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.
The state of Nevada’s long time unique position of one of the few gambling jurisdictions in the world was part of a quickly growing and changing ecosystem. With the rise of Macau and 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 had to be international to ensure that all viewpoints and best practices from many gaming jurisdictions can be 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 long time and unique position of one of the few gambling jurisdictions in the world was part of a quickly growing and changing ecosystem. Initially, The Center focused on serving international gaming regulator and established itself as the only and premier resource for regulators and their respective agencies. With the continued and stratospheric growth of Macau and Asian markets, the migration to digital and online gaming and the general growth of gaming around the world. In 2020, The Center shifted its focus.
The Center's now targets and provide 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.