Weekly Live Casino News Roundup #6
This week, our live casino news roundup is dominated by yet another high-profile acquisition – this time it’s Evolution Gaming that have bought up their rival developer Ezugi. Elsewhere in the live casino world, NetEnt have finally found a way for Danish players to join their tables and Authentic Gaming have announced their plan to stream live roulette from a German casino for the first time. Oh, and there’s some top new offers from Royal Panda and Mr. Green too.
An exciting week indeed!
Evolution Gaming Acquires Ezugi
In a shock development, perennial live casino top dog Evolution Gaming has bought out their competitor, Israeli developer Ezugi, for $12 million. The Tel-Aviv based company was only founded in 2012 and has been on the rise since then. Just over a month ago they expanded their market into the legal US states by opening a dedicated Ezugi live casino studio in New Jersey. They’ve also been building studios all over the world in recent years and have been widening their player-base considerably.
Apparently, Ezugi will continue to operate under their own brand name with some autonomy involved. This can only be good for players, as market consolidation can sometimes lead to a reduction in the range of games available. For example, as much as we love Evolution’s titles, some of Ezugi’s live blackjack games have unique and interesting features that we would hate to see disappear after this deal.
Evolution stated in a press release that “the acquisition [of Ezugi] will increase Evolution’s geographic footprint and accelerate growth in key markets. It is expected to add 2-4% to 2019 revenues and be slightly accretive to Evolution earnings per share during 2019.”
Ezugi’s founder and CEO Kfir Kugler had this to say: “Evolution’s superior offering in areas such as streaming quality and speed, user experience, game choice and all-round operational excellence will help bring the Ezugi service to the next level.”
Mr Green’s Christmas Adventure
This week Mr Green announced a somewhat arbitrary 46 Days of Christmas promotional period. But when it gives you an extra few weeks’ worth of prizes – who’s being picky?
A simple promotion to get your head around this one. Anyone with a Mr Green account can spin their personal snow globe (found on your Mr Green home screen) to receive a daily prize. These can be:
- Free spins
- Free cash
- Free Bets
- Gadgets and other physical prizes
Some of the prizes will come with wagering requirements or conditions that must be met before the prize is activated, but not all of them. Will yours?
You have three days to claim your prize after being named a winner. The promotion closes on the 31st of December.
Authentic Gaming Launches Live Roulette Stream from German Casino
More and more live casino developers and online casinos are adding streamed dual-play roulette tables from physical casinos to their repertoire of games. Strangely, not one company has opted for a German casino as of yet. This is about to change though, with a partnership between Bad Homburg Casino in Hesse, and live dealer developer Authentic Gaming.
Situated in one of the wealthiest towns in Germany, the architecturally fantastic Bad Homburg was established in 1841 by Francois Blanc – famous for turning around the fortunes of the legendary Monte Carlo casino in Monaco.
Win a Ferrari 488 GTB, Plus Other Cash Prizes Throughout December, with Royal Panda
It’s cold out in much of Europe this winter, so what could warm you up more than an all expenses trip to the Bahamas courtesy of your Royal Panda Loyalty Points? Well, how about £500 cash, or the purring engine of a shiny new Ferrari?
All of these are up for grabs at Royal Panda this holiday season – simply by accumulating ‘Loyal Panda’ points. For every £20 you wager on live roulette, or £50 on any other live casino game, you’ll bag yourself one point. The prizes on offer are as follows:
- 400 points: £10 casino bonus every Tuesday in December
- 1000 points: £25 bonus every Wednesday
- 4000 points: £50 cash bonus every Friday
- 20,000 points: £500 cash on Christmas Day
From there 100,000 points will net you that Bahamas holiday, 400,000 will bag you a Rolex watch and a cool 10 million points are needed for the brand-new sports car. Better get going if you want to get it in time for Christmas then, eh?
Mr Green to Offer NetEnt Products in Denmark
Live casino developer NetEnt has this week struck a deal with Mr Green that will allow them to extend their product range to the Danish market. Already firm partners, with the Mr Green Live Beyond Live Experience making waves in the live casino sector, the Green gentlemen was the perfect choice for NetEnt when it wanted to move into Denmark.
The full complement of NetEnt’s live casino titles will be available to Danish players, including the aforementioned Live Experience and their Common Draw Blackjack.
“This will complement further our already strong proposition in this region, consolidating further our presence, almost a year after the MrGreen.dk launch in December 2017” said Mr Green CEO Antoine Bonello in a statement. The news caps off a strong 2018 showing for NetEnt, who saw post-tax profits rise 9% in this year.