- British Columbia to see first Evolution Gaming setup outside Europe
- Service to be offered to other Canadian casino operations
Provider of live casino games, Evolution Gaming has reached an agreement with British Columbia’s lottery corporation that will see the launch of the company’s first live casino studio outside Europe.
The Canadian studio will be based in Vancouver and eventually employ more than 170 people in a five-year renewable deal between Evolution Gaming and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), which oversees lotteries and other gaming in the province.
Evolution Gaming’s Live Casino studios offer an experience that straddles the divide between virtual and real casino play. The business currently has seven studios that broadcast a live casino experience – billed by Evolution as ‘as real as it gets’ – using real croupiers, over the web to online players.
It means that players get the ease of playing their favourite casino games online, at any time, from wherever they are, but still get the experience and personal contact that a real casino offers.
British Columbia initiative for Canada
BCLC, which is owned by the Province of British Columbia, already has a wide-ranging casino offering, with both online and bricks-and-mortar setups and the BCLC’s latest annual report showed that the online segment was shown to be the fastest-growing.
As well as community gaming centers, bingo halls, casinos and, of course, the lottery operation, BCLC offers online and mobile gaming through its PlayNow.com website. But the current initiative with Evolution has expectations wider than simply serving players in British Columbia.
The studio will in time be capable of providing casino services to other Canadian lottery authorities that can then host either dedicated or shared tables through their own online portals.
In Canada, the Atlantic provinces of Manitoba, Quebec and Ontario currently have similar government-owned monopoly gaming operations, so there would appear to be scope for such expansion. The profits from these crown corporations support health care, education and community initiatives throughout each province.
Fans of online and live casino play in Canada will certainly be celebrating this news as, when it comes to live casino games, there’s no doubting Evolution’s credentials. And it comes at a good time too; PlayNow.com was the fastest growing segment of BCLC’s business in its most recent report so the demand for further online casino services is certainly there. Whether this opens up further inroads into the continent for Evolution is something that we wait to find out.
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