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How One Company Transformed the B2B Live Casino Industry

How One Company Transformed the B2B Live Casino Industry

It’s hard to believe but online casino gambling was first introduced in the mid to late 1990s. At the time, online casinos offered little more than a few fruit slots and some popular table games like baccarat, blackjack, and roulette. During this time, software developers like Microgaming, Playtech, and Netent (Net Entertainment) had material control over the entire online casino gambling community.

As one might have anticipated, technology would soon exert its influence over the community. The first sign of things to come came in 2003. That’s when Playtech took its first stab at creating “live casino” games. That first effort came in the form of live dealer baccarat. Unfortunately, slow internet connectivity doomed the live casino concept from the get-go.

Not deterred, Playtech and other developers like Microgaming kept forging ahead. In 2006, it became clear that live casino (live dealer) gambling would be part of the future for online gambling enthusiasts.

The Evolution Gaming Revolution Begins

While Playtech and Microgaming were slowly looking at creating live casino games, they could not afford to get away from their core businesses. Their respective corporate directives were to create online casino platforms that could be populated with hundreds of online slots and table games. While they were obviously successful in doing just that, it was the live casino concept that they had to put on the back burner. Enter Evolution Gaming.

In 2006, Evolution Gaming was founded in Sweden by Richard Hadida, Jens von Bahr, and Fredrik Osterberg. Unlike other top online casino software developers, Evolution Gaming existed for one sole purpose, the development of live casino (live dealer) games.

In their first few years of business, Evolution Gaming struggled to get past the same connectivity issues that plagued Playtech in 2003. However, they had a solitary vision for the future, a future when online casino players would be able to go head-to-head with live dealers and croupiers on the way to potential gambling riches.

The Big Breakthrough

As mobile device technology improved, it became clear within the online casino gambling community that mobile gambling was the path to the future. In 2012, Evolution Gaming has its first big breakthrough with the introduction of its first mobile live casino platform.

At the time, the company was running two or three live-streaming studios, which were offering basic live dealer games like baccarat, blackjack, and roulette. While the mobile live casino gaming experience was a bit crude, it still caught the attention of online casino enthusiasts throughout Europe. The interest was there because players realized the live casino experience would improve as mobile technology improved.

As the popularity of online live casino gambling grew, Evolution Gaming started opening streaming studios in countries like Riga, Spain, Malta, and Belgium. Eventually, they would add studios in Sweden, Romania, Latvia, and even the U.S. (Pennsylvania & New Jersey).

At each step along the way, Evolution Gaming has been able to improve its streaming capabilities and game-play quality. They also ventured into the development of proprietary table games that the online casino gambling community had not yet experienced. More on that below.

Today, Evolution Gaming has a firm hold on the live casino/dealer space. The recent purchases of competitors Netent and Ezugi insured the company would be the world’s go-to live casino platform developer well into the future. In fact, Netent is well-known for their online slot games which can be played on websites like

The Games

At the end of the day, online casino software developers have one directive. That would be to create the best online casino games possible, be they traditional online casino games or the live casino variety. It’s clear that Evolution Gaming is doing its part to help grow the games library of any online casino that contracts for the developer’s games.

What is so unique about Evolution Gaming is the company’s ability to think outside-of-the-box. Of course, they offer all of the traditional casino table game fare. That includes multiple versions of standard games like blackjack, roulette, and baccarat. Very recently, they have started streaming live casino options for popular games like craps, Sic Bo, Dragon/Tiger, and Texas Hold’em.

Still, it’s the creation of truly innovative live casino games that have made Evolution Gaming a big big player within the online gambling community. Here is a list of not-so-common live casino games that Evolution includes in its platform offering:

  • Crazy Time and Funky Time (Wheel of Fortune variations)
  • Monopoly variations
  • Dream Catcher
  • Mega Ball
  • Deal or No Deal
  • Football Studio
  • Crazy Dice Flip
  • and more

Current estimates put the Evolution games library at over 700 different live dealer games across eight (8) robust live casinos.

While online casino players will always enjoy standard online casino table games, Evolution Gaming has successfully given them quality live casino alternatives. More of the same can be expected in the future.

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