Do I need any approvals before offering a new game I created to casinos?

Q: I've created a new casino game that I would like to start offering to casino properties in my jurisdiction. Do I need any game approvals before I begin?

A: If you’ve invented a new game or a new variation on an existing casino game, it is highly likely that the game will need to be approved by the gaming commission or regulatory authority before being placed on the casino floor. In addition, if you retain the rights to the game or receive a portion of the revenue from the games operation on an ongoing basis, you will likely be required to obtain a supplier's license from the gaming authorities.

Each state or tribal jurisdiction has different requirements for issuing game approvals. Typically, a new game or a new variation on an existing game must be approved by a testing lab prior to being introduced on a casino floor. You will be required to submit game rules, samples of any unique hardware/software used for gameplay, mathematical analysis under a variety of play scenarios, legal/regulatory reviews under the jurisdiction's game requirements, and any other materials related to the new gameplay. The testing lab will then analyze the game to confirm that the play meets all regulatory and legal requirements.

While the testing period may take several weeks to complete, it may be possible to obtain a temporary approval that will allow for a trial period to take place on the casino floor. Many jurisdictions require a trial period under live conditions before fully approving a game for use, and many properties will also use a trial period to help evaluate public interest in the new product.

Gaming labs may be run by the state government, run by a private company such as GLI or BMM that has contracted with the state gaming authorities, or a combination of both. If the game has been approved in another jurisdiction, then there may be the possibility of receiving some form of reciprocity related to certain testing requirements. Therefore, it is important to review and analyze each jurisdiction's specific testing requirements before expanding into a new jurisdiction to ensure the most efficient testing process.