- Evolution AB, an online gambling company, will bring 400 jobs to Connecticut.
- Evolution enters CT as a live dealer partner for DraftKings and FanDuel.
- The company is currently soft launching live dealer games, with the final launch scheduled for July 18.
HARTFORD, Conn. – Online gambling appears to be bringing jobs to Connecticut, according to CT Gov. Ned Lamont.
Evolution AB, a company based in Sweden that works as a game provider for online casino websites, has opened an office in Fairfield, CT.
According to Lamont, that office has already hired 140 people, and plans to hire 260 more, for a total of 400 additional jobs in CT.
“Connecticut has proven to be a leader when it comes to the gaming economy going back decades,” Lamont said. ”This expansion allows those who want to participate to continue doing so, responsibly.”
Evolution AB’s interest in Connecticut was generated by the recent addition of live dealer games to Connecticut’s online casinos.
They are currently working with DraftKings and FanDuel as a primary Live Dealer game provider in Connecticut. To this end, they apparently view an office in CT – and the jobs that come with it – as an efficient way of fulfilling their end of their deal with DK and FD.
Evolution’s games are currently in a soft launch, which means that access to them is limited, even on DraftKings and FanDuel.
Currently, the company’s gambling games are scheduled to go fully live to the public of Connecticut on Monday.
There are two catches. First, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection will monitor the games up until the launch date to see if there are any issues or potential rigging going on. If there is not, Evolution will be given the green light to launch.
Second, Evolution is required to operate an in-state gaming facility in addition to offering online games as a prerequisite for their online gaming operations.
Perhaps it is this clause that has pushed them to open an office in CT.