The International Center for Gaming Regulation (known as the ICGR or “The Center”) was established as a result of Senate Bill 51 during the 2012 Nevada Legislative session with the intent of founding the world’s only institute focused on the online and land-based casino industries. Building on, and sponsored by, the unique expertise of the International Gaming Institute and UNLV’s Boyd School of Law, its founders saw the need for a continuing and broad platform for educating, studying, advising, and researching the gaming industry and its regulations.
With the rise of Macau and other Asian markets, along with the migration to digital and online gaming, UNLV and The Center’s founder had the vision to recognize that in order to continue to lead and affect policy, an institute should be focused on that mission. Moreover, it was critical that the scope was international to ensure that all viewpoints and best practices from many gaming jurisdictions were included.
The Center was established the following year with the following broad objectives:
- Provide a research funding and repository mechanism for gaming and gaming regulation.
- Educate the gaming industry about regulatory compliance and operational functions.
- Provide a thought leadership platform for the regulatory and compliance forum.
- Act as a trusted advisor to governments, gaming jurisdictions, and sovereign nations from around the world.
The state of Nevada’s longstanding, unique position as one of the few gambling jurisdictions in the world is a part of a quickly growing and changing ecosystem. Initially, The Center focused on serving international gaming regulators and established itself as the premier and only resource for regulators and their respective agencies. With the continued stratospheric growth of Macau and Asian markets, the migration to digital and online gaming, and the further growth of gaming around the world, the Center shifted its focus in 2020.
The Center now targets and provides resources for gaming and highly regulated industries, which includes operators, suppliers, the legal community, law enforcement, and other stakeholders
The ICGR Today
Today, the ICGR operates a thriving think tank, Thought Leadership Councils, and conducts research while providing an unparalleled educational platform and an advisory services practice.