G2Tech - St Minver - Bingo Network
The St Minver Network used to be one of the most formidible collection of bingo brands. They were in fact the first network to host Gala Bingo!
However, Gala upped sticks and that led to the creation of flagship brand, Chit Chat Bingo. Other sites soon followed including Littlewoods, Castle Bingo, Love Bingo, Butlins, Woolworths, Metro, Yahoo and even Ann Summers.
All sites had the same games, schedules and monthly promotions with only a few making a real effort to offer players something unique each and every month. Free bingo games tended to be limited whilst progressive jackpots run across all the site.
Cheggers Goes Pop
Unfortunately, whilst other networks were on the up, St Minver suffered from a number of losses. Littlewoods (now Vernons) and Virgin Bingo changed platform whilst other brands including our favourite Cheggers Bingo also closed down. The addition of Daily Express Games, Daily Star Games and Bingozino should have been a boost to the group but sadly things didn't work out.
Despite the loss of the heavyweight brands we've always felt that St Minver didn't give players that extra oomph and perhaps it was no surprise in 2015 when the group were taken over by IGT. What was a surprise was IGT's decision to close the bingo product altogether in 2016 and focus on their slot brands.
Brands Live On
The closure of the network hasn't meant the end of many brands though! Whilst sadly Butlins have decided to close their site altogether, others live on via other networks.