It was quite surreal really.
I ended up spending a very pleasant 40 minutes with Todd Haushalter, Chief Product Officer at Evolution Gaming, Andres Rengifo, Head of NetEnt Live and Kevin Kilminister, Head of Live Casino Innovation at Playtech, discussing the future of live casino.
It was very interesting watching the dynamics as we discussed player experience, the challenges of issues and how players expect so much more these days.
It was refreshing to see 3 competitors interacting and all having the same goal of making live casino the best experience they could.
The future is definitely in good hands.
What’s coming up?
I can reveal that all three have new games in the pipe line.
We should expect to see some launched before the end of the year.
However the major announcements will be kept for the ICE Conference in February 2019.
Evolution plan to reveal 10 new games, while Playtech and NetEnt have important launches of their own.
More details on all to follow.
Regulated US Markets
My current interest is what’s going on in the US and how successful Live Casino has been in New Jersey.
By all Accounts it’s doing well, with Evolution and Ezugi both having a presence there.
A little birdie told me that it won’t be long before we see Playtech live casino games in the state.
It sounds like Pennsylvania is going to be a challenge. Evolution is pioneering there for the moment and announced earlier this year they had obtained a gaming license. They’ve broken ground on the new studio, but it will be a while before it’s completed and online.
I think the other suppliers are standing by to see how it goes. However with a population of more than 12 million, to New Jerseys 8 million, this would seem to be a better option for the live casino providers. taxes are also lower for the live game operators so this reduces the barriers to entry that will affect the RNG Casino operators.
How the rest of the American live casino market will develop is anyone’s guess. But what you can count on, it won’t be straightforward regulation wise.
Did you know?
That a live Casino Provider has to produce games to a rules spec designated by the US State regulator!
The table games played in New Jersey have different rules to the ones that will be played in Pennsylvania.
This means suppliers have to provide a different version of their existing games and get each one approved, tested and signed off for each regulatory body. How complicated can the US make it?
Who else did I meet?
The conference is a great place for meeting new people both in and outside of the industry.
I won’t bore you with a list of who’s who, but here’s a couple of mentions I’d like to make.
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