Evolution Gaming’s mission is simple – to be the global leading provider of live casino solutions and infrastructure. The business develops these systems across Europe and was established back in 2006.
Evolution set itself apart from the outset by specialising in live casino experiences rather than the industry standard line-up of table games and slots.
And, once it had arrived, the company lost no time in changing the face of live gaming. Within a year, its first major client, PartyCasino, was signed. By 2009, it had to expand its studios in the Latvian capital Riga.
Today, the firm has around four thousand employees, most of whom are based in Malta and Latvia. While the parent company is in Sweden. And there are state-of-the-art live casino studio facilities in Malta, Latvia and Canada.
What is a live casino – and what are the benefits?
Perhaps in no small part due to what Evolution Gaming has done, live gaming has become hugely popular.
A live casino means a human dealer runs the game in real-time from an actual gaming table with a real wheel, viewed via high-quality live streaming. Essentially, the offline experience is replicated realistically online.
Clearly, live casinos have benefited in recent years from technological advances, for both software and hardware, and enhanced broadband speeds.
Anyone playing can talk to the dealer using a text chat feature, on any device from a desktop to a mobile phone.
For most casino fans, there are many benefits to playing live, including:
- The presence of a real dealer can give an added sense of security and fairness
- A more sociable playing environment and the chance to pick up some valuable tips
- The chance to see all the action as it unfolds via webcam – and to experience the glitzy excitement of Las Vegas wherever you are
Tailor-made solutions from Evolution Gaming
Evolution Gaming's tailor-made solutions are licenced and marketed to some 150 gaming operators, who themselves market these products to their own end users.
Among Evolution Gaming's clients are big names like Poker Stars, 888 Casino, Betway and Jackpotcity Casino. Indeed, the line-up includes most of the Tier 1 providers across Europe, and several land-based casinos.
Dealers are trained via the company’s own Evolution Academy, so they are familiar with everything before they appear before the cameras.
Features of the systems include:
- Real-time game video streams can be used to appear in live casino TV shows and synchronised for mobile devices.
- Licensees can add live promotions and rewards, presented in real-time at live tables, offering prize draws, competitions etc.
- Mobile optimisation is integral to Evolution’s operation. Games available mobile have access on tablets and smartphones across IOS, Android and via browser or native app.
- Finally, one table (or more), or a whole live casino, can be given over to a particular licensee’s branding.
What games are offered?
All the table staples are here – with several roulette variants including Evolution Gaming's dual-play game in which land-based and online players are on the same tables.
Other games provided range from fast, slick blackjack and baccarat to Dragon Tiger, Casino and Texas Hold’em, three-card and Caribbean Stud poker.
Meanwhile, live Dream Catcher is a money wheel game that’s eye-catching, engaging. It, arguably, offers the simplest rules for players to follow of any casino game.
With all games, standard rules are followed.
What do players think?
One reviewer described the Evolution Gaming live dealer casino experience in Latvia as
The most professional I’ve seen online. The dealers are all well-trained and speak English fluently.
The reviewer was especially impressed with the way dealers maintained the pace in games such as Three Card poker, where numerous players can bet on the same hand. Equally, dealers chat to those who are watching, and not just the players, and won’t pester customers for tips.
Evolution continues to push the boundaries of game quality and technology. They are certainly not the only development company working on the live casino experience. However, their focus on this area has seen them grow to be considered the best option for casinos looking for professional-grade living gaming action.
There’s no doubt Evolution Gaming has achieved much in a short period of time and it is set to keep on growing. It serves millions of gamblers worldwide and continues to offer an exciting live gaming experience.