Atari’s 1981 hit Centipede is an antique in the video game world, but it’s the hottest new thing in the casino industry. Slot machine manufacturers are rolling out a raft of games inspired by the penny arcade, hoping to attract middle-aged gamblers with a dose of nostalgia and the promise of finally cashing in on all those hours spent in front of a screen.
Bally Technologies Inc. says it has agreed to buy fellow gambling equipment maker SHFL entertainment Inc. for about $1.31 billion in cash.
Industry leaders are gathering in Las Vegas this week for the annual Global Gaming Expo. A number of new slot machines are making their debut at the trade show.