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International Gaming Institute News

The UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) is committed to providing cutting-edge insights to the global gaming industry. IGI provides research and programs to more than 50 jurisdictions across the globe—to leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Current International Gaming Institute News

People preparing to cut ribbon on new Fertitta Complex
Campus News | November 1, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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Business and Community | May 16, 2019
Students and faculty lead programs to improve lives in Southern Nevada.
A video game controller and keyboard used in an esports game.
Research | May 8, 2019

UNLV gaming researcher explores the potential impacts of cheating in a burgeoning industry.

Campus News | May 1, 2019

UNLV faculty and students honored with Service-Learning, Community-Based Research, Faculty/Staff Outreach, and Student Service awards.

A portrait of Shekinah Hoffman with a portion of the Las Vegas skyline, including the High Roller, in the background.
People | May 1, 2019

Shekinah Hoffman leads a rigorous program for mentoring youth in under-resourced communities.

Becky Harris seated on exterior bench
Business and Community | February 20, 2019

Former Nevada Gaming Control Board chairwoman will study policy and regulatory issues related to legal sports wagering.

International Gaming Institute In The News

KESQ News
November 14, 2019

People around the Coachella Valley depend on tourism to drive our local economy. Experts say approximately half of our jobs are in some way connected to tourism or hospitality. Protecting them is vitally important.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
November 4, 2019

Several dozen middle schoolers played video games and toured the esports arena at the Luxor casino-resort this week as part of a new program working to get girls excited about careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Associated Press
November 2, 2019

Several dozen middle schoolers played video games and toured the esports arena at the Luxor casino-resort this week as part of a new program working to get girls excited about careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Whittier Daily News
November 1, 2019

ICYMI, we published the annual Southern California Casino Guide Monday (you may have seen our special email to you loyal Casino Insider subscribers), but since everyone likes to eat we wanted to highlight our list of all of the restaurants at the area’s casinos.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 31, 2019

It marked the first time Sydney Ferguson played the online game Fortnite, especially on equipment used during tournaments at the HyperX Esports Arena inside the Luxor.

Las Vegas Sun
October 31, 2019

Roy Martin Middle school students take a Battle Born Girls Innovate tour at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas in the Luxor Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Battle Born Girls Innovate, an educational program for middle and high school girls, was founded by the UNLV International Gaming Institute.

International Gaming Institute Experts

An expert in hospitality innovation, business development, esports, and technology incubation. 
An expert in property law, and community and economic development.
A longtime industry executive and leading international expert on responsible gaming. 
An expert in sports betting, gaming policy and regulation, legislative affairs, and workplace sexual harrassment 
An expert in gambling and esports.
An expert on gaming and alcohol law, esports, sports wagering, and casinos.

Recent International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

August 9, 2019
Bo Bernhard, Sarah St. John, and Andi Dassopoulos (all International Gaming Institute) received a grant from the Nevada Governor's Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling to expand their problem gambling research, continuing the work they did for the Nevada Problem Gambling Project. These new projects will use a quantitative and qualitative...
April 3, 2019
Jennifer Roberts and Natice Locke (both International Center for Gaming Regulation) were published in the Clark County Bar Association's "Communique." Their article is on the current status of sports betting in the United States. 
April 2, 2019
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) participated in the NCAA’s Sports Betting Task Force, presenting on the topic of “The Nexus of Esports and Gambling" at the NCAA Summit on Sports Wagering and Well-being in College Student-Athletes. 
January 31, 2019
Nicole Schultz (International Gaming Institute) authored the cover story in the February issue of Global Gaming Business—a leading gaming industry publication—discussing how casinos can restructure and redesign to appeal to the millennial demographic. In particular, the article focuses on millennials and the popular casino game blackjack. 
January 25, 2019
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute), Sally Gainsbury (University of Sydney), Kahlil Philander (Washington State University), and Jeff Butler (University of California, Merced) published a paper, "Customized Responsible Gambling Messaging as a Tool to Encourage Help-Seeking,” in BMC Public Health. The paper analyzes how responsible...
January 17, 2019
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute), along with Mark Johnson (University of Alberta), recently published a paper, "Esports Consumer Perspectives on Match Fixing: Implications for Gambling Awareness and Game Integrity,” in International Gambling Studies. The paper examines esports consumers’ awareness of and attitudes towards gambling-...