Games go through periods of being incredibly popular, and then forgotten like an old teddy bear thrown to the back of the cupboard when you’re given a new one to play with. In other cases, the opposite happens and a traditional game that hasn’t been played for years becomes popular almost overnight because of some kind of enhancement – that’s exactly what has happened with bingo.
The traditional British pastime was popular in the 1980s before declining to the point where halls were closing their doors for good in the 90s and the turn of the millennium because they just weren’t getting the customers anymore. However, thanks to a bit of help from the world wide web, online bingo has become popular and saved the bingo industry…but just how has the Internet influenced people to start playing?
Websites such as bestoffersbingo.co.uk have analysed the various sites that have appeared over the past few years, from the big names like Gala Bingo and Mecca Bingo to those trying to reach similar heights, and have worked out that there are three main factors that make online bingo so popular, going some way to explaining the sudden upturn in fortunes.
The first of which is the ability to play for free with no deposit needed. Everyone likes things that don’t cost them anything, especially if it helps to inject a little fun into their day. Now, the bingo industry is one that is classed as gambling as you have to pay to play and you aim to walk away with more money at the end of it. The same is true online and players are encouraged to deposit a certain amount to play with before they start.
“That’s not free then is it” I hear you saying. You’re right, it’s not, but there are a lot of sites on the web that will give you free money to play with if you deposit a certain amount. For example, Costa Bingo offers players £5 free to play with and a 500% welcome bonus if they sign up, so if they deposit £10 into their account, they have £50 to play.
The next thing that makes it so appealing is the ability to play whenever they want. The bingo halls as we all know them are great, but they involve spending hours in the halls and sometimes you just don’t have the spare time. Thanks to the web and apps on mobile devices, players can log on and play for as long as they like, wherever they are through their smartphones, tablets and laptops; helping them to either kill time or satisfy that craving for a bit of bingo in their day!
Then there is the variety of the games and how entertaining they are. Online bingo, as mentioned, isn’t just marking off numbers on a card, the games are based around bingo – some more loosely than others – so people can play just about anything that entertains them. By ensuring there is something different to what other sites are offering, sites have the ability to stand out from the crowd by offering that X Factor the others are missing, and as long as the games work cleanly and don’t crash every few minutes, they’re onto a winner – especially when the games are themed around a television show (like I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here bingo by show sponsors Iceland Bingo).