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Oversight of skill-based amusement machines (SBAMs) was granted to the Ohio Casino Control Commission as part of the Casino Control Law passed in 2010. This authority was further detailed by the Ohio General Assembly in 2015, when the Commission was given jurisdiction over all persons conducting or participating in SBAM operations – including the ability to license, regulate and penalize in a manner consistent with the Commission’s responsibilities regarding casino gaming.

The Commission’s Division of Skill Games has since proposed 28 rules pertaining to SBAMs, as well as established application and license fees.

Click here to view the Proposed Rules/Definitions pertaining to Skill Games.

Licenses & Fees

Type of License  Application Fee License Fee License Period
Vendors $3,000 $3,000 3 years
Type-B Operators $1,500 $1,500 3 years
Type-C Operators $3,000 $3,000 3 years
Type-C Locations $250 $250 5 years
Key Employees $250 $250 5 years


**Effective February 1, 2018, any company interested in seeking certification as an independent skill-based amusement machine testing laboratory may contact Andromeda Morrison, Director of Skill Games, for further information.

Requests for game and technology approval may be submitted to the Commission beginning April 23, 2018. Additional details regarding the game/technology approval process will be available to all stakeholders and interested parties prior to the approval commencement date.**

The Commission has scheduled Monday, April 23, 2018 as the tentative “go-live” date for skill game regulation. Beginning on this date, and continuing until July 22, all type-B operators, type-C operators, and vendors that wish to continue conducting or participating in skill-based amusement machine (SBAM) gaming must register with the Commission. Registered operators and vendors may continue to conduct SBAM operations in Ohio provided they also submit an application for licensure no later than August 21, 2018. Registration remains effective until the Commission renders a final determination on the operator’s or vendor’s application for licensure.

Additionally, all key employees, type-B operators, type-C operators, vendors, and type-C locations must be licensed by the Commission prior to conducting or participating in SBAM gaming in Ohio.

More information regarding the registration and licensing processes will be made available closer to April 23.

If you would like to receive updates regarding SBAM regulation and the rollout of this new system, please join our mailing list. (If you have previously received information on skill games from the Commission, you will continue to do so.)

Contact the Skill Games Division at (614) 387-0318 or skillgames@casinocontrol.ohio.gov.
Skill Games Seminars

Click here to learn more about upcoming seminars that will provide information regarding all of the new requirements for skill games.

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