In late 2020, Evolution acquired Net Entertainment, expanding its portfolio with a new type of gaming products (video slots) and getting an access to the North American market, where it has low presence.
Evolution’s masterminds realized that diversification is the key to success, and the company started to develop all kinds of live games variants and modifications. Take roulette, for example. Besides the traditional Live European Roulette with no unusual additions, Evolution released:
- Immersive Roulette, which won a Game of the Year award at EGR 2014 for its unique slow motion replays and excellent HD graphics;
- Lightning Roulette. Apart from a creative, science-fictionesque studio environment, this variant of European roulette offers bonus payouts of 50:1 to 500:1. There are also regional versions with Italian- and Spanish-speaking dealers;
- Double Ball Roulette. This game has two balls in the wheel at the same time and two winning numbers every round.
Other unique live roulette variants include Dual Play Roulette, Instant Roulette, Salon Prive.
Evolution’s blackjack games generally use American rules. Dealer stands on 17, blackjack pays 3:2, and an insurance bet is available when the dealer is dealt an Ace. Tables typically have 7 seats, but with the use of a “Bet Behind” feature, you can make a bet on a fully occupied table, placing your chips on top of other players’ chips. In most of the games, there are side bets available: for example, Free Bet Blackjack offers Any Pair, 21+3, Hot 3 and Bust It side bets with odds up to 250:1. However, its theoretical house edge of 1.55% is relatively high compared to other variations.
Blackjack Party is another unconventional game, hosted by two dealers. They entertain players, tell stories and answer chat questions between hands. Lively atmosphere, charming and relaxed hosts, lots of humor and particularly decent RTP (99,64%) appeal to many players.
Other popular blackjack variations from Evolution are Power Blackjack, Infinite Blackjack и Speed Blackjack.
Many providers only have one or two baccarat versions, but with a dozen of identical tables with different dealers, creating a false sense of diversity. In Evolution’s game library, however, baccarat enthusiasts will find several exciting variations, including Baccarat Squeeze with slow card reveals (which are loved by Asian players) and even more advanced Baccarat Control Squeeze, where players are given an option to squeeze cards themselves. The most hardcore fans will certainly appreciate a multiplayer interface, which allows players to simultaneously bet on all tables without even opening the games.
Another interesting part of Evolution’s gaming portfolio has been so-called ‘game shows’ (the company was the first to introduce this term in the gambling sphere). These include Dream Catcher (a wheel-of-fortune-type game), Monopoly (similar to the previous one, but has some elements from the popular board game with the same name), Lightning Dice (a dice game with special multiplayers and payouts of up to 1000:1) and others.
Live Roulette has a great statistics tool built-in. It stores several hundreds of rounds and can display results of red/black, even/odd and other bet types percentage-wise. By clicking a “?” button, you will open a section with detailed rules and nuances, which can be especially helpful for Blackjack players. Multigaming feature is also loved by gamblers: you click a “Table+” button and choose any Evolution’s game, which then opens in a new window and, if necessary, can minimize into a small icon—and still remain active.
Speaking of Live Roulette, it is also worth mentioning different view modes. There are usually two or three cameras with different angles in a studio, and their focus automatically shifts to a ball whenever it stops spinning.
Evolution is an undisputed leader in developing top-quality live dealer solutions. Their games are broadcasted from the company’s studios in Latvia, Spain, Malta and other countries. Evolution has a huge portfolio of more than 50 original titles and 700 tables, hosted by 3000+ dealers.