Groupe Partouche selects Evolution for Swiss online launch

30 January 2020

France-headquartered land-based casino operator Groupe Partouche has linked up with Evolution Gaming to launch a new online casino service in Switzerland.

Scheduled for launch during the first half of 2020, the Evolution-powered casino will allow customers to play games across mobile, tablet and desktop.

Evolution will provide its live dealer roulette, baccarat and poker variants for the new platform, as well as games such as Lightning Roulette from its Game Shows category.

Partouche currently operates two land-based casinos in Switzerland: the Casino Du Lac Geneva and Casino Crans Montana. It is not yet clear which brand the new online casino will operate under, and each casino is yet to be awarded a licence by the country's gambling regulator, the Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission (ESBK).

“Our concept blends an original combination of games, shows, international catering and events aimed at creating a VIP experience and providing a high level of customer service,” Casino du Lac Meyrin igaming chief executive, Alexander Sosnovski, said.

“Evolution is therefore a strategic partner for us, not only because they are the leader in live casino games, but also because they are developing new and exciting technology for online entertainment.”

Evolution chief commercial officer Sebastian Johannisson added: “The Evolution portfolio fits perfectly with the Partouche Group’s next generation of casino entertainment philosophy. We are confident that their players will love playing our live casino games online just as much as they enjoy visiting Partouche’s land-based casinos in person.”

The announcement comes after Swiss gambling regulator the ESBK this week added another 35 websites to its blacklist of unlicensed operators.

With the latest update, the ESBK list now contains 145 websites, including new additions such as Winorama.com, Magik.casino, Scracthmania.com, Bitstarz.com, Eclipsecasino,com and Goldeneuro.com.

New regulations introduced in January of last year allow the ESBK to issue permits to land-based casinos across the country, while foreign operators are blocked.

Grand Casino Baden, Casino Davos, Grand Casino Luzern and Casino Zürichsee were the first four land-based casinos to secure online gaming licences under the new laws. Licences have also been issued to Grand Casino Kursaal Bern and Casino Interloken.