Spectrum Gaming Group, an independent research and professional services firm serving public- and private-sector clients worldwide, has pulled out its crystal ball.
The organization, we’ve learned, has just published its 13th annual list of Most Important Gaming Trends for 2017.
“Spectrum has a strong track record, dating back to 2004, of peering into the future, and helping our clients successfully identify opportunities,” said Spectrum Managing Director Michael Pollock. “We trust that this carefully considered list will fill that role in 2017.”
Among the top 10 trends for 2017?
1. Significant expansion opportunities are expected to arise as legislation is crafted in Brazil, India and Japan.
2. Lotteries and casinos will both seek online opportunities — sometimes with competing efforts in the same states and countries, creating competitive challenges that legislators and regulators must sort out.
3. Casinos will leverage their under-utilized square footage to create special attractions for Millennials, including lounges, entertainment, and skill-based gaming options.
4. States will attempt to overcome stagnating gaming receipts by proposing new forms of, or locations for, gaming such as retail gaming (i.e., a limited number of electronic gaming devices in liquor-licensed establishments), satellite casinos, and slots at airports.
5. Proponents of legalized sports betting — including the American Gaming Association, state associations and individual operators — will push their agenda more forcefully as state budgets continue to be
For the complete rundown as well as an opportunity to reflect on previous trend predictions from past years, click here.
Additionally, we’re told that the anticipated 2017 trends and other important issues will be examined at the Winter Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS), January 6-8 at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, AZ.