Leading provider of live gaming solutions Evolution Gaming announced today it plans on building a new, cutting-edge live casino studio in Canada. The studio is to be located within the Metro Vancouver area of the westernmost province of British Columbia. The announcement marks the further expansion of the live gaming solutions provider as this would be Evolution Gaming’s first live studio located outside the territory of Europe.
The project is to be completed before 2017 draws to an end and will be the eight live casino studio, powered by Evolution Gaming. Members of the company’s governance revealed the new project came as a result of Evolution’s signing an agreement with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), allowing the gaming solutions provider to offer a range of live games and services to players from the Canadian province. Traditional table games are to be streamed in real time via the PlayNow.com website, which is operated by the BCLC.
This is a five-year deal for Evolution Gaming, with the option to renew the agreement at the end of the said period. The studio, which is to spread across 16,000 square feet, aims at providing additional support for the country’s lottery corporations, with each Canadian province having the option to offer both dedicated and shared tables to its residents in the future. Furthermore, the live gaming solutions provider plans on hiring local staff, creating over 170 new jobs in the Vancouver area alone.
When the new studio first opens doors, it will offer as many as ten live tables for traditional casino games, such as baccarat, blackjack, and roulette. What is more, the registered members of BCLC’s PlayNow would be able to enjoy the live dealer offerings throughout the week from the comfort of their surroundings as the live-streamed games will be compatible with both desktop computers and mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.
By embracing the new studio, PlayNow, which is the biggest licensed online gaming operator on Canadian soil, will not only sustain the interest of its existing players, but will also attract a new player-base to its website. The project is also expected to work to the advantage of local residents, especially since the BCLC is a crown operation and the revenue it generates goes towards health care, education, and various initiatives that aim at supporting British Columbia communities.
Martin Carlesund, Chief Executive Officer of Evolution Gaming, described the new project with BCLC as a major leap forward for the live gaming provider as it will further its successful expansion outside the European market. Carlesund also expressed his confidence that Evolution Gaming would be able to deliver a high-quality live casino experience for players residing in other Canadian lottery jurisdictions in the years to follow. In Carlesund’s words, this expansion on the Canadian market would further cement Evolution Gaming’s position as a key B2B live casino solutions provider in the industry.
Monica Bohm, Vice President of BCLC’s eGaming sector, returned Carlesund’s compliment by stating the lottery corporation’s governance is delighted with the opportunity of offering new, cutting-edge products to its player-base while at the same time, supporting local communities across British Columbia.