Press Release 4th April 2017
Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, has announced that it is to build a new state-of-the-art Live Casino studio in the Metro Vancouver area of British Columbia, its first outside of Europe.
Expected to launch before the close of 2017, the studio will be Evolution’s eighth and is the result of an agreement to provide Live Casino games and services for BCLC (British Columbia Lottery Corporation).
The five year agreement plus renewal options will see Evolution’s Live Casino offering streamed via BCLC’s PlayNow.com website. However, Evolution’s vast 16,000 sq ft studio will be built with the intention of supporting additional Canadian lottery corporations, with each jurisdiction able to offer both shared and dedicated tables. This studio will, over time, create more than 170 new jobs in the Vancouver area as Evolution looks to recruit operational staff locally.
At launch, BCLC will offer 10 online live tables for blackjack, baccarat, and roulette, bringing the excitement of live dealer gaming to PlayNow.com players on desktop, tablets and smartphones, seven days a week.
BCLC has a strong multi-channel, multi-product offering that includes retail lottery operations, online and mobile gaming, land-based casinos, bingo halls and community gaming centres. As a crown corporation owned by the Province of British Columbia, revenues from BCLC’s operations go towards supporting community initiatives, health care and education in the province of British Columbia. By adding Live Casino to the range of online games already available on PlayNow.com, Canada’s largest regulated online gambling website, BCLC aims to extend the appeal of PlayNow.com to existing customers while also attracting new online players.
Evolution Group CEO Martin Carlesund commented:
“Entering the Canadian market with BCLC signifies a huge breakthrough, outside of our European operations. Through this new partnership we are confident we will deliver the very best Live Casino experience for BCLC players, and an exceptional Live Casino studio facility for BCLC and other Canadian lottery jurisdictions in the future.”
“This latest expansion consolidates Evolution’s position as global leader in the B2B Live Casino market. This delivery further highlights our ability to provide solutions that meet the most stringent requirements of regulated markets.”
Monica Bohm, BCLC’s Vice-President, eGaming, said:
“We are delighted to enter into this agreement with Evolution, to bring the thrill of live, interactive casino gaming to our online players.”
“New and innovative products like Live Casino will help BCLC continue to deliver the very best in gambling entertainment to our players while benefiting communities across British Columbia.”
BCLC offers socially responsible gaming entertainment while generating income to benefit all British Columbians. For more than 31 years, BCLC has delivered more than $19 billion to the B.C. government to support communities, provincial programs and services, charities and major events that have helped shape B.C. Learn more at http://www.bclc.com/.
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?