Every year, Las Vegas hosts the Global Gaming Expo, and there is no better place to reveal the future of the gaming industry than Sin City. This year was no different, as technology companies unveiled their latest games, several of which featured big-time celebrities.
The music industry is well-represented when it comes to slot games, and this year gamblers will be able to play along with Gene Simmons and his band-mates from Kiss. The Kiss slot was one of several that were shown off for the first time this past week. Dolly Parton, another musical legend, will also be featured in a new slot game.
On the television side of things, Judge Judy, the popular television judge who presides over divorce and civil cases, will receive her own dedicated slot game.
The new games did not stop with real people. Mobile games have become popular as cell phones have developed over the past decade, and two of the most popular mobile games, Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies will enter the slot arena after gaming executives revealed the new slot themes.
Pawn Stars, a popular television show, will get their first slot game this year. Pawn Stars celebrities Corey and Rick had the honor of cutting the ribbon on the exhibit hall, where dozens of new slots were on display for the first time.
Over 25,000 people attended the expo that ended on Thursday. The new slot games were exciting for visitors to see, but the biggest issue discussed at this year's convention was online gambling, and its progression into the US. Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey have already passed online gambling regulation legislation, and with dozens of other states and the federal government considering doing the same, much of the conversation at the expo revolved around the issue.