International edition
March 02, 2021

Interview with Todd Haushalter, Chief Product Officer

"In 2020 Evolution will seek to appeal to a broader spectrum of player types than ever before"

"On our stand at ICE, we offered an enticing insight into Evolution’s world and its state-of-the-art studio estate," Mr. Haushalter said.
United Kingdom | 03/13/2020

Todd Haushalter, Chief Product Officer at Evolution Gaming, spoke to Yogonet to share the company's experience at the 2020 edition of ICE in London, which took place last month. Haushalter also provided details on Evolution's plans for this year: "in 2020, we are aiming to carve the next generation of classic casino games and will be introducing brand-new Game Show games to players, never before seen in Live Casino," he explained.

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ould you provide details on the products you unleashed at this year’s edition of ICE London?

We showcased an extensive and ever-growing portfolio of casino classics and Game Show games at ICE 2020, including a wide variety of new and innovative titles. The line-up included 12 amazing new games that once again leveraged the newest technological innovations and Live Casino studio innovations to appeal to a broader spectrum of player types than ever before.

On our stand at ICE, we offered an enticing insight into Evolution’s world and its state-of-the-art studio estate. The 12 new games we showcased were:

Crazy Time – the most fun casino game ever created, and another hugely entertaining game show-style game from Evolution with multiple exciting bonus rounds and massive multipliers.

Mega Ball – a unique lottery and bingo-style ball game, where players make lines to make money and can win over 1,000,000x with the Mega Ball.

Craps – the first-ever live online version of the extremely popular and engaging dice game.

Instant Roulette – the fastest Live Casino game on earth, with multiple synchronized Auto Roulette wheels and unlimited betting time.

Power Blackjack – which offers players the opportunity to triple or quadruple their bet on any two initial cards.

Lightning Baccarat – the latest addition to Evolution’s Lightning range – a classic Baccarat with electrifying multiplier cards.

Speed Blackjack – the fastest Blackjack game yet, with the same rules as regular Blackjack but with no waiting for other players.

Five new First Person games: Craps, Baccarat, Football Studio, Dragon Tiger and Mega Ball – offering popular casino games in superior 3D animation with exciting features and an integrated ‘Go Live’ button that transports players to the Live version of the game.

What are the company's plans for this year in terms of product development?

Evolution’s new games for 2020 will be honoring the classics with unique takes on the traditional casino games players know and love. At the same time, Evolution will be pushing the boundaries and taking Live Casino gaming to the next level by expanding its extremely successful Game Shows category. Focusing on putting entertainment at the heart of its new games, Evolution will be creating even more immersive gaming experiences and enchanting studios to appeal to a wide range of players, not just experienced Live Casino enthusiasts.

In further developing this exciting and very successful new Game Shows category, Evolution is leveraging the newest technological innovations and Live Casino studio innovations to appeal to a broader spectrum of player types than ever before, underlining its position as the Live Casino leader.

Which do you believe will be the main trends in the gaming industry this year?

A key trend, we see is the inclusion of multipliers and bonus rounds in Live Casino games, as it fills games with suspense, excitement, and entertainment. It also offers players an extra chance to win big.

Could you tell us the company’s goals for 2020 as well as plans and strategies that you will develop to keep ahead of competitors?

Over the past year or two, the game development at Evolution has been very much focused on putting entertainment at the heart of our newest games. We constantly review the market and ask ourselves what games our operators’ players are looking for. As is evident in our new games, we are constantly redefining entertainment, to provide players with the absolute best gaming experience within the world’s we are building. This innovation is apparent in the runaway success of our Game Show games category, which MONOPOLY Live, a unique version of our Dream Catcher is part of. MONOPOLY Live is a mix of game show and board game, complete with a live TV-style host, augmented reality, 3D bonus rounds, leveraging some of the most advanced technology and smashed all company records in terms of player numbers and GGR. 

Looking to the future, this year we are focusing on three themes:

1) Focus on classic games and ensure their success for the next generation of players  

2) Expand the live casino audience with new Game Shows 

3) Offer a suite of bonusing tools that will help our partners grow.  

Innovation isn’t just a buzzword at Evolution; it’s a way of life. In 2020, we are aiming to carve the next generation of classic casino games and will be introducing brand-new Game Show games to players, never before seen in Live Casino. This attitude is infectious at Evolution and it drives us ever forward to stay ahead of the competition. 

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