The International Gaming Institute’s Center for Gaming Innovation is an academic incubator that seeks to create innovative and commercially viable casino games. At the foundation of the Center for Gaming Innovation is the Gaming Innovation class, which is a class designed to foster innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit in inventors and non-inventors of all ages. By the end of the semester, through lectures, mentorship, and guidance, students who never thought of themselves as inventors leave the class with a prototype for a brand new gambling game or other gaming-related innovation.
The Center was launched in 2013 with a grant from Governor Sandoval’s Office for Economic Development, and since then has filed more than 50 patent applications—18 of which have resulted in issued patents and eight in commercialized products. Several of these games are available to play in casinos today.
CGI has also been showcased in national media outlets such as CBS Morning News, ABC News, Global Gaming Business, and Casino Enterprise Management, all highlighting UNLV and Nevada as a world leader in gaming innovation.
Most recently, the sports betting company DraftKings announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement with the Center. This agreement includes the launch of the DraftKings Gaming Innovation Studio at UNLV, which will broaden the horizons and opportunities afforded to students in the Gaming Innovation class. For more information on the DraftKings Gaming Innovation Studio at UNLV, view the full press release here.