Bingo Software Platforms & Networks
Although there are 100s of online bingo sites there's actually not that many software providers or platforms. These are companies that run the heart of a bingo site. This includes managing payment and facilities, adding games and slots, running chat services, looking after customer services and keeping sites online and compliant.
As there are so few platforms it's inevitable that players may get confused when moving site to site - especially when they end up in the same rooms. We believe this confusion will only get enhanced as many networks merge together. For example, the Dragonfish Network used to be distinct from 888 - now the networks overlap considerably with the same games and promotions.
You can find bingo sites by software provider by following the links below.
White Labels & Bingo Networks
Many bingo sites operate as "white labels". This is where company A creates the brand (e.g. Loquax Bingo) and company B (a software provider) manages the backend. Company A just gets players to join their site whilst company B looks after everything else. It's this kind of set up that allows multiple bingo sites to exist.
Multiple sites using the same software are often grouped together to create a network. A network means players from all sites are sometimes playing the same games - known as shared games or network games. This allows sites to offer bigger prizes and jackpots.
Online bingo is currently going through a market readjustment. We are seeing sites close down and networks consolidate. For example 888 who own Dragonfish recently acquired Ignite. Ignite brands like Costa operated on the Dragonfish platform, but were owned by the JPJ Group. We did say it gets confusing. These mergers now blur the lines of what were distinctive networks and software providers.
Despite the ever increasing blurred lines, there are still some sites that operate on proprietary platforms - their own distinct software. The most well known of these is Tombola. They've successfully managed to develop and maintain a platform without the need to expand with new sites. Hoping to follow in their footsteps is the recently launched MrQ. They hope to bring something new to a table that's dominated by the same platforms.
Our above list also omits some other software providers. Bingo Entertainment closed down their UK operations whilst Bede Gaming and Leapfrog no longer work with affiliates. Just to add more confusion Mecca Bingo does use Bede Gaming to manage some of it's backend whilst Leapfrog sites are owned by Daub Alderney!
One of the most well known networks was the Cashcade Network headed up by Foxy Bingo and Cheeky Bingo. These sites operated on their own Dragonfish powered network until 2018. Most of the Cashcade brands were closed down whilst Foxy, Think and Cheeky opened up on the newly owned GVC/Cozy Games platform now known as ElectaWorks. Finally we've rarely featured Parlay Bingo Sites but they still exist.
Which Software? Which Network?
All the software platforms we feature on Loquax are reputable companies licenced by The UK Gambling Commission. But which one is right for you? Back in the old days you could trial many platforms with a no deposit bonus but these days they're limited. Our advice is try a big brand like Gala (Virtue Fusion), Wink (Dragonfish) or Jackpotjoy (Gamesys) and then see what works for you. If you like the Gamesys platform then you have a few other options. If you don't like Dragonfish then that eliminates a lot of sites.
Slot players are pretty well catered for whichever platform you opt for. However bingo players need to consider the variety of rooms, number of players, jackpots and promotions. Jumpman Gaming bingo rooms tend to be quiet but they have good slots. MrQ is new to the scene so it's not going to be as busy as say Gala. Terms such as wagering conditions, withdrawals and deposits need to be considered too. The good news is that there have been significant improvements regarding player terms over the years.
Our tendancy is towards either Gamesys or Virtue Fusion brands. We've always been a big fan of Jackpotjoy and they have an impressive selection of games and promos. Virtue Fusion sites offer players the most variations on the bingo game. In terms of proprietory platforms you can't ignore Tombola - although we're not overly keen - and MrQ is most certainly one to keep an eye on.