The gaming industry worldwide has been undergoing significant developments in recent years. Amid a global economic downturn and slow economic recovery, governments seeking new revenue sources have legalized or are considering legalizing various forms of brick-and-mortar gaming facilities, Internet gaming, mobile gaming, skill gaming, and daily fantasy sports. Governments have also expanded existing gaming markets with new facilities, new games, and amended rules and regulations. Many existing gaming facilities have been expanded or renovated to incorporate more non-gaming amenities and move toward an integrated resort model. Also, mergers, acquisitions, and financial restructurings have taken place at a brisk pace among commercial gaming operators and equipment suppliers.

These developments are creating both opportunities and challenges. Opportunities are emerging for market entry, expansion of product and geographic footprints, and development of new gaming segments. Challenges include heightened competition, market saturation, and concerns about engaging younger generations of customers.

Nathan Associates conducts economic research and analysis to help gaming operators, suppliers, developers, investors, associations, governments and regulatory agencies assess and navigate these opportunities and challenges.,

Our Services

Nathan Associates provides a variety of services to the gaming industry, including

  • Market assessments
  • Feasibility studies
  • Gaming facility performance assessments
  • Analysis of market entry and competition
  • Public policy analysis
  • Economic and fiscal impact studies to quantify the effects of existing and planned gaming facilities on competitors, surrounding communities, and the economy
  • Evaluations of game performance
  • Skill vs. chance game assessments
  • Survey design, implementation, and data analysis
  • Expert research and analysis in litigation matters, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breaches of good faith and fair dealing, anticompetitive conduct, unfair competition, and tortious interference
  • Analysis of competition, market power, and harm to competition in antitrust litigation matters

We provide a variety of customizable deliverables, including expert reports and testimony in litigation matters, and studies and presentations in confidential and public nonlitigation matters. Despite the complexity of our work, we convey our methods and findings in straightforward, easily understood terms.

Our Experience

Nathan Associates' experts have extensive experience researching and analyzing gaming issues, especially in complex, controversial, or disputed matters. Our work is grounded in economic theory, guided by experience, supported by data and market research, and customized to the circumstances of each matter. As a result, we have a reputation for objective, insightful, and comprehensive work that is widely accepted and well respected by the gaming industry, governments, regulators, academics, consultants, courts, the media, and the public.

Our experts have worked in all segments of the gaming industry:

  • Commercial casinos
  • Racetrack casinos
  • Native American gaming
  • Lotteries
  • Pari-mutuel wagering
  • Charitable gaming
  • Card rooms
  • Convenience gambling
  • Internet gaming

We have studied the gaming industry at national, state, regional, and local levels. We have analyzed the introduction of planned gaming facilities as well as the development and operation of existing gaming facilities. This includes the integration and development of non-gaming amenities at gaming facilities.

Nathan Associates' experts have conducted gaming research and analysis in a variety of contexts, including

  • Public policy matters
  • Public and government relations
  • Regulatory proceedings
  • Business planning and operations
  • Litigation, arbitration, and mediation

In addition to consulting, we regularly conduct independent scholarly research and analysis of the gaming industry, publishing articles and studies, and presenting at academic, professional, and industry conferences.

Our consulting and scholarly research and analyses have been relied on by the gaming industry, government agencies and regulators, the investment community, academics, and other gaming consultants.

Our experts’ work is regularly cited in trade publications such as Casino Journal, Global Gaming Business, Casino Enterprise Management, and Indian Gaming; law and economics publications including Gaming Law Review and Economics, Gaming Research & Review Journal, and American Gaming Lawyer; and general media including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, The Economist, Bloomberg, Reuters, National Public Radio, Indian Country Today, Las Vegas Review-Journal, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, ABC News, and Forbes.

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