IGI Hosts Innovation Showcase for Top Caesars Execs

Feb. 15, 2018

Written by: Nicole Schultz, Global Gaming Capital Coordinator, International Gaming Institute

At the beginning of January, UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) was proud to host 75+ high-level executives from Caesars Entertainment for a top-tier “Research and Innovation Showcase.”

The executives, in town for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), were given an up-close and personal look at some of the latest and greatest UNLV gaming and hospitality innovations.

IGI’s Center for Gaming Innovation demonstrated skill-based gaming advancements, including:

  • Line ‘Em Up and Slot Collector, created by students Troy Pettie and Evan Thomas, which emphasize a more interactive gaming experience—while still maintaining the same stakes and odds as more traditional casino games.

  • Ultimate Parlay and Scoring Frenzy, designed by graduate students Brittney Martino and John Lukasik, respectively. These house-banked sporting games are designed to appeal to the growing millennial market.

Students from IGI’s Hospitality Lab and Esports Lab classes showcased their innovations for the future integrated resort. Several teams created and demonstrated economically viable and sustainable business models for gaming, technology, food and beverage, entertainment, and guest experience. For example, some of the young innovators presented their idea for increasing the use of OLED technology in casinos, while others highlighted a more efficient way to serve drinks at the bar.

Offering even more creative ideas, UNLV School of Architecture students showcased the next generation of integrated resort architectural designs and analysis through computer-generated 3D models.

Finally, research, which is at the foundation of all of IGI’s endeavors, was presented at the showcase. Topics included the future of Japanese integrated resorts, women in commercial casinos, esports and gaming, and responsible gambling. UNLV Research and Technology Park, a place where “the community and university unite to conduct cutting edge research and provide educational opportunities for students,” showcased the mission of the Park and its upcoming launch date.

In the days following the event, IGI received overwhelmingly positive remarks about the event, commending our bright students and their cutting-edge ideas. One executive remarked,

“It was really an eye opener on the great vision, strategy and execution plan the UNLV Office for Research and Economic Development has been working on.”

In the future, IGI plans to continue bringing these unique opportunities to our students, and we look forward to hosting similar events in the future. For more information on any of the games or innovations mentioned above or on how to enroll in a class, please contact igi@unlv.edu.