History of online gambling
How it started?
In June 2020, it was Evolution that made headlines in the igaming space when rumours began to emerge that they were planning to acquire hugely popular Stockholm-based games developer NetEnt.
In December of the same year, Evolution Gaming completed that acquisition, acquiring a 96.8% stake in NetEnt for around $2.3 billion, making it the largest global gaming provider.
2020 was a record year for Evolution Gaming. The acquisition of NetEnt, which is now fully integrated with Evolution as one giant corporate entity, is paying huge dividends. In six months, their stock ($EVO), listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, rose from $72 to $122 per share, making it the 13th largest Swedish company.
In 2017, Evolution started a new venture and launched their experiment with game show games. They aimed to combine traditional casino tables with cash wheels, similar to the world-famous telecourses, offering a novel and immersive gaming experience.
The journey began with Dream Catcher in 2017. It is a money wheel game operated by a presenter in a suit that has found its niche. Mega Ball, Monopoly Live and the Lightning series followed. According to some statistics, Lightning roulette is the fifth most popular gambling game in the online gambling sphere. This includes slots.
In 2019, the company landed a deal with Endemol Shine Group to launch a gambling version of the popular Deal or No Deal teleserye. It is a multi-layered product that combines the gameplay of the TV show with RNG-based qualifying rounds.
At the ICE London Expo in February 2020, the Evolution team first unveiled its most ambitious project yet – Crazy Time, an enhanced version of the famous Big Six game.
It boasts Alice in Wonderland-inspired visuals and can provide a maximum win of x25,000 of your stake. It is by far the most expensive game in online gaming history, and Evolution is the only company with deep enough pockets to run it every day. It hit online casinos everywhere in July 2020 and proved to be a huge hit.
Where to play Evolution Gaming live games
If you live in North America, you can only enjoy Evolution products if you are in the states of New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Only US casinos licensed by the DGE and Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board can offer them to US players. However, if you live in the US and choose to play on offshore sites, you will only have access to live tables from Fresh Deck Studios and Visionary iGaming.
Those in the rest of the world can enjoy Evolution games on gambling sites that are regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority or one of the four Curacao master licence holders. However, specific jurisdictions such as South Africa, the UK, Sweden and Italy only allow the Evolution live experience on sites that are regulated by those countries’ gambling commissions.
If you enjoy using digital currency, know that you can find tables from this company at many popular cryptocurrency casinos. Such platforms have usually received permission to operate from the holders of the master license of Curacao eGaming or Antillephone NV. As such, they carry most of the products from Evolution’s gaming catalogue.