Gaming companies to watch in 2018

Some nascent gaming vendors took a leap forward this past year and made our list for emerging gaming companies to watch in 2018

Next Gaming is unique in that it creates and distributes slot games in addition to their parent company TLC Casino Enterprises, Inc. operating two casinos in downtown Las Vegas – the Four Queens and Binion’s Gambling Hall. Founded by Terry Caudill in 2006, Next Gaming is a privately-owned company focused on creating and distributing leading-edge, quality slot machines and equipment to the U.S. gaming market. The company’s dedicated team brings a combined 10 decades of experience in a number of disciplines including design, technology, state-of-the-art delivery platforms, product development and manufacturing. This combined expertise created a slot product company dedicated to working with customers to develop value-oriented solutions that strategically complement the casino floor.

What further sets Next Gaming apart is that it is taking a deep dive into the skill-based gaming machine marketplace. The company currently has five skill-based patents which allows it to design and create multiple variations for the skill-based experience. In addition to that, Next Gaming also has IP licenses with TAITO for Bust-A-Move and Arkanoid, as well as with Atari for Asteroids. At G2E, the company displayed a total of four different skill-based games as well as traditional video reel games.

Next Gaming brought its skill products to G2E to fine-tune them and get feedback, and demand at the show was very high, according to company CEO Mike Darley. In terms of the approvals process, Next Gaming has already been in discussions with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. “We’ve talked about our approach to these games; they don’t have any concerns,” Darley said. “We’ll be out and ready to implement in the first quarter of 2018.”

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