There’s no tomorrow without today. The building blocks for life happen one day at a time. The casino business is no different. Casinos don’t look the same today as they did 10 years ago. They certainly don’t look the same as they did 30 years ago. Casino operators are always looking to offer amenities for today’s customer with hopes that something will stick for the future.
Right now we’re seeing a casino operator look forward with how we can enjoy gambling, gaming, and entertainment. MGM Resorts has devoted 12,000 square feet of space at MGM Grand to a gaming lounge called Level Up. The lounge is located between Hakkasan Nightclub and the MGM Grand Sports Book. The new space offers a different gaming and gambling experience than the rest of the casino. Heck, it’s different than you’ll find anywhere in Las Vegas.
Level Up combines a bar, lounge, casino, and game room. The lounge has traditional bar games like pool, foosball, and ping pong if you just want to drink and hang out. Level Up also includes the newest gambling technology like stadium gaming and gambling machines that are different than traditional slot machines. Recently, Level Up has started to add virtual experiences that you won’t find in any other casino.
Earlier this year Level Up added Golfstream. This is the world’s first indoor laser golf course. Think of the game as the future of what a golf simulator could be. The lounge area offers a VIP experience with a private caddy, bottle service, and exclusive food offerings. You can learn more about Golfstream here.
MGM Resorts recently announced that Level Up will debut “Las Vegas’ first multiplayer free-roam VR experience” at Level Up on September 8. The lounge will dedicate 2,000 feet to “Virtual Reality Powered by Zero Latency.” The game will immerse up to eight players in a completely interactive digital universe, allowing them to physically navigate considerable distances while collaborating with other players challenges.
Zero Latency CEO Tim Ruse says, “When it comes to playing games, and exploring new worlds in virtual reality, more people means more fun. Technology can often be isolating but we are determined to continue to design games and experiences that bring people together to have mind-blowing VR adventures and forge real memories that can last a lifetime. We’re excited to bring this experience to Las Vegas, our first West Coast location.”
A demo of the experience is below and you can see more videos from Zero Latency here.
There are three virtual reality challenges available for players to choose from:
- Zombie Survival – The team is trapped in a zombie apocalypse.
- Singularity – Something has gone wrong in a secretive military research space station.
- Engineerium – This puzzle adventure is set in a fantastical world with flying whales, giant parrots, and colorful creatures.
MGM Grand is one of the largest casinos in Las Vegas with more than 170,000 square feet of space. The sheer size allows them space to experiment where other casinos can’t. Level Up offers a unique gaming environment for Las Vegas. The combination of gambling, gaming, bar, lounge and virtual experiences can’t be found anywhere else.
This might be what the casino of the future looks like and it might not. What we can say for sure is that Level Up is a casino experience you can’t find anywhere else in Las Vegas.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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