Online Bingo Networks
Despite there being hundreds of bingo sites once you start to play regularly and visit a number of different brands you’ll start to notice a lot of similarities. Many use the same software or platform whilst others are running the same promotions. This is because sites band together under a network umbrella.
Networks can confuse bingo players so here’s how we think of them! Imagine a room with a number of different coloured doors. Each door leads to the same room, but on the outside they give the appearance of something different. No matter which door you go through though you’ll still end up in the same room. It’s not as simple as that when it comes to bingo, but it’s a decent approximation.
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Standalone Bingo Rooms
Things get confusing when sites use the same software but operate on different networks or run as a standalone. A standalone is a site – usually one with a massive brand like Foxy – that runs it’s own games. Foxy for example uses the 888/Cassava software and is standalone, however Prize Bingo also uses the same software but is part of the Dragonfish Network (formally Globalcom). Wink Bingo and Costa Bingo also use the same platform but they two run on their own networks.
Some sites will be standalone but then also run network promotions. For example most of Jackpotjoy’s bingo games are exclusive to them, but they will run linked games with Heart and Virgin who use the Gamesys software. The sites also share progressive jackpots on slots. A similar story can be found with Virtue Fusion who power most of the bookmaker sites. Like Gala and Mecca (also Virtue Fusion), a number of the bookies run their own rooms but then share rooms such as Deal Or No Deal!
Why Play At Different Sites?
Here on PennyBingo we’ve tried to break down the networks as best we can, but why play at different versions of the same sites?
Well different brands offer different promotions. For example at time of writing Bgo Bingo are offering £5 free. They use Virtue Fusion as does Ladbrokes, but Ladbrokes only offer new players a deposit bonus. If you’re tempted by no deposit offers then Bgo.com will be worth a look. Similarly if you’re not a fan of Jackpotjoy and see that Sun Bingo have a tempting prize promotion you may opt not to visit because you know the gaming platform is one you’re not keen on.