2015 was a jam packed year for online and mobile bingo – there have been lots of fantastic new brands, networks and games popping up making it an exciting time for the industry and it looks as if it will be just as exciting in 2016.
Major Developments in Online Bingo
There has been a lot going on including some brand new bingo networks. Notably, Wheel of Slots, which was launched and brought us a completely different welcome package that allows players to claim free spins as opposed to your bog standard bingo bonus. Although it’s only brand new, there are an increasing amount of bingo partners for this network already. Wheel of Slots brands include Lucky Cow Bingo, Bingo Fling, Free Spirit Bingo, Wallis Bingo, Bingo Diaries and Viking Bingo. According to the Wheel of Slots website – there are others coming soon!
It’s actually founded by 15 Network, and if you are a bingo boffin we are sure you will have come across some of their sites before such as Showreel Bingo, Elf Bingo, Clover Bingo and many others.
We have also noticed that there have been a lot of new brands launched on the same network. Ignite Bingo for example who are responsible for Costa Bingo, Sing Bingo etc has been introducing lots of new sites including Season Bingo just before Christmas which was perfect timing, Frozen Bingo, Monkey Bingo, Crocodile Bingo and more.
There has been a lot of focus put on other games as well as bingo. This has caused bingo brands to launch sister sites that are based on slots, instant wins and casino games. There has been the likes of Costa Games, Wink Slots and more thrown into the mix – and all of which so far have proven to be very successful.
What Bingo Players Have Been Getting Bored Of
Since there are so many bingo sites out there these days – bingo brands need to make a big effort to stand out from the crowd. Bingo fans are getting a little tired of the market being too saturated with sites that aren’t paying too much attention to changing the design, introducing new promotions, and just having a replica site but with a different name. To stand the test of time – bingo brands need to work harder at being innovative. No longer is it enough just to launch a new brand and expect players to flock. Circus Bingo is the perfect example. It’s not just another Dragonfish website, it’s a lot more. Read our review to see why.
What Can We Expect Moving Forward?
Bingo fans are extremely well educated in their bingo products. That’s why we see operators having to make much more effort when it comes to the content they are putting out there. Wink Bingo for example have introduced online magazines similar to Foxy in a bit to engage players as opposed to just feed them promotional stuff.
This means that there will be more focus placed on the online community as a whole – and there will be more reasons for players to visit certain sites.
On a lot of sites you will see the likes of incentives to get you to “like” their brand on Facebook, and you will find that they give out exclusive bonuses, and host special competitions where you can win tangible prizes. You can definitely expect more of this in 2016, and we are sure that the prizes will be getting bigger and better. Social media is important in any industry these days, but there’s no doubt that with the community aspect of the world of bingo – this is a good way to go.
We are also sure that there will be many more games developed. Jumpman Gaming for example created their very own form of bingo which is Video Bingo and can only be found on their sites. This game is a hybrid of slots and bingo which means that players can get the best of both worlds. It’s an example of the innovation you can look forward to.
A massive amount of slot games have also been introduced, and the exciting part about this is that they are being more inventive with the features and are based on some big titles! This includes the introduction of The Family Guy slot game, and Guns’ n Roses. There are many more where that came from – in fact we can expect that there will be regularly updated gaming portfolios on a continual basis with slots just like that. The animations and graphics have never been as impressive, and this will only improve through time.
Another thing that we can expect coming into 2016 – is a larger focus on alternative payment methods. Sites that only offer traditional methods such as credit and debit cards will fall behind others that are allowing users to transfer funds using the likes of PayPal, Neteller, and others. Paysafecard has taken over Ukash, and we have seen this pop up on a lot of operators. There is also Biitcoin to think of. This crypto currency has rolled out on a lot of casino’s – so we are sure it won’t be long before we see it on lots of bingo sites too. You will definitely want to look out for operators introducing more of those if you would rather not deposit using the likes of Visa, Maestro, MasterCard, Solo or Switch.
To sum up there have been lots of new bingo sites that have graced our search engines in 2015 – more than we can count! There is no doubt that 2016 will bring us much more, as well as other exciting developments.