Although Evolution Gaming, Playtech and Microgaming dominate the live dealer landscape at the moment, there are plenty of other providers looking for a slice of this lucrative pie. Established game producers as well as new entrants to the gaming market are all striving to compete with the big boys and many of them are now producing top quality live dealer games with a range and variety to match the best in the business.
Major Live Dealer Software Providers
There are so many live dealer game providers out there apart from the big three, that it is only possible to mention a few names on here. One that jumps off the page immediately is NetEnt, as this is one of the biggest names in online RNG game producing, and their reputation makes them a force to contend with even though the range of games available is somewhat limited right now. Global Gaming Labs have been around for a long time now, and also offer poker games with their software, while Ezugi are close to breaking into the top three with the exceptional quality of their games. Other names to pay attention to are Amaya Gaming, BetConstruct, Extreme Live Gaming, Media Live, Vivo Gaming and Visionary iGaming.
Just about every live casino provider mentioned will offer versions of blackjack and roulette in their portfolios, with baccarat a regular option as well. However there are other games out there including Craps, Sic Bo and Dragon Tiger from the impressive Vivo Gaming, as well as Texas Hold ‘Em from Medialive. Global Gaming offer Casino Hold ‘Em while Ezugi have got live lottery and Keno games on offer to provide an alternative to the more common live table games. BetConstruct have innovate ‘bet on’ games of Poker and Baccarat where players can place additional bets based on every turn of the card, and they also offer live dealer Russian Poker.
A growing number of online casinos are looking further than the biggest live dealer providers in order to provide variation and a mix of games at their sites, with many using games streamed from a mix of different producers. For example Leo Vegas and Mr Green feature games from Extreme and NetEnt, as well as some of the big boys’ live dealer streams as well. Dublinbet and Leo Vegas (again!) also offer live table hosted by Ezugi and Visionary iGaming. Variety is the spice of life, they say, and more online casinos are taking this to heart when it comes to choosing live dealer casino providers.
Pros and Cons
With the exception of NetEnt, a lot of the companies trying to crack the live dealer market suffer from lack of brand recognition compared to the big three providers. However, in many cases that just encourages more innovation and pushing of the live casino envelope as they strive to compete with the bigger and more established companies. With many casinos offering a mix and match of established and up and coming sites, there is plenty of room for more live casino options in the gaming market.
With so many live dealer casinos on the market coming up with new and innovative games, the players are the real winners as they are spoiled for choice when it comes to an immersive live casino experience.