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First-Ever Live Casino Hits the Scene in Canada

By: Staff Writer, February 2, 2018

BCLC launches first live casino in Canada thanks to Evolution Gaming

This week, the national government in Canada has approved a gaming license to grant the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) a permission to operate live casino games.

Since Live Casino is extremely popular in European and Asian jurisdictions, it was only a matter of time it will expand in the new markets.

This is the first of its kind offered on a gambling website in Canada, and a part of BCLC’S strategy to enhance the players’ experience.

Historic Moment

Canada’s first regulated live casino products have gone live on BCLC’s PlayNow.com iGaming site. The site currently features ten gaming tables and the games include live baccarat, blackjack, roulette, auto roulette and baccarat eSqueeze by Evolution Gaming.

Live Casino, available across desktop and mobile devices, is currently open only from 10am to 2 am, but the hours can expand really soon if the product proves popular as they expect.

Evolution Gaming scored the 5-year contract with BCLC last April to become the supplier of the province’s first live dealer casino offering. The games are livestreamed from the state-of-the-art 16,000 square-foot space in Wesminster area of British Colombia. This is the Evolution’s eighth live dealer studio, but the first one outside of Europe.

Huge Opportunity for Community

Evolution Gaming estimated that the new Live Casino will provide more than 170 new jobs in the Vancouver area but for now only 50 people have been employed. This number will grow if other provincial gambling monopolies choose to add live casinos to their online offering.

This is just another product in a row for BCLC to expand online gaming services. The provincial monopoly has recently scored another deal with Archiact Interactive to explore “the development of Virtual Reality for the purpose of gaming”.

Under the terms of this deal, players participate in a VR game where they must solve a challenge to escape a room. This product requests further testing and development as well as the approval of the regulator, the Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch.

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