Konami appears to be getting out of the traditional video games business and pushing its gambling properties more, a move that should get a lot easier and more profitable after a law Nevada passed this week.
Skill-based gambling is now legal on gaming machines operating in the state, where in the past only games of pure chance (a slot machine, typically) were allowed. This means that "bonus rounds" can be tacked on to a regular game of chance, with a payout corresponding to a player's skill at them.
The change comes with the passage of Senate Bill 9, which the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers lobbied for. AGEM's president happens to be Thomas Jingoli, the president of Konami's gambling division. Konami itself is a "gold member" of the organization.
A statement from AGEM said that the skill-based payouts could incorporate traditional video gaming features such as driving, shooters, shoot-em-ups, sports and more. Konami — or any games publisher — would be able to design a slot machine not only themed on their most recognizable properties, but incorporating their gameplay as well.
Konami recently pulled the plug on Silent Hills, a reboot of that franchise being overseen by Hideo Kojima and the director Guillermo Del Toro, who this week decried Konami's "scorched earth" handling of Silent Hills' cancellation. Kojima and Konami also are rumored to be splitting up. And this week, Konami's new CEO told a Japanese site that "mobile is where the future of gaming lies," further indicating it's through with consoles or PC.