The world’s leading provider of Live Dealer online casino gambling technology will enter the Canadian market by the end of this year.
In a press release issued on April 4, the Stockholm-based Evolution Gaming Group announced plans to build a 16,000-square foot Live Dealer studio in the heart of Vancouver.
The eighth Live Dealer studio constructed by Evolution Gaming, the Vancouver site will represent the company’s first foray outside of Europe. With dedicated venues in Riga, Latvia and Bucharest, Romania among its existing collection, Evolution Gaming provides cutting-edge Live Dealer gambling services to major online casino platforms like 888 Holdings, bWin.Party, and William Hill.
The Vancouver studio will be built as part of the company’s recently forged five-year partnership with the British Columbia Lottery Commission (BCLC). In a first for any of Canada’s provincially-owned iGaming monopolies, Evolution Gaming will provide the BCLC’s online casino PlayNow.com with a full-fledged Live Dealer component.
Initial plans call for the site’s Live Dealer extension to offer the table game staples baccarat, blackjack, and roulette. Players on the PlayNow.com platform will be able access these Live Dealer games via desktop and mobile devices.
Live Dealer online casino tables connect players directly to human dealers running games using genuine casino equipment. The dealers, usually attractive women who happen to be highly trained casino gaming professionals, can communicate with players in real time, celebrating big wins and commiserating after losses.
Players tend to prefer Live Dealer games because they remove the role of computerized random number generators (RNGs), allowing everyone to see actual cards fall and a real wheel stop spinning.
Martin Carlesund, who serves as chief executive officer for Evolution Gaming, praised the BCLC as the perfect partner for the company’s first transcontinental expansion:
“Entering the Canadian market with BCLC signifies a huge breakthrough, outside of our European operations.
Through this new partnership, we are confident we will deliver the very best Live Casino experience for BCLC players and an exceptional Live Casino studio facility for BCLC and other Canadian lottery jurisdictions in the future.”
Evolution Gaming states that it will eventually become the sole provider of Live Dealer technology for Canada’s other provincial gambling monopolies. Individual provinces control government-owned gambling entities, and the BCLC deal is expected to pave the way for Evolution Gaming to dominate Live Dealer services throughout the country.
Accordingly, Carlesund celebrated his company’s continued success within the lucrative Live Dealer market:
“This latest expansion consolidates Evolution’s position as global leader in the B2B Live Casino market. This delivery further highlights our ability to provide solutions that meet the most stringent requirements of regulated markets.”
Monica Bohm, vice president of eGaming for the BCLC, commented on the need to keep Canadian online casinos on the industry’s cutting edge:
“We are delighted to enter into this agreement with Evolution, to bring the thrill of live, interactive casino gaming to our online players.
New and innovative products like Live Casino will help BCLC continue to deliver the very best in gambling entertainment to our players while benefiting communities across British Columbia.”
Evolution Gaming estimates that construction on its new Vancouver facilities will be completed by the end of the year, adding 170 employment positions to the local economy.