The slots industry in recent years has experienced a ‘significant incline’ in player interest in skill-based games available to players, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by operators.
Speaking to Craig Davies, Editor of CasinoBeats, Green Jade Games’ CEO and Co-Founder Jesper Kärrbrink discussed the rise of skill-based games, among other developments in the slot industry.
“Firstly, this is not a replacement of slot or table games, this is an addition to this,” he commented, detailing the increasing development of skill based games by slot producers.
“We see that a lot of slot players are wanting to play these games as well, because this is what they are playing in their spare time. Secondly there’s a trend into this – to an extent driven by Evolution with their game shows, they have really put an entertainment layer on top of the table games – in the same way we have put an RNG layer on the video games.
“The third reason I would say is that casinos have seen quite a steep increase in attracting new players, players who haven’t played slots before, they are not coming from the video lottery terminals or the land-based casinos, but are coming from the social gaming area and are entering the gambling sites and casino sites, and they’re more used to entertainment – they’re used to these kind of games.
In addition to discussing the targeting of a younger demographic audience with skill-based gaming releases, Kärrbrink also noted that slots will play an essential role in the future of the gambling industry, but that Green Jade would embrace skill-based releases.
He added: “To be able to survive long-term, we need to do slots, so we have done a very classic style of slots, but our DNA is to do skill based games.
“And one of our slots series we call knockout slots, and we have embedded skill into those slots because with your own ability you can change non-winning lines into winning lines, and in that sense you can use skill to play the slots. And now we are soon to release our first slot where the bonus round is a pure skill round, so now we are combining them.”
Other topics discussed in the video include the development of immersive slot products, and what this will mean for the future of slots, as well as Green Jade’s general approach towards content production.