Evolution & Loto-Québec deepen alliance to unite land-based & online

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Loto-Québec has become the first lottery corporation, as well as the maiden online game site provider, to utilise the Evolution ‘Dual Play’ solutions within the Canadian market.

This has seen the group, which also counts NetEnt, Red Tiger, Big Time Gaming, and Ezugi as part of its stable, launch four live gaming tables, two Dual Play Roulette and two Dual Play Baccarat, that will be  hosted at Loto-Québec’s brick and mortar Casino Montreal

The Evolution offerings look to “embody land-based and online casino convergence” by permitting those at baccarat and roulette tables in the land-based venues and online players to play alongside each other in the same live games.

This latest roll-out follows a prior partnership inked by the two group’s four years ago, as part of a maiden Loto-Québec manoeuvre into the live casino environment. 

This saw the Montreal headquartered firm offering online players six dedicated Evolution tables, including five hosted by French speaking game presenters, in addition to other offerings, all of which were hosted at its Vancouver-based studio.

The Loto-Québec online casino subsequently expanded to include Evolution’s full suite of live tables, streamed live from European studios.  

Jeff Millar, Commercial Director, North America at Evolution commented: “Live casino is the natural bridge between land-based and online, and with Dual Play we have developed a product exclusive to land-based casinos that want to explore their online potential.” 

Earlier this month, Loto-Québec asserted that the group remained “well positioned” after three quarters of the fiscal year, after narrowly meeting or exceeding annual targets due to activities being suspended on December 20.

For the September 28 to December 27 time frame, revenue and net income increased 90 per cent and 70.1 per cent to C$619.85m (2020: C$364.37m) and C$324.66m (2020: C$146.95m), respectively.

For the year-to date, revenue increased 61.9 per cent to C1.7bn (2020: C$1.05bn), with net income securing a 176.9 per cent uptick to C$908.66m (2020: C$328.17m).