It’s been about 9 month’s since Evolution announced that it would be opening a Canadian Live Casino Studio.
They teasingly released a few pictures of the inside design and layout a few weeks ago.
About 50 staff are employed with plans to build out and expand the operation to 170 staff and more games.
Full Press Release
Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, today announced that its new state-of-the-art studio in Canada, in the New Westminster area of British Columbia, has gone live.
The new purpose-built Live Casino production complex, Evolution’s eighth studio — and its first outside of Europe — is the result of an agreement to provide Live Casino solutions for BCLC (British Columbia Lottery Corporation).
The vast 16,000 square foot studio is located above the newly developed Anvil Centre alongside the Fraser River and the revitalised, award-winning Westminster Pier Park.
From here Live Casino games and services will be provided initially for BCLC via the corporation’s PlayNow.com website.
The studio has launched with Live Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat games, but with the intention to expand services within this space and roll out Live Casino solutions for operators in other Canadian provinces. These provinces operate non-competitively in Canada’s regulated market, so will be able to share generic Live Casino tables, while also having the option to offer their own dedicated tables.
The new studio has created 50-plus new jobs for local people and is expected to create a total of around 170 new jobs over time as operations expand.
As well as being a first for Evolution in North America, the New Westminster studio is the first Evolution studio to operate with its own dedicated, standalone data centre.
Evolution Group CEO Martin Carlesund commented:
“After months of planning and hard work by Evolution and BCLC staff we are delighted that the new studio is now live and serving online players in British Columbia.
We are also very excited by the future.
BCLC has a strong multi-channel, multi-product offering, now made even stronger with the addition of world-class Evolution-powered Live Casino.
We see this as the initial phase in a long-term partnership with BCLC and other Canadian operators.
There are many more opportunities to enrich the player experience online, including delivering truly convergent solutions such as Dual Play live tables that allow online and land-based play at the same table.”
Monica Bohm, BCLC’s Vice-President, eGaming, said:
“The addition of new and innovative products from Evolution’s Live Casino portfolio for existing and new players to enjoy helps keep BCLC at the forefront of gambling entertainment, while creating local jobs and generating revenue to help fund provincial initiatives in British Columbia.”
Press Release Ends
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?