otoquebec.com will be the second online game site operating out of Evolution’s Live Casino production studio in Vancouver, which opened in 2018. Since February, BCLC (British Columbia Lottery Corporation) has offered Live Casino to British Columbia and Manitoba, with Evolution the only regulated Live Casino provider in Canada.
The studio is now being expanded to meet projected high demand from players in Quebec. Quebec is Canada’s second most populous province after Ontario, and home to more than 8 million predominantly French-speaking people.
In its first move into Live Casino (named Casino en direct in French), lotoquebec.com will offer its players six dedicated tables, five of which will be hosted by French speaking game presenters, as well as four existing tables. The service is expected to go live in January 2019.
Lotoquebec.com’s Live Casino games will all be available on desktop, tablet and smartphone, where the provincial Crown corporation already offers online casino games, poker, sportsbetting, lottery, bingo and XP Games.
Sovanna Phan, Online Product Manager at lotoquebec.com, said: “We’re thrilled to be launching Casino en direct! It’s innovative, and a great addition to what we already offer our customers on lotoquebec.com. It fits hand in glove with our click-and-mortar strategy to engage with customers both online and face-to-face at our casinos.”
Phan added: “We selected Evolution because we wanted a partner with the vision, innovation and capability to deliver localised, convergent solutions that will allow lotoquebec.com to deliver Live Casino in so many ways, to appeal to different players.”
James Stern, Evolution’s Chief Business Officer – America & Land-based, added: “The service we will be providing to lotoquebec.com underlines the flexibility of our Vancouver studio and our vast experience in the provision of Live Casino solutions. Our track record in providing native speaking dealer solutions is a key factor, with lotoquebec.com’s French-speaking presenter tables being a key USP when serving the province’s predominantly French-speaking population.”
The lotoquebec.com signing follows not only the BCLC agreement in Canada, but also a stream of new business wins for Evolution’s recently opened New Jersey production studio. Together these successes underline Evolution’s growing Canadian and American presence and an extension of the company’s dominance outside of its traditional stronghold in Europe.