High profile software producer Evolution Gaming, perhaps best known for its live dealer products, is set to enter the South African gaming space following a new regulatory approval.
The firm has gained a new national licence from the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board (WCGRB). The licence enables Evolution to introduce its own gaming products, along with those produced by its subsidiary Ezugi, to all licensed gaming platforms in South Africa. Ezugi, which became part of the Evolution group following a £13.7 million deal in the autumn of 2018, has already been providing games to the South African sector for many years.
The new licence represents a considerable expansion opportunity for Evolution, which also holds licences for Malta, the UK, Belgium, Alderney, Latvia, Romania, Canadian state British Columbia and the US states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Speaking about the new licence, the Group Chief Executive at Evolution, Martin Carlesund, said that the Evolution gaming products would be available across all online devices, as well as through retail premises, and he emphasised that they would be building on the success of Ezugi in the region.
Kfir Kugler, the Chief Executive and founder of Ezugi, also commented on the new licence, and emphasised that this was an exciting market with considerable possibilities:
“There is long-term potential in the regulated South African market to deliver Evolution-powered live dealer games and fixed odds solutions to operators and to bring players the most entertaining live games and live game show games available in the world, alongside exciting new betting products.”
This is also the latest development in what is turning out to be a busy start to 2020 for Evolution. Last week they announced that they would be working with land-based casino company Groupe Partouche to set up a new online casino platform in the Switzerland market, set to launch in the first half of the year.