Konami Gaming has launched a field trial of its new skill-based casino title in MGM Grand’s Level Up entertainment lounge, aimed at attracting a new demographic of players to the casino.

Frogger: Get Hoppin' is based on Konami's iconic arcade game Frogger, which sees players attempt to direct a group of frogs across a busy road and through a river full of hazards.

It has been launched under the Nevada Gaming Control Board's New Innovation Beta programme, which allows developers and operators to conduct field trials of new game concepts and content.

Konami is the first supplier to be approved to launch such a trial, and also becomes the first to introduce a skill-based game to a Las Vegas casino floor.

The title is being trialled in the MGM Grand's new Level Up entertainment lounge, a hybrid bar, gaming lounge and arcade that opened in December 2016. It aims to attract new, younger players to Las Vegas by offering a range of innovative products alongside traditional bar sports such as pool.

The field trial sees Las Vegas follow in the footsteps of Atlantic City, where skill-based gambling games are already live in four casinos.

Konami's heritage as an entertainment company developing video arcade and gambling games was key to its decision to enter the skill gaming arena, executive vice president and chief commercial officer Tom Jingoli explained.

"[We're] excited to bring that creativity and technology to the gaming industry in new ways and help pioneer the development of next generation gaming products," Jingoli said. "Thanks to the Nevada Gaming Control Board and the New Innovation Beta program, unique developments like Frogger: Get Hoppin' can gather and react to early feedback—strengthening success for consumers, operators, and developers alike."



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