HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 20Issue 32New Jersey Confirms it is Accepting Skill-Based Gaming Applications

On October 14, 2014, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General issued a press release confirming that the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement is currently authorized to accept skill-based gaming applications for review under the NJ First program. Such a submission review process will be expedited according to New Jersey Public Law 2011, Chapter 19, C.5:12-100(e)(5), which states:

Any new gaming equipment or simulcast wagering equipment that is submitted for testing to the division or to an independent testing laboratory licensed pursuant to subsection a. of section 92 of P.L.1977, c.110 (C.5:12-92) prior to or simultaneously with submission of such new equipment for testing in a jurisdiction other than New Jersey, may, consistent with regulations promulgated by the division, be deployed by a casino licensee on the casino floor 14 days after submission of such equipment for testing. If the casino or casino service industry enterprise licensee has not received approval for the equipment 14 days after submission for testing, any interested casino licensee may, consistent with division regulations, deploy the equipment on a field test basis, unless otherwise directed by the director.

The NJ First program seeks to revitalize the gaming and tourism industries in Atlantic City. The law provides a provision allowing gaming products, which are submitted to New Jersey prior to or simultaneously with any other jurisdiction or testing lab, to be tested and, if approved, put onto the casino floor within 14 days. This is one of the most expedited game-approval processes in the country.

“Given the success of our New Jersey First program over the past 3 years, we have the fastest time to market for electronic gaming equipment anywhere in the country,” stated Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck. “The Division is authorized to implement this approach and move forward with products. Bring your innovative skill-based games to New Jersey and we will work with you to get them approved quickly.”

The New Jersey Attorney General notes that the concept of combining skill-based and social elements to a casino game has broad-based appeal. Their aim is to integrate the style of social gaming into a gambling setting. New Jersey would most likely be the first state to implement these games into their casinos due to the “New Jersey First” provision.


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