In 2017, Dylan Slaney entered the igaming industry and has quickly made a name for himself, leading up to his current role as CEO of Light & Wonder’s igaming division. Slaney has witnessed significant changes in the gaming industry since joining in 2017, particularly in the move from dot.com markets to regulation in dot.country markets. He has risen through the ranks at NYX Gaming Group and SG Digital, overseeing a significant overhaul of Scientific Games and the subsequent emergence of Light & Wonder as a leaner, more focused gaming business across three divisions.Slaney’s role has become increasingly complex as the gaming business has diversified into different markets with their tailored regulations. However, Slaney believes that regulated markets provide benefits to players and the industry. To balance this, he argues that too much regulation could drive players into the black market, leading to unwanted consequences. Slaney has taken an innovative approach to his role, working alongside UK’s Gambling Commission to develop new products that factor in a new era for UK gambling.In the coming years, Slaney expects to see an emphasis on player engagement in igaming through additional features such as multiplayer, personalization, and unique rewards. This aligns with the industry’s ever-evolving and increasingly sophisticated player expectations. Light & Wonder’s igaming division has seen significant growth, with revenue up 21% year-on-year in Q3, making it the fastest-growing division. Despite strong competition and regulatory challenges, Slaney remains optimistic about the future of igaming. He attributes his drive and determination to his upbringing and his family, particularly his mother, who instilled in him the values of hard work and accountability. These same values inform his leadership at Light & Wonder iGaming. He strives to lead his company forward with the same ‘never settle’ mentality, a value that has driven him and his business.

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