UNLV and Caesars Entertainment Create Innovative Technology Hub to Test and Showcase New Gaming and Hospitality Concepts

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Caesars Entertainment announced the creation of “Black Fire Innovation,” a technology hub where new gaming and hospitality concepts will be created and tested in a 43,000 square-foot innovation space that will include elements of mock hotel rooms, a casino floor and sportsbook, an esports arena and virtual reality facilities. Black Fire Innovation brings the university’s academic leaders and Caesars Entertainment together in one space to advance current trends in hospitality and gaming technology to propel the industry forward. The complex is expected to open by the end of 2019.

Research within the Black Fire Innovation space will focus on emerging technologies, which may include blockchain, artificial intelligence and virtual reality with interdisciplinary collaborations across areas such as architecture, psychology and fine arts. Additionally, there will be opportunities for participating startups, researchers and partners to examine how these new technologies are changing how resorts approach gaming, sports wagering and social spaces to appeal to new audiences.

Caesars unveils latest LINQ casino upgrades

Continuing the ongoing transformation of the LINQ Hotel and Casino, Re:Match combines high-tech casino games, hologram gaming, virtual reality, esports and live entertainment.

The offering also comprises a new integrated and immersive strip-side bar, featuring 27 touch screens that create a cohesive bar top underwater world with sporadic games that are interactive and responsive.

Promising traditional gaming with a twist, Caesars stresses that a variety of slot games will soon feature characters from TV and film, with new picture in picture technology allowing guests to play additional bonus games and enhanced casino lighting system enabling jackpot celebrations, with roulette, craps, blackjack and more to be incorporated.

Hologram Gaming is also set to be installed in the centre of the casino, featuring tic tac toe, rock, paper, scissors and pop ‘em, with the company stating it represents “another first-of-its-kind on the Las Vegas Strip, a new gaming experience challenges you to test your luck against a hologram”.

Further installations sees six virtual reality bays, a series of digital art installations throughout the casino, dedicated esports gaming destination, arcade games and interactive, multi-stage entertainment