All online bingo sites use software to present their product, and a software development company creates this, they are the bingo software providers.
The bingo software a site uses will affect the variety of games, the quality of the graphics, the voice of the caller, the range of slot and casino games, indeed, everything that you see and hear on your computer screen.
There next follows a list of the main software providers, along with details on which bingo sites they power. The list is in no particular order, and it should come in handy to any serious bingo player who is looking to learn more about the vast and competitive bingo industry.
Brigend Limited is one of the biggest bingo software providers in the world, although who they are, and who they are owned by, is more like a Russian doll – several layers and companies make up the entire product.
They owe their enormous market dominance to an event that took place in 2007. In this year, a huge gambling company called 888 Holdings launched a business to business division called Dragonfish. In the same year, Cassava Enterprises, who are 888’s operating subsidiary, acquired a company called Globalcom, who were one of the largest bingo software and white label providers.
They combined forces to create their first product: the massively popular and successful 888 Ladies. The software division was renamed Brigend Limited in 2009, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cassava Enterprises, which is owned by 888 Holdings. See what I mean by Russian doll? Brigend is now the power behind three networks: Dragonfish, Joy of Bingo, and Cashcade.
I love relaxing at Bridgend bingo sites – the software is particularly easy on the eye, making long playing-sessions a time of pleasure. Games load quickly, and no download is required. Finding whatever you need takes a second – whether it’s promotional information, the chat room, or making a transaction and withdrawal.
Microgaming have been around on the online gaming scene since 1994. This network is one of the most reputable, having developed proprietary bingo software in house. Sites you may recognise that operate on the Microgaming bingo software are Butler’s Bingo, and 32 Red Bingo.
Cozy Games is a highly reputable, and much-loved bingo software provider. Launched in 2005, they are based on the isle of sunny Cyprus. Their sister company is called Chelbis Co Ltd, and both are regulated by the Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority. This network is becoming increasingly popular, with favourite sites including Bobs Bingo and Little Miss Bingo. In 2011, Cozy Games won an innovation award at the eGaming Review awards. Cozy Games sites entice players with some of the biggest free bonuses in the business. The lovely Little Miss Bingo, for instance, offers £20 free, plus 900% over the course of a player’s first three deposits.
St Minver sprang to life in 2005, but before that, its previous incarnation was St Enedoc. Before Bridgend and Playtech dominated the scene, St Minver was one of the most popular providers. St Minver sites are Gibraltar-licensed, and several top names use this excellent software, including Vernon’s Bingo, which was formerly Littlewood’s Bingo, and Yahoo Bingo. Most sites operating on the St Minver software offer players a free daily scratchcard, and a £1 no deposit bonus.
For almost 50 years, Tombola has produced bingo equipment in the United Kingdom, and United States. If you’ve played at a bingo hall during this time, chances are, you’ve played on a card printed by Tombola. From there, Tombola went on to run their own bingo network, but nowadays, they only provide one bingo room, Tombola Bingo. However, this is still possibly the U.K.’s biggest and most popular site, with over 40 different chat rooms, exclusive games like Hamster Races and Bingo Roulette. Indeed, Tombola one Bingo Operator of the Year award 2012, and this vast site is certainly worth investigating, thanks to a £20 free play bonus when you deposit £10.
If a UK bookmakers operates a bingo division, chances are it will be a Virtue Fusion site. This company has expanded massively since its humble beginnings in 2001, where it had just five employees. In 2010, Virtue Fusion was bought out by leading casino software company Playtech.
Popular sites that operate on the software include Bet 365 Bingo, William Hill, and Ladbrokes. I must say, the Virtue Fusion network is one of my favourites, because sites are linked together, meaning you can battle it out for bigger prizes, with a much larger pool of competing players. The fact that they have so many players makes the games exceptionally exciting, especially when playing 75 ball, 90 ball, and the nailbiting Deal or No Deal game. Virtue Fusion jackpots tend to be higher thanks to the power of this massive network.