No more NetEnt LIVE. Studio shutdown on 1st December
Live dealers and other employees at the NetEnt LIVE studio in Qormi, Malta, were in for a surprise as they were asked to return home and await further information on Tuesday morning.
The Malta-based live studio accounts for the latest NetEnt Live expansion, holding the provider’s newest live blackjack tables, amongst others.
But, as the merger of NetEnt and Evolution proceeds, this studio has now been permanently shut down as a result, with all NetEnt Live games disappearing from online casinos all around the world.
What happened to NetEnt?
On the 24th of June 2020, Evolution (then known under the name Evolution Gaming) announced that they’ve placed an offer of approximately 19.6 billion Swedish Krona to acquire NetEnt AB.
The acquisition also includes Red Tiger, seeing as NetEnt acquired them in September 2019.
Since June, the acquisition has been in process, during which NetEnt continued to deliver their products as normal, while Evolution finalized the streamlining of the brand.
Hundreds of employees risk unemployment
NetEnt is a company of over 1,000 employees based in Malta, Sweden, Gibraltar, Poland, Ukraine, the UK, India, and the USA.
The Malta-based office and studio consist of a large part of the company. According to the Times of Malta, hundreds are now facing the risk of unemployment due to the Qormi studio shutdown.
A spokesperson for Evolution confirmed this, saying that “the people working directly with this product are at risk of redundancy.”
NetEnt games that you’ll no longer find online
However, their RNG-table games remain available for anyone wanting to enjoy European, French, or American roulette in digital format from the provider.
Alternatives to NetEnt’s live selection
Thankfully, NetEnt Live is not the only live casino provider we have had to rely on for our gambling fix. Plenty of real money gambling sites still offer a wide selection of live tables from providers such as Evolution, Ezugi, and Pragmatic Play.