The NetEnt Live Casino was first launched in beta form in early 2013 and comes with just two games Live Blackjack and Live Roulette.
Both can be played on Mobile and Desktop.
Net Entertainment was founded in 1996 by a leading Scandinavian land-based casino company.
They are well known as a developer of online slots more than anything else, although they develop a range of gaming solutions that include table games, video poker, lottery, virtual horse racing, and keno.
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The NetEnt Live Casino studio is located in Malta, which is also home to a number of other Live Casino developers.
The studio has been built with the latest technologies, which allows NetEnt to provide a slightly different solution to their competitors.
Their main USP is the adoption of Green Screen/Chroma Key technologies, which allows them to present tables with different backgrounds and environments without the need for expensive building costs.
This has become NetEnt’s USP, which distinguishes them from other studios where you see lots of physical tables in large dealing rooms.
Other characteristics of the NetEnt Live Casino solution include:
Three live games are currently offered by NetEnt. Blackjack, Baccarat, and Roulette. They all come in a number of different variations.
Each of the games come with the following playing rules.
Blackjack comes in three formats:
Live Baccarat is brought to us on two table types.
All of the games are the same.
This is a game for the masses, not the traditional player that likes something slower, who enjoys the reveal of the cards and maybe even the squeeze.
A good selection of Roadmaps is available – if you can understand them and a set of game statistics which give a more traditional view.
All in all a good version of Baccarat – read my NetEnt Speed Baccarat Review for more detail.
There are several different versions of Live Roulette at NetEnt.
All of the games come with a Racetrack and the ability to save your favourite bets. You can opt to see other players’ chips, but I’d advise against that at busy times, as you won’t be able to see the betting grid!
Automatic Roulette is for players that like a quicker game. It’s a real wheel, but instead of using a dealer compressed air is used to fire the ball into the wheel and a laser is used to read the winning number.
I’m rather surprised that I’m saying this but the mobile live casino is very good indeed.
NetEnt has the ability to create themed tables for promotional purposes.
Quite often Prize draws are offered where players can earn tickets for the draw by just playing at a particular table.
Free spins are also offered so you’ll sometimes find that a table has been themed with a popular slot, like Starburst.
You earn free spins for hitting certain milestones when playing at the table.
It’s a promotional tool and one that NetEnt does particularly well.
Network Branded Casino was launched in 2019 as a general replacement for the innovative Live Beyond Live Product, which MRGreen helped develop.
This new product provides the capability to bring a number of general play tables together to form a fully branded environment for a casino.
No lobby is needed for these tables as moving around is as simple as clicking your mouse on a table.
The attraction is obvious for a licensee allowing them to create a virtual Branded casino for the fraction of the cost of a physically prepared environment.
In fact the concept is so good that MrGreen ditched Live Beyond Live for this more flexible option.
In February 2020 we saw the launch of Netent first set of physical live casino tables in a specially built studio. Holding 6 tables, the area was created to give players and operators a more immersive playing experience.
Roulette, 7 Seat Blackjack and the much improved Blitz Blackjack are presented in a two tiered studio floor, with three “Gold” themed tables at the rear and three “Silver” tables at the front.
Netent has let its Live Casino product slide over the past few years.
It’s something they acknowledged in late 2018 when they worked in collaboration with Mr. Green to create the Live beyond Live lobby.
Personally, I always thought it to be a bit gimmicky, which has sort of been proven by a rather poor uptake of the technology in that form.
However, NetEent started to get serious about Live Casino in early 2019, with the appointment of Andres Rengifo as Head of Live Casino.
Andres has a strong pedigree in Live Casino and has put together a development program to refresh the live casino and breathe life into their USP of the Green Screen technology.
Playing Interfaces have been standardised with a number of additional changes to both Blackjack and Roulette to highlight their strengths.
The new Branded Casino product enhances the offering, which allows operators to brand tables and environments without a huge outlay.
New games are on the horizon (2019/2020) that will see Netent become a more competitive force and a more viable option for players.
I spoke with Andres in October 2019 and wrote this update on the latest changes to NetEnt Live.