The world of casino gaming machines is changing. Revenues are declining from traditional and video slot machines which don’t appeal to younger gamblers. A company named GameCo recently entered the market to attract those younger players with a new type of “skill-based” gaming machines that are designed around video games, even including an Xbox-like controller, but still offer rewards and money payouts like slot machines. GameCo machines are already available in a number of casinos with their own titles and some licensed titles and this week they announced a deal with CBS to produce new Star Trek gaming machines.
The first GameCo Star Trek machine is due this fall and will be titled Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Adventure, where you control the U.S.S. Defiant. The game promises to feature “highly polished 3D models of the iconic spacecraft that will attract fans of both Star Trek and the space combat genre alike.”
GameCo sent TrekMovie this description of the gameplay for the DS9 machine:
The USS Defiant has entered hostile enemy territory and must fight its way out to survive. Destroy enemy ships to bring your ship and crew to safety, and win incremental cash rewards as you succeed. Players will navigate a 3D space environment, firing weapons to disable or destroy enemy ships while avoiding asteroids and the wreckage of previous battles. Intense flight and battle simulation will be combined with fast paced timed objectives to make for a 60 second thrill ride!
The below video describes the “Video Game Gambling Machines” (or VGMs) which GameCo makes.
GameCo are planning on following up the DS9 game machine with others from the Trek franchise. Their licensing deal covers all of the Star Trek TV series: Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise.
In their release Rich Maryyanek, Global Business Development, GameCo Inc said of Star Trek:
“This fan-favorite franchise has been entertaining people across the globe and is established as one of the most iconic and popular brands ever. We are excited to work with CBS Consumer Products to bring a space battle action game to casino floors that highlights the entertainment value Star Trek is known for,”
No word yet on which casinos will be carrying the Deep Space Nine game, but GameCo tells TrekMovie “the Star Trek VGM will be offered to all customers and given the historical and passionate fandom for the property we expect the game to be prominently installed across the globe.” It is no news, that not only land-based casinos had started using the Star Trek movie’s theme in their games, but online casinos as well. Read this article and you will see, that many online casinos use the theme to make gambling interesting for Star Trek fans.”
This report from Fox Business after the first GameCo games were introduced late last year shows off their first title and explains more about how these Video Game Gambling Machines work.
More information about GameCo is available at their official site.
If video games aren’t your thing, but you still want to put some Star Trek into your gambling, then don’t worry CBS still has a current licensing deal with WMS Gaming who make more traditional video slot machines. Their their latest machine is “Star Trek Starship Enterprise” which is currently in casinos around the United States.
Keep up on all the Star Trek licensing and merchandise news here at TrekMovie.