Next Gaming in partnership with Taito has recently released a skill-based tournament-style mobile game app with a new twist. The game is based on the ever-popular Taito game, Bust A Move, with the new twist being that players are able to wager real money as they test their skills against other players.
Taito is a Japanese game developer that has been in the game design industry for many years. It is responsible for hit retro games such as Space Invaders, Arkanoid, Darius, and the game featured in this recent release, Bust a Move. Bust a Move has been around since 1994 and is now seeing a resurgence as Next Gaming has adapted the game into a skill-based gambling game. The title is hosted on Celer Network’s mobile platform, CelerX, and is available on both Android and iOs devices. The mobile game is currently is available in the USA and Canada with an international release slated later in the year, together with its casino slot counterpart.
The current release is the first real money mobile tournament-style app to be collaborated on by the three companies and more games can be expected to be released by them later this year. Unlike most slots offered by Next Gaming, which primarily mixes luck and skill, the game is based on 100% user skill meaning that players have the result entirely in their hands. The game features head to head battles with real money wagering, leader boards, and regular tournaments.
Next Gaming’s Chief Executive Officer, Mike Darley has said that in spite of all the chaos in the casino gaming industry brought about by the coronavirus, the company has some good things coming up. He also said that getting into the eSports gaming market is a big move, and is fortunate for the company as casinos are closing down while the market for eSports and mobile gaming apps is growing. He also commented on the initial performance numbers of the app saying that it is in the top 50 among the vast games download on the platform. He further explained that entering this market through the game is like putting up a new slot in a casino, people will see it and it is up to them to decide. Despite this, he is confident in the slot’s performance moving forward. Darley has also said that the company always had esports mobile apps and online casinos in mind when they initially began their partnership with Taito for its casino games. Taito, a generally conservative Japanese brand, showed its trust towards Next Gaming by expanding its partnership through diversification and enhanced revenue streams.
The casino slot version of the game was set to launch in Las Vegas in early 2020 but was delayed due to the current pandemic. The pandemic has affected not only its game development but also its certification process. As it stands, the game has been certified by BMM Testlabs for use in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and California, and trials are set to begin in Nevada. The new slots will be placed at Binions downtown and Boyd Gaming’s Cannery.