Gamers Club and Mega Nites were the first to open Internet Sweepstakes Cafes in Ohio and rapidly became the industry leader. The Cafes were popular and the owner eventually opened several Cafes across the I-90 corridor. Many competitors followed suit, but they still were voted the “Best of the Best Internet Café” in a poll by the Lorain Journal.
In October, 2013, the Ohio legislature passed laws that essentially made Sweepstakes games illegal. As a result, approximately 600 Cafes closed. The owner searched for a better solution and found it with a new software provider, offering state-of-the-art games, but most importantly, a business model that is legal and will remain so in Ohio for the duration– Skill Games. Customers have the opportunity to play Skill Computer Games on a high-speed interactive web-based network utilizing true HD graphics with video animations. The games include features such as multi level bonuses, power spins, wild cards and other interesting twists. Prizes are paid in gold and silver bullion which is readily convertible into cash or gas cards.
Gamers Club reopened in Harbor Light Landing in Port Clinton in December and Mega Nites reopened on SR 60 in Vermilion in January. The Café offers a place to play and win the games and enjoy an adults-only, alcohol-free, smoke-free environment and the camaraderie developed among the customer base. Early reports indicate the Cafes have already nearly reached their prior levels of business.