Vancouver, B.C., August 17, 2023 – BCLC is excited to announce an agreement with global gaming leader Light & Wonder, Inc., which exclusively licenses BCLC’s intellectual property in its popular, commission-free Ruyi Baccarat™ game to Light & Wonder so that the game can be played in casinos throughout North America.
“BCLC is used to bringing vendors’ games to British Columbia, so to be the organization that’s providing a made-in-house table game to a licensee is a nice change and speaks volumes about our quest to be a leader in the casino industry,” said Dan Beebe, BCLC’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are always seeking out new ways to be an innovator and challenge the status quo, and by partnering with Light & Wonder, a world-class gaming company, we have full confidence that Ruyi Baccarat will grow in popularity across North America.”
BCLC first launched Ruyi Baccarat at B.C. casinos in early 2020, and today it continues to grow in popularity among players, available on both tables and electronic gaming devices.
“Ruyi Baccarat combines time-honored cultural traditions from the origins of baccarat with a more traditional non-commission game play approach to deliver a truly elevated player experience,” said Mike McKiski, Senior Vice President of Global Table Gaming, Light & Wonder. “Partnering with BCLC and being named the exclusive licensee of Ruyi Baccarat reinforces our commitment to ensuring our customers have access to the best games available for their casino floors.”
Ruyi Baccarat is available in 14 B.C. casinos, with plans to bring the game to BCLC’s PlayNow.com in the future. Ruyi Baccarat will be available to Light & Wonder’s players beginning September 9, 2023, pending regulatory approvals.
BCLC, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, is a social purpose company offering lottery, casinos, sports-betting and online gambling, and has proudly conducted and managed responsible gambling entertainment that generates income to benefit British Columbians. Since 1985, more than $28 billion in net income has been delivered to the province to support B.C. communities, provincial programs and services.