10 Women Rising in Gaming

October 2023

Samantha Huff-Schlueter

Current company and role: RubinBrown, Assurance Manager – Gaming Services Group

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

First job in the gaming industry: Current Position

Did you apply for work in other industries? Do you think it was easier to find a job in gaming than other career paths?

I started with a public accounting firm in 2013, and at the firm, I had the opportunity to work in several industries.  I chose the gaming industry for my career focus in 2015 because of the multiple opportunities in gaming for accountants and auditors and the fact that it would be two years before I discovered my passion for scuba diving. In all seriousness, I was genuinely curious and fascinated by gaming, so it made it easier to learn about and make my career what I wanted it to be.

What do you like about working in gaming?

I like how gaming is changing and evolving. Over the last few years, I have been able to specialize in online gaming providers, which has created the ability to learn and pursue something new and challenging. I am working with a wide range of companies (start-ups to well-established) and regulators on a plethora of projects, from regulatory compliance to best practices for processes and bookkeeping to identifying potential tax savings opportunities. As the online gaming space continuously evolves, I am keeping up on the latest developments and challenges the industry is experiencing, as well as getting exposure to systems and providers along the way.

Did anything surprise you about the industry when you first started?

I didn’t realize how connected the people within the industry are. It is amazing to see how well acquainted the gaming community is and how many times my path has crossed with others. Whether it is at conferences, Global Gaming Women events, or just conversations within the firm, it feels more like two to three degrees of separation instead of six within the industry and most are willing to make introductions when asked.

Were you familiar with gambling before landing a job in the industry? What were your thoughts about it before starting to work in gaming? Has your impression of the industry changed at all?

Prior to working in gaming, my exposure to the industry was an occasional trip to the casino with friends where I mostly played slot machines because card sharks are more intimidating than the ocean ones. I did not understand the thrill from a patron perspective, but I came to realize that I did not appreciate how dynamic and impactful this industry is. Now, sitting on this side of the table, I can see and feel the thrill that gaming brings. I am excited that I have the chance to be involved in and many times on the front lines of the evolution of the industry.

Can you envision making a career in the gaming industry? What are your long-term goals?

I can certainly envision a career in the gaming industry. With the experiences and knowledge I have accumulated up to this point, I do not see my interest or excitement for this industry fading. But if I could incorporate some scuba diving into weekly assignments, I would not be complaining. I want to continue to grow and partner with clients, as well as help develop, train, and provide opportunities for the team. I’m passionate about the industry as a whole and I look forward to the challenges and successes to come.

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