Whilst on the face of it many bingo rooms look as though they operate as simple websites, there is in fact some complicated software running behind the scenes. This software generates the bingo cards, randomly selects the balls that are drawn and keeps track of players winnings. It even allows you to play side games such as slots and scratchcards and chat with your fellow bingo mates.
Many bingo sites license this software from experienced bingo development companies rather than create their own – after all, these companies have been making bingo software for decades and certainly know what’s what.
Using a licensed software also gives the bingo site the option of being part of a network of sites – this is where players are pooled between sites to increase liquidity, resulting in a more active site, more frequent and varied games and, most importantly, bigger prizes.
Not all sites are members of a network, however, and some do choose to operate their own software and run their own games. And whilst this does reduce their potential player base, it gives the site the freedom to do whatever they like – including novel features such as playing bingo with webcams.
Bingo Networks and Software
One of the best networks in the bingo business is Virtue Fusion, operated by iGaming giants Playtech. They offer a range of different bingo games, some massive progressive jackpots, and some pretty nifty features such as multi room bingo – where you can play more than one game at once – and a mobile bingo room compatible with most smartphones and tablets.
Most rooms are networked, although some bingo sites operate exclusive rooms and games. All of the biggest brands use Virtue Fusion as their bingo game supplier and that should tell you all you need to know.
Microgaming – A powerhouse in the online gaming industry, Microgaming produce software for everything from bingo and scratchcards to poker and casino. They offer a solid product with humungous jackpots up for grabs in both bingo and side games. Many of the Microgaming bingo sites are mobile friendly and can be accessed through a browser on your phone or via an app.
Gamesys – Gamesys have some big names in their stable – including Virgin Games, Jackpot Joy and Sun Bingo. Based in London, the company has won many awards including Bingo Operator of the Year (2007) and the EGR Innovation Award. They also hit the headlines in 2009 when a player won a £1.9m bingo jackpot.
B-livegaming – The flagship site running the b-livegaming platform is BingoCams, this was launched in 2009. The software is used for not only clients in the Netherlands but also in Benelux and more recently the UK. b-livegaming boats regarding a pending patent for “Live Win Moments”, this appears to be exclusive with the platform. A key perk to using the b-livegaming is the ability to incorporate face to face, live webcam, chat to engage with players on a much more personal level.
Dragonfish – Dragonfish is part of the 888 company which hosts an extremely large portfolio of sites, including the Dragonfish network. The 888 Holdings company offers players a dynamic and well established platform which is not exclusive to bingo, but has developed a strong reputation in the bingo sector. 888 was founded in 1997 and is currently one of the longest serving software providers in the gaming industry.
Daub – This software is managed by Daub Alderney (formerly Daub Gaming), the original owners behind the two popular bingo sites Wink Bingo and Posh Bingo. The sites were purchased at a later date by 888 Holdings in 2009, the company behind the Dragonfish network. After a long time away from the gaming industry the Daub developers are back with a new gaming platform, looking to kickstart their way back into the industry.
Cozy Games – Cozy Games, or the land of no deposit bonuses as it’s known as Bingo Bookmarks HQ, operate a large network of sites, some wih very strange names. Including Aunty Acid, Vampire Bingoand Viking Winners.
Jumpman Gaming – One of the lesser known bingo software companies is Jumpman Gaming, who operate two separate networks, 15 Network (formed in 2011) and the more recent Wheel Of Slots which first hit our computer screens in 2015.
Independent – Finally if you’re looking for a truly unique bingo experience, check out our list of independently operated sites. These use their own custom software and don’t belong to any networks.
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