Extreme Live Gaming
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Extreme Live Gaming is a fairly small online live dealer casino table game provider with a large and impressive impact and reach. Originally launched in 2013, it was soon acquired by multi-billion dollar industry giant, NOVOMATIC in 2014. In June of 2018, Gibraltar's Pragmatic Play announced that they had completed an acquisition of the company started by Darwyn Palenzuela.
The founder had been in the industry for several years before launching Extreme beginning with a 3-year stint at Ho Gaming as Head of Development beginning in 2003.
The deal followed a series of portfolio integration contracts for Pragmatic Play with major players such as GVC Holdings, Mr Green, The Rank Group, and Lottoland.
Most things remained the same on the players' side of the equation after the sale. One difference the summer saw was branded Novo titles like Dolphin's Roulette, Lucky Lady's Roulette, RA Roulette, and Sizzling Hot Roulette removed from the line-up.
Depending on your location you will find the provider's in-person real-time games at Red Queen, LeoVegas, Mr Green, Energy, NetBet, and many others. Some of these end hosts present different studio content in different geographical regions.
For example, players in different markets may find one or more of the following live dealer feeds at LeoVegas: Authentic Gaming, Evolution, Extreme, Ezugi, LuckyStreak, Net Entertainment, or Portomaso. While Mr Green has historically offered Extreme in the German-language market (outside of Germany) with Evolution, NetEnt, and Authentic Gaming available elsewhere.
Software and Games
Roulette, blackjack, and baccarat are streamed from the company's London studios and directly from a land-based European casino.
Content is delivered in HTML5 for play over the internet on any device including iOS or Android smartphone, tablet, TV, or desktop. No plug-ins or special software or apps are needed as the games play right in your browser.
The company is a business to business, rather than business to customer provider, so the games are only available to play at end hosts - in other words, at online casinos.
While many gaming venues have integrated the software to deliver live streams directly, others simply add the option to their existing platform provider's product. One example is integration with the NYX Open Gaming System (OGS) gaming platform.
The company's defining feature has always been the ability to deliver a personalized gaming experience. Strident training, cutting-edge technology, and a passion for excellence are some of the company's hallmarks. This fits with their original and continuing mission to enhance the quality and value of Live Casino games.
Some important highlights of the software include:
- ⊕ High-quality video and audio
- ⊕ Mobile optimized
- ⊕ VIP tables
- ⊕ Dealer chat
- ⊕ UKGC and MGA licenses
- ⊗ Private tables
- ⊗ Free play option
- ⊗ Access for US players
Innovation and advanced technology
Extreme has broken ground with several improvements to the live dealer experience. Players can see game data as it is generated in real-time with the company's Dynamic Game Access. No more waiting for a table, thinking you have the seat you want, then finding out it's already taken when you launch the icon.
- Seat availability
- Table limits
- Table history
All provided in real-time to the casino's webpage so players can make informed decisions with up to date and accurate information with a glance.
Extreme's Leaderboard fuels competitions and competitive players are strongly attracted to the brand. Now your operator can set up their own tournament structures based on player feedback and back office data. The Leaderboard is updated continuously so you can check your position after the result of any bet.
Extreme Live Box
Another first for Extreme is the full integration of a table feed live from a gaming floor. Players online can bet on the same game, at the same time, as people physically at the table in Gibraltar's Casino Admiral.
The company offers games in the local dialect at gaming sites catering to certain native speakers: English, German, Italian, and Spanish speaking dealers are available at specific tables.
Club Roulette is a dynamic and socially satisfying game which allows players to display an avatar and engage with other players. Elite players will find others of their playing style in the more exclusive clubs.
Golden Ball is a product which can be enhanced by operators for customized tournament play. Players can pick their favorite numbers to spin the ball from after topping the current league of 20 games.
The Game Show Edition allows players to place virtual bets on a physical table and interact with professional presenters with an element of entertainment. Monthly tournaments are available in Game Show Mode.
Auto Roulette offers fast gameplay for VIPs and others who are more interested in the game itself than any of the social aspects of the other roulette offerings.
Players pick their bet limits before joining a table to play the classic game of blackjack, live, any time of the day or night without leaving the comfort of their surroundings - even if they are on a boring public transportation commute or waiting for an appointment somewhere.
The tables have seven seats and players can occupy as many as they like or join an unlimited number of others betting behind a winner on a lucky streak.
Side bets like 21+3 and Perfect Pairs are available when sitting at the table.
- Super 6 Live Baccarat
- Baccarat Squeeze
- Classic Baccarat
Play Macau-style in a 6 card layout. The only strategy required to participate in this game is bankroll management. The house edge is low and all the tools you need to track historic results are available. Roadmaps include Big Road, Small Road, Big Eye Road, and Cockroach Road.
- 8 decks
- Shuffled at random
- Side bets
- Mobile friendly
The Final Analysis
Extreme Live Gaming seems to create a product born of a passion for excellence in innovation. It certainly wasn't one of the first providers online, but the simple fact that a company with the stature of NOVOMATIC chose the software to enter the vertical speaks volumes for the intrinsic quality of the offering.
The history may not repeat, but it rhymes again when we see Pragmatic Play - the world's fastest growing software and game provider - scoop it up for an undisclosed amount a few years later.
Rather than exploding all over the scene with new studios and minor game variations a few times a year like some of the more prolific live dealer game providers, the story seems to be more of an unfolding of progress in making what they have better with each new advancement.
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