Accomplishments: International Gaming Institute

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 gambling measures may be more effective if they are customized to individual player needs.
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-related match-fixing as it pertains to competitive video gaming.
October 15, 2018
Nicole Schultz (International Gaming Institute) recently published an article in M Life Magazine, the internal publication for all MGM Resorts International properties, about the different virtual and augmented reality entertainment options on the Las Vegas Strip.
September 25, 2018
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) is the author of an article about the #MeToo McDonald’s protest that took place in 10 U.S. cities Tuesday, Sept. 18. The article, which was written for the Italian website Ytali, discusses the first strike in more than a century related to sexual harassment in the workplace, and includes a quote from Shekinah Hoffman (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) about changes to the workplace over the decades that have created a safer...
September 14, 2018
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) is the author of an article about World Tourism Day, an event promoted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The article, which was written for the Italian website Ytali, covers the role that technology plays in tourism today and how technology can produce more sustainable tourism practices in the future. She is a sociology doctoral student and a graduate assistant in the International Gaming Institute.
May 24, 2018
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) was invited to give a keynote address at the GamiFIN Conference in Pori, Finland. At this academic-meets-industry games research conference, Abarbanel's presentation focused on the convergence of video games and gambling. 
May 22, 2018
André Wilsenach and Jennifer Roberts (International Center for Gaming Regulation) were invited to present at this year's International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) conference and Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia in Macau. The two spoke on emerging topics in the gaming industry, including blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and esports, as well as taxation and global regulatory trends. 
May 22, 2018
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) recently delivered two keynote addresses in Macau, China. The first keynote was for the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) Summit and focused on the impacts of the integrated resort on society and the economy. The second, for the Asia Lottery Forum, presented a global analysis of problem gambling impacts, implications, and treatments.
May 22, 2018
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) was invited to speak at a plenary "talkback session" for The Spot conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. Hosted by ThinkSport, an organization founded in part by the International Olympic Committee, the conference aims to bring together sports organizations, research and educational institutes, business, health, and the public sector. Abarbanel's session focused on the future of esports, esports competitions, and esports betting.