A week after running an inaugural tournament on its Frogger: Get Hoppin’ game at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Konami Gaming Incorporated has officially rolled out the skill-based casino title inside the Las Vegas casino’s new Level Up entertainments lounge.
Konami Gaming Incorporated is the Las Vegas-based subsidiary of Japan’s Konami Holdings Corporation and specializes in the design and manufacture of slots and casino management systems. It declared that Frogger: Get Hoppin’ is its first skill-based innovation for casinos and was among several next-generation gaming concepts presented at last year’s Global Gaming Expo in Nevada.
“Considering Konami [Gaming Incorporated’s] extensive heritage in consumer arcade and video game entertainment, 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,” read a statement from Tom Jingoli, Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer for Konami Gaming Incorporated. “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.”
Konami Gaming Incorporated, which explained that it was the first games manufacturer authorized for New Innovation Beta program field trials by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, stated that Frogger: Get Hoppin’ charges players a $2 entry fee before giving them the chance to win random cash awards while top scores are recorded daily and displayed via a leaderboard.
“We’re very pleased with the response we’ve seen to Frogger: Get Hoppin’,” said Jingoli. “Throughout the trial and competition event an entire spectrum of player types have tried the game but by far the largest audiences represented were those not traditionally engaged in gaming activities at the casino. As this emerging sector continues to expand, players can look forward to connecting with new forms of gaming entertainment that reinforce their interests and social preferences.”
For its part, the MGM Grand Hotel And Casino, which is owned by MGM Resorts International, described its 12,000 sq ft Level Up entertainments lounge as a “tech savvy adult playground” that offers an “extensive selection of traditional activities” alongside “an inventive twist on the latest in peer-to-peer experiences”.
“Frogger: Get Hoppin’ has captured the attention of video game players worldwide for generations,” read a statement from Scott Sibella, President and Chief Operating Officer for the MGM Grand Hotel And Casino. “Now, with Konami [Gaming Incorporated], we will offer our guests the first opportunity to play the game for prizes as we launch the skill-based game at Level Up. This Frogger: Get Hoppin’ game demonstrates the future of casino gaming and we invite players of all skill levels to experience it first-hand.”