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Founded in 1993, the UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) provides world-class education and cutting edge insights to global gaming leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

IGI is at the forefront of research, knowledge, and innovation in gaming.

IGI Centers of Excellence

At the heart of IGI’s efforts are its “Centers of Excellence,” each of which have been developed to address a strategic problem that an academic institution’s unique spaces and structures can solve.

Center for Gaming Innovation

Our Center for Gaming Innovation enables students to create intellectual property, including gambling games and innovations that have generated more than 30 patent applications to date. These innovations are just starting to hit casino floors – as gaming environments around the world seek to entertain the next generation of millennials.

Hospitality Lab

Our Hospitality Lab builds upon this successful model and broadens the scope of innovation to the whole hospitality industry. The Lab facilitates collaboration between UNLV student inventors and industry partners to develop apps to enhance the customer experience, innovations that transform the guest room experience, and big data applications.

Esports Lab

Our Esports Lab offers the first-ever UNLV academic course and lab focused on the most significant phenomena in gaming-related popular culture today: esports. In the Esports Lab, students work to provide possible solutions for the casino industry to integrate esports events and to attract millennials.

International Center for Gaming Regulation

Our International Center for Gaming Regulation is the world’s first academic center dedicated to gaming regulatory research and education, guiding the world’s policymakers as they make decisions that govern the industry. This Center was launched in 2016 in partnership with UNLV’s Boyd School of Law.

Each of these centers takes advantage of the university’s research and teaching focus, as well as its status as a globally recognized “neutral space” for stakeholders, to effect positive change.