Program Description: From social casino games to e-sports to virtual reality and in-game payments, many familiar activities blend the two concepts of gambling and gaming. In the most prolific current example, loot boxes hits the news on a near-daily basis in legislative and international regulatory debates. But loot boxes are just scratching the surface of gambling access in video games and e-sports. Dr. Abarbanel will review where we have been along the journey of gambling and gaming convergence internationally, including perspectives from the e-sports field and gaming industry, and discuss where this intersection is showing up in unusual and unexpected ways.
About Rebel Recharge: Rebel Recharge is a dynamic new ten-month lunch-and-learn series featuring engaging and timely topics designed to stimulate conversation and develop new skills. The series is presented by faculty, staff, and alumni of UNLV and is open to all who would like to attend.