A bingo network is when a group of players are brought together from a range of bingo sites working alongside one another to facilitate the operations of a particular game. To be more specific, a bingo network is an agreement made — typically by smaller bingo sites — in order to pool resources, players, and games, with each party contributing towards a final jackpot amount.
What’s great about bingo networks is that they allow less established operators to host grander online bingo games. And in these situations, everyone’s a winner, with the participants enjoying a more enhanced experience, larger jackpot potentials, and more players in a room to engage with.
When you first enter an online bingo room, it may not be obvious that you’re part of a bingo network and that your fellow participants entered the room via a different provider. In fact, it makes very little difference to the game itself, aside from the fact you potentially stand to win a larger jackpot than if your chosen operator hosted the game by themselves. In addition, it’s worth remembering that the people you see within your chosen bingo game room are those participating in the whole network, and not just from your provider.
You’ll find a variety of operators and software facilitating bingo networks, so let’s take a closer look at the ones you’re likely to come across.
One of the better-known bingo software providers, Dragonfish works with over 140 bingo sites in the UK and is renowned for its selection of titles and particularly high quality. Dragonfish was formed as the bingo arm of 888 in 2007 and powers many of the leading bingo sites, such as Wink Bingo, Robin Hood Bingo, and 888ladies. What participants — and bingo providers — particularly love about Dragonfish sites is that they’re always easy to access with no download requirements, meaning they’re perfect for even the newest bingo players around. In July 2022, Dragonfish was acquired outright by the Dublin-based Broadway Gaming.
Standing as one of the largest bingo networks in the world and powering top bingo sites like Lucky Pants Bingo and Mecca Bingo, Virtue Fusion welcomes thousands of bingo players every day and can accept up to 15,000 at any one time. Formerly operating independently, it was acquired by Playtech in 2010 for £29 million. From there, its popularity took off, with the company winning awards such as Best Online Bingo Innovation, Best Supplier, and Best Bingo Software on more than one occasion. With the backing of a giant like Playtech, you know that the gaming variety is going to be vast, meaning there’s something for both the newest and the most established bingo players. Virtue Fusion also hosts a great range of bingo deals and bingo offers, including welcome deposit bonuses that often hit over 100%, so you’re sure to find a promotion that meets your requirements.
As one of the more recent bingo networks to appear, Real Bingo was established in 2017 and runs on Dragonfish software. What’s uniquely specific about Real Bingo is that it claims to be the first bingo network that doesn’t offer traditional bingo offers or bingo deals to its customers. Rather, in place of the usual bonuses, it offers free bingo tokens to everyone who signs up and engages in play following the submission of a specific deposit amount. Being associated with the established Dragonfish network provides Real Bingo with access to the same high standard of bingo rooms and games; its impressive chat facility is a definite advantage, plus, of course, it is fully certified by the UKGC. As part of the Dragonfish network, Real Bingo sites have been operated by Broadway Gaming since July 2022.
Established in 2015, the Gibraltar-based Pragmatic Play powers some of the best online bingo sites in the UK, including SkillonNet’s no wagering bingo site PlayOJO and BetVictor’s Heart Bingo. In October 2022, Pragmatic Play bingo software also went live on Bet365 Bingo. High quality bingo sites need high quality bingo games, and this bingo software provider has plenty of those. Pragmatic Play bingo sites boast a fantastic selection of exclusive bingo games, bingo variants and bingo rooms. Prime examples include the mobile-first Bingo Blast and the completely unique Reels Room Bingo, in which players win slot spins instead of cash.
Having launched in 2010, Jumpman Gaming has built and maintained an incredible selection of customised online casinos and bingo websites. Around 150 gambling sites rely on this Guernsey-based developer to provide an enjoyable experience to their customers, with some of the top names in the network including Bonanza Slots, No Deposit Slots and, of course, online bingo sites like Bingo Clubhouse, Daily Record Bingo and OK! Bingo. In its earlier days, Jumpman Gaming offered proprietary bingo games to its white label partners. However, the bingo sites on the network now feature bingo games developed by Pragmatic Play.