Evolution Gaming Software

Both Evolution Gaming and Playtech Software are the two biggest gambling software development companies in the spectrum of live online casino games.

Through dedicated studios in many different places of the world, they run live online dealer versions of blackjack, roulette as well as other gambling games for a huge number of online casino platform operators and their avid customers. The large majority of the live online casinos in the industry are utilising either one of these two gambling software developers for their live online gambling games.

History of Playtech Software

Playtech Software has been around in the business much longer than Evolution Gaming. Israeli entrepreneur Teddy Sagi, along with other casino industry experts, founded Playtech Software in the year 1999, in the Estonian city of Tartu.The advent of online casinos had begun to emerge in the decade of the mid-nineties and during this time, Playtech Software expanded along with this nascent new industry, by introducing their own online gambling software that could be used by various operators. Playtech Software was the pioneer of the introduction of live dealer online casino games in 2003, even before Evolution Gaming had even begun their operations. They first started with just blackjack and roulette games for a short period of a few hours on a daily basis, which was later followed by several other games and a much wider coverage.

Ever since developing their casino and live dealer branches, Playtech Software has also included programmes for poker, bingo and sports wagering to their ever diversified gaming portfolio. As the years went by, the gambling behemoth has obtained a variety of other gaming companies, which includes PokerStrategy.com in 2013 and their competitors, Best Gaming Technology in 2016.

Playtech Software has been trading on the London Stock Exchange since the year 2006. The Isle of Men serves as the location for where the company is headquartered. They have over 5,000 employees from over fourteen different nations, which includes the United Kingdom, Germany and Russia.

History of Evolution Gaming

Evolution Gaming was established in Sweden in 2006 by its founders, Fredrik Österberg and Jens Von Bahr. Immediately, the company started to focus primarily on the live online casino gaming industry, which they continue to do to this very day. Ever since signing their first contracts with the online casino operators back in 2007, they have not looked back. The company began their operations in a studio unit based in the Latvian capital Riga, which expanded in size by the year 2009, and was later exchanged for a bigger base of operations. In the following years, they have continued to open up further live studios in the rest of Europe. As of now, there are a total of 3,500 employees working for the company. The one thing that Evolution Gaming is famous for is their capability to innovate, as well as the smoothness and speed of their games which shines among the rest. Besides that, Evolution Gaming has been awarded the Live Casino Supplier of the Year in the eGaming Review (EGR) B2B Awards eight years in a row since the award’s inception in the year 2010.

Main differences between Playtech Software and Evolution Gaming Live Online Casino Games

One of the major things that sets Evolution Gaming apart from Playtech Software is their specialised focus on live casino games. However, at Playtech Software, a portion of their portfolio only covers live casino gaming, which has over 500 titles and also includes ordinary casino games, bingo, poker and sports wagering programmes.

On the other hand, Evolution Gaming is mainly a live casino gaming provider that allows it to have the advantage of focusing more in that section of the industry, and become more innovative with  various different games. Playtech Software is the much larger company of the two, due to their other activities. Playtech Software generated a revenue of more than €708 million in 2016, while in the same year, Evolution Gaming generated €115 million.

The main advantage that Playtech Software has over Evolution Gaming in regards to live casino gaming, is their Asian market presence, where they have live games being broadcasted from their studio in the Philippines. Playtech Software Services work with some established brand online casino operators, that includes Betfair, PaddyPower, Bet365 and William Hill. While Evolution Gaming’s clientele includes Genting, Unibet, BetVictor and also William Hill. However, they also work for many smaller, independent online casino operators.

The Live Casino Studios

Evolution Gaming started with a large studio which houses over 100 tables in the Latvian capital Riga. Over time, they have added live studios in other parts of Europe like Spain, Malta, Belgium, Romania and Georgia. Evolution Gaming’s main bases of operations are located in their studios in Latvia (which is their biggest) and Malta. It is through here that they send out live broadcasts to a variety of customers and players. In Malta, there are more localised tables, with native speakers as dealers and adaptable environments to suit specific countries. This allows Evolution Gaming to offer games that are specific to certain counties, most famously, different versions of the game roulette for the Italian, Swedish or English market.

Coincidentally in February 2017, Playtech Software also established an 8,500 square meter capacity studio in Riga. Besides Riga, Playtech Software has studios in other parts of Europe like, Spain, Belgium, the Philippines and Romania. In this regard, the arrival of even more studios in the future would not come as a surprise by the two companies.

Online casinos tend to have live casino games from either one or the other big software providers. Some will have games from both. For example bet365 live casino is hosting live dealer games by Playtech Software only, 888 live casino is hosting games from Evolution Gaming while William Hill has live casino games from both providers in two different sections.

Live casino games offered from Playtech Software Vs live casino games offered by Evolution Gaming

Both Playtech Software and Evolution Gaming offer eight different live casino games (not including variations on the same game), although they are not exactly the same ones.

Playtech Software’s live casino catalogue includes classic games like blackjack, baccarat, Texas Hold ’em poker and roulette as well as more exotic and modern offerings. These include Unlimited Blackjack and Double Screen Roulette. They also offer Sic Bo, a game specifically popular in Asia. Additionally, Playtech Software also offers Dragon Tiger, Hi Lo and 3 Card Brag. They run localised gaming tables featuring native speakers in languages such as Italian, Spanish and Chinese, akin to Evolution Gaming. 

Evolution Gaming also offers all the famous and popular games like live roulette, blackjack, baccarat and Caribbean stud poker. They also offer live casino games that are poker based like three card poker, Texas hold ’em and even the Evolution Gaming exclusive Ultimate Texas Hold ’em.

Both companies offer their games on all popular devices, including phones and tablets. Both of them also give operators the opportunity to brand games and their environments, making them feel unique to that particular casino.

Special features

When it comes to special features, Evolution Gaming stands out as the winner of the two. Evolution Gaming is continuously adding new innovations and special features, which comes to no surprise that their software has been awarded constantly on multiple occasions.

One special feature offered by Evolution Gaming is the multi-game play, which allows players to play a total of up to four different live casino games at any given time. Another one that was launched in 2016 is the Baccarat Control Squeeze.

For this game, the cards are dealt face down onto a glass plate, and the player is able to slowly reveal the cards by themselves, rather than the dealer. This is Evolution Gaming’s typical innovation that aims at recreating a real world casino experience.

Evolution Gaming offers an interesting feature called Direct Game Launch for the online casino platform operators they collaborate with. This allows the casino operators to market their games above and beyond the live lobby, utilising advertising links that immediately open live games when clicked upon.

Evolution Gaming offers the Red Room and Platinum VIP tables in order to meet the demands of high stakes players. Hundreds or thousands of Euros can be wagered in a single turn on games like blackjack and roulette in a particularly elegant setting. Playtech Software also has a similar high stakes players offering, which is named the Ruby Room.

Both companies have stepped into the new market of land based live casinos, where a studio broadcasting online games is set up within an existing brick-and-mortar casino. This gives casinos more opportunities to connect with clients. It is also a smart solution for online operators in jurisdiction where having a land based location within the territory is mandatory, such as Belgium and Spain. The most impressive example of live casino meeting virtual is Evolution Gaming’s Dual Play Roulette, where casino players and online customers can ‘sit down’ at the same table. 

Hence, after a thorough review of both the live online casino game providers, it is discovered that while Playtech Software has much more games and experience to offer than Evolution Gaming, it comes up short in comparison to Evolution Gaming’s innovation and specialisation.