According to the Spectrum Gaming Group, Atlantic City will make a come back due to increased state investment. In Las Vegas operators will work on improvements to current casinos and on reducing debt rather than new construction. Competition will remain stiff as employment levels remain low. However emphasis on convention business will increase and so boost the local economy.
In Asia, the proposed gaming zone in Russia will add to development in the area by possibly becoming a major gaming region. The main American gaming resort operators will continue to develop further gaming complexes in the Asian market. (See article: “Hong Kong Players Rush to Macau Casinos”).
There will be increased pressure from states to legalise casinos and online gaming and Native American casinos will expand as well as moving into online gaming.
As for development on the internet, American land based casino operators are preparing for and awaiting the hoped for legalisation of online gaming. Also in preparation for the future legalisation of online betting, deals are being signed between off shore operators and owners of land based casinos. There may be major developments in the area of social networking and electronic gaming in particular as the two tend to converge more. Land based casinos could suffer a loss of revenue due to increased gaming in cyber cafés unless this area is more strictly regulated. The possible legalisation of internet gaming will have an impact on state lotteries and traditional games which are preparing for a move online. Server based gaming is only progressing slowly due to the cost of such an investment.
There will be pressure on the Department of Justice as more states question the fact that only four states are allowed to run sports betting.
The economic situation will affect employment and casino operators will look to the use of technology to deal with this.
So in 2012, the development of online gaming, the global economic situation and changes in political policies will greatly affect the gaming industry.