players can’t afford to play casino games, and it’s not that they don’t have access to casinos, computers, or mobile devices. The problem is that, to the generation that grew up with games that require a fair amount of skill, dexterity, and intelligence to beat, traditional casino games are, to put it bluntly, boring.

A survey published in the New York Times revealed that 27 per cent of American millennials who responded had visited Vegas. However, of that relatively small number, slightly more than 62 per cent of them had actually gambled while in Sin City.

Statistics such as these initially caused some consternation in the casino industry, but we are happy to report casino operators now have far more hope for the future, thanks to dedicated software developers and the rise of skills-based gaming.

What Are Skills-Based Games?

Unless you lived in a damp, dark cave in the mountains until a few minutes ago, there is a good chance you have played at least one skills-based game before. Skills-based games can be grouped into six different categories.

There are puzzles that require logical problem-solving, there are arcade games that require speedy coordination, there are trivia games that test general knowledge, there are word games featuring word puzzles, there are fantasy sport games in which players need to team up to solve challenges and fight against enemy forces, and there are card games that require some maths skills.

How Do You Gamble?

With the exception of card games, you may be wondering how skills-based games work in a casino. After all, how do you win money by fighting an apocalyptic zombie army?

It really isn’t as complicated as you may think. Skills-based games are divided into different rounds, and players bet real money at the start of each round. In order to do this, players first need to make a deposit at the casino’s banking page or at the cashier’s office.

Instead of earning points for every puzzle they solve, zombie they kill, word they unscramble, or other game challenges they overcome, they win money.

Is Luck Involved?

Yes and no. Luck is involved in just about every single aspect of life you could think of, so it can and does come into skills-based gaming. However, the real emphasis is on the players’ skills.

Solving the various challenges posed by such games requires a certain amount of skill, whether that be a sharp, intelligent mind, nimble fingers, a head for numbers, or a firm grasp of basic logic.

This is not to say that a few of those zombies killed were not a pure stroke of luck, because it may well have been. Whatever the case, the focus of skills-based gaming is on skills; they are not mere games of chance that rely totally on the luck of the draw.

A Replacement for Casino Games?

The rise of skills-based gaming has left some players wondering if such games will replace traditional casino games such as slots and table games. It is highly unlikely that will ever happen.

While the New York Times survey mentioned above showed that young American players want games that require skill, a survey commissioned by Germany’s gambling regulator revealed a very different trend among that country’s younger players.

Unlike their American counterparts, young Germans can’t get enough of traditional games such as online roulette. If anything, casinos will simply feature more gaming offerings.

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