Q2 NEWSLETTER  |  May 3, 2016
Dear Emerging Leaders of Gaming TM Member,
This quarter's newsletter includes content about eSports, iGNA, our recent 
video webinar , and more. Read on for more about Emerging Leaders of Gaming TM   and how you can participate! 
by Stephanie Adkison 
& Angela Slovachek

The Emerging Leaders of Gaming recently hosted a video webinar to discuss the tried-and-true practices that can be used to effectively engage millennials in the workplace, as told by several industry professionals.  We were honored to be joined by the following guest speakers:  Mark Freid, President, Think Creative, Inc.;  Nicole Fields, Marketing Manager, Cintas;  Andre Jackson, Director of Hotel Operations, Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino;  Tonya Roedell, Director of Digital & Professional Services, Aristocrat
iGNA 2016 - A RECAP
by Christopher Irwin

The iGaming North America Conference (IGNA), attended and co-produced by The Innovation Group, took place April 5-7,  2016.  The conference itself took on many forms and covered a wide array of topics, most of which did not pertain specifically to iGaming.  In fact, the headliners were Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), eSports, and millennials.   eSports, whose championship matches had more viewers than Game 6 of the 2015 NBA finals, and DFS, more widely known for its large online companies of DraftKings and FanDuel, dominated the conference. 
by Michael Vanaskie
League of Legends, Defense of the Ancients, Halo, Call of Duty, and Hearthstone.  Whether these titles are familiar to you or not, they represent some of the most popular competitive games in the burgeoning industry that is eSports.  While eSports may still be an ignorable industry to outsiders, in reality it represents a high-growth industry that is still in its relatively early stages of expansion.  To have a clear understanding on the potential of the industry, it is important to have a cursory familiarity of the history of eSports. 
Featured "40 Under 40" Winner: Academia & Gaming
by David Rittvo

Brett Abarbanel, Ph.D.
Head, Social & Recreational Gambling Research
UCLA Gambling Studies Program
University of California, Los Angeles

Through her work, Brett Abarbanel is in the unique position to merge the worlds of academia and gaming.  Head of Social and Recreational Gambling Research at UCLA's Gambling Studies Program, Brett conducts research in online gambling, eSports, gambling operations and technology use, and responsible gambling and community relations.

Brett's primary areas of industry interaction are threefold.  First, conferences are key in her interaction with the gaming world, as they offer her the opportunity to bridge the gap between her department's work and developments in the gaming industry.  As a regular panel speaker at industry conferences, Brett enjoys these opportunities to share her group's research, believing that it should be applied in the industry and not limited only to the academic world.  Second, her team also engages in consulting projects with various industry players, collaborating research efforts to answer questions through acquired data.  Third, Brett's group provides research to government entities in their efforts to implement new laws and regulations, and aids companies in the industry with the creation of new policies.
About the writers:

Stephanie Adkison, Analyst

Christopher Irwin, Senior Analyst

Angela Slovachek, Analyst

Michael Vanaskie Senior Analyst

Emerging Leaders of Gaming Expands

As  Emerging Leaders of Gaming TM   continues to turn today's young executives into tomorrow's industry leaders, The Innovation Group is making strides in expanding the program even further.  After the success of our recent video webinar about engaging millennials in the workplace, we are already gearing up for a second webinar this summer.  Keep reading our social media posts for more details, and to learn more about  Emerging Leaders of Gaming, please email  [email protected]  or  visit our page.  

It has really been interesting to connect with the other Emerging Leaders of Gaming.  I have especially enjoyed reading the posts on the Emerging Leaders LinkedIn page. And it's fantastic to be approached by people who already know about me through an excerpt from Global Gaming Business Magazine or one of The Innovation Group's newsletters, especially so early on in my career." 

Brett Abarbanel, Ph.D.
Head, Social & Recreational Gambling Research
UCLA Gambling Studies Program
University of California, Los Angeles


PUBLICATIONS - (1) Read recent articles written by TIG's staff. GGB's "Tribal Expansion: Nooks and Crannies?" by Erika Meeske  |  '"One Belt, One Road" to Help Drive Casino Growth' by David Rittvo & Michael Zhu   (2) TIG referenced in Forbes Asia's "Lawrence Ho Bets Big On Small Players"

EVENTS & CONFERENCES - See which upcoming conferences TIG will be attending in the next few months. 
Emerging Leaders of Gaming has established itself as the go-to network for young professionals assuming the next generation of leadership in gaming, entertainment, hospitality, food and beverage, tourism, and leisure. We continue to support the growth and development of these rising stars as they achieve their fast-track to success, destined to fill tomorrow's senior-level and C-suite management positions.  

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