MGM Resorts has signalled its intent to utilize the latest gaming technologies with the launch of a new mobile gaming platform at its nine Las Vegas properties. The platform, called easyPLAY Mobile Tournaments, allows guests at any of MGM’s resorts to compete against one another using their smartphones or desktops in tournament-style versions of popular casino games such as bingo, poker and slot machines.
It is the first instance of mobile tournaments being offered in any regulated casino in the United States.
Developed by oneLIVE Inc, the tournaments are conducted using the properties’ WiFi, allowing players at Aria, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, Luxor, New York- New York and Excalibur to compete.
Players sign in, pay the entry fee via credit card – which ranges from US$1 to US$5 – and then compete by, for example, notching the highest score from 25 spins in a slots tournament.
Because easyPLAY Mobile Tournaments can be played from anywhere on any MGM Resorts property, the company expects the product to prove a big hit among millennials who are more likely to play while poolside or at the bar.
Tournaments can run anywhere from a few hours to a few days, while MGM Resorts has stated it plans to add a number of new games in the future.