I was fortunate to attend the Global Gaming Awards in Las Vegas on the 2nd October 2017.
It’s a yearly celebration put on by Gambling Insider, to identify and reward those that have shown exceptional endeavour in gambling.
The awards cover 12 categories:
Evolution were nominated in the Digital Product category, for the platforms, technology and games that have stood out in the online gaming world in 2017.
They were short listed in the category alongside Alea, BtoBet, Colossus Bets, Hero Gaming, NetEnt, SBTech, Scientific Games, Sightline Payments and UltraPlay.
Evolution entry, Dream Catcher, is their version of a Wheel of Fortune, but with a twist, as there is the ability to gets multipliers on wins up to 7x.
It was released early in 2017 and has proved to be a popular addition to Evolutions portfolio of Live Casino Games.
After collecting the award Evolution’s Chief Product Officer Todd Haushalter said:
“Creating a 24/7 live game show is something completely new, and we believe fresh concepts like this are a must if we want to expand Live Casino to a wider audience.
Attention spans are growing shorter, and the desire to be entertained is greater so we wanted to do something that would be relevant to a YouTube watching audience because in many ways that is our competition for player’s time.
We knew there were many slot, bingo, and other players who we hoped to reach with Dream Catcher, and that’s what we have achieved. Dream Catcher has proved incredibly popular with players. The player counts are truly record-setting for a new product.”
“Dream Catcher is a fun, easy to play game and, of course, it’s live — players can just pick up their smartphone or tablet and get involved in the live action any time they like.
And with the potential for the 2x and 7x multiplier segments on the wheel to keep hitting sequentially, there’s the chance for players to win thousands of times their initial bet, just like in slots.”
I must say that as award ceremonies go this was one of the quickest I’ve ever been to.
It was an hour, start to finish and that included lunch and a chat with a number of people I was introduced to.
I was delighted to see that two Live Casino Operators were represented in the award categories, with Authentic Gaming narrowingly losing out in the Digital Gaming Innovation category.
I bumped into Fred Bjurle, Director of Products at Evolution Gaming, who I met when I visited Evolutions Studios in Riga earlier this year.
He kindly showed me the trophy and posed for a picture with me.
I have tried to be objective and consistent with all my live casino reviews. Hopefully, they will strike a chord with you, but I thought it might be helpful to explain the criteria I use to mark each of the casinos. Hopefully, the categories and explanations make sense.
Playability – What is the overall impression of the casino? Did I have a good time? are the dealers nice and chatty and is everything easy to understand? Does it have a good set of games and is there a comprehensive set of betting options? Are high stakes players taken care of?
Software – What is the software like to use and does it integrate well with the rest of the casino?. Are the images clear and is the video streaming fast? Have they taken more than the default shared tables? Is it available on mobile?
Payment Options – Does the casino have a good variety of payment options? Do they payout quickly and on time?
Security – How good is the reputation of the casino amongst other players? Do they hold a valid gaming license? Are they transparent about the security measures they have in place? Are they regularly audited? Do they publish this information?
Support – Do they have multiple methods for communication with me? Is support available 24×7? Do they have instant chat and are they quick to respond? Are they able to help me immediately? Do they have an online FAQ and self-help library? Are the support people knowledgeable about the product I’m playing?
Bonuses – Do they have bonuses?. How strict are the wagering requirements? Do they offer repeat bonuses?. Do they offer loyalty points and can they be redeemed for cash or playing credits?
After all that, would I play there regularly?