International Gaming Institute: Forming Video Gaming for 25 Years

From 1946 to 1989, the Las Vegas Strip broadened to include 11 new hotel gambling establishments. In the 1990s, the industry was flourishing, and the number of resorts on the Strip nearly doubled. 1993 alone saw the building of Luxor, Treasure Island, MGM Grand, and the implosion of Dunes to include The Bellagio.

That same year, two UNLV Hotel College faculty members, David Christenson and Vince Eade, consulted with the Nevada Video Gaming Commission. The group decided that the market’s fast development developed a need for “an institute in Las Vegas that would act as an instructional avenue for the broadening video gaming market.”

The UNLV International Gaming Institutewas released by the end of 1993 to supply video gaming research, development, executive education, and insights to leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Here’s a look at some of the institute’s turning points over the last quarter-century.


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