‘2020 Live Dealer Games Celebration – A Year of Success’ (Image source: www.pragmaticplay.com)
As 2021 draws to a close, it certainly was not a year to remember as far as our offline lifestyles are concerned, but one that was both amazingly successful and uniquely interesting online leading us to our 2020 ‘Live Dealer Games Celebration’!
We saw a flurry of top live dealer casino games hit the Web, which is always music to our ears, and in this news piece, we are going to celebrate the release of many of those brand-new games by reflecting back on some of the most notable live dealer titles released by the most well-known live casino manufacturers in the business over 2020.
There were over 30 new live dealer games across numerous live casino brands over the course of the year, while sadly we also lost a few as Evolution’s acquisition of NetEnt meant the end for NetEnt’s live dealer studio in Malta and the end of top live dealer titles such as ‘Perfect Blackjack’.
Nonetheless, an aggressive rollout of games from a flurry of live casino manufacturers made up for the loss. Evolution released 12 titles, while we saw new entrant Pragmatic Play roll out 9 new live casino games. This year was also the rise of newcomer BetGamesTV, while Playtech Live, BetConstruct, SA Gaming, and Real Live Dealer Studios also contributed to the massive rise in live dealer titles over 2020 which softens the blow from the disappointment of the regretful loss of NetEnt’s live tables.
Not only did we see plenty of new game releases, but we also saw an avalanche of new deals struck by top live casino manufacturers signing agreements with online casino brand operators and casino platform aggregators. With these new deals, multiple online casinos have extended their live dealer portfolios adding live games from not just one, but multiple live casino platforms. This trend is a reflection of the video slots vertical whereby online casinos offer members slot titles from multiple brands. We are now seeing the live casino scene following the same path, adding diversity to the live table gaming niche sector.
Long may this expansion, success, and introduction of new live tables continue into the foreseeable future. And as with every successive year, 2021 is sure to crack the iGaming scene wide open, especially within the live dealer sector of the industry where we will see the giants battle it out for market dominance. Will Pragmatic Play Live Push Evolution to the edge? Is Playtech Live going to establish itself as another major player? Will BetConstruct and LiveGamesTV become more widespread? Only the future will tell as we move into another exciting year of live dealer gaming!
Below we take a look at the 4 live casino manufacturer brands responsible for the lion’s share of 2020’s live dealer game releases: