Evolution lands deal with Switzerland’s Grand Casino Baden

26 June 2019

Live dealer software supplier Evolution Gaming has entered into a content partnership with Grand Casino Baden, one of four Swiss land-based casinos to secure a new online gaming licence in the country.

Under the agreement, Evolution will supply its full suite of live dealer casino games to Jackpots.ch, the igaming website operated by Grand Casino Baden and powered by platform provider Gamanza.

Games such as live dealer roulette, blackjack and baccarat, as well as a range of live poker variants and game show-style titles such as Lightning Roulette will be rolled out on the site.

The site is due to launch next month after new laws that permit online gaming in Switzerland come into effect on July 1.

“Evolution has an excellent record in helping its licensees to launch world-class Live Casino services into regulated markets globally,” Grand Casino Baden’s chief financial officer Marcel Tobler said. “Harnessing Evolution’s Live Casino will undoubtedly help us to consolidate and develop our position as one of Europe’s most highly regarded casinos.”

James Stern, chief business development officer for America and land-based at Evolution, added: “We are very confident that our live games portfolio, including not only casino classics but also game show-style games, will prove to be very popular indeed with the casino’s clientele and will also help to attract further new visitors to the land-based venue.”

Grand Casino Baden was confirmed as one of four igaming licensees by the Swiss National Council earlier this month, alongside Casino Davos (which is part-owned by Grand Casino Baden), Grand Casino Luzern and Casino Zürichsee.

In tandem with the launch of regulated igaming, Switzerland will begin banning unlicensed sites from July 1. Swiss gambling regulator Inter-Cantonal Lotteries and Betting Commission (Comlot) has this week set out plans to introduce a blacklist of operators as part of its efforts to clamp down on unlicensed activities after the new laws come into effect.

Platforms that are accessible in Switzerland but not licensed can be added to the list by the Federal Gaming Board and Comlot. The names of the operators will be published on the blacklist with their domains blocked by a domain name server (DNS) lock.