Bingo Networks Guide

Whether you have been playing online bingo for a while, or are new to the game, the chances are you have heard of bingo networks.

Last Updated on August 22, 2020 by Lillian Grey

Bingo networks pool together a larger number of members, across various UK bingo sites. This creates some phenomenal jackpot prizes as a result!

When it comes to those behind bingo networks - software developers make it all possible. You might have heard of some of the titans of such providers - like Cozy Games and Playtech.

In this guide, our team here at BingoSites.net are going to explain what bingo networks are, run through some pros and cons and explain a little bit about the major bingo networks on the scene.

Bingo Networks: Explained

It’s easy to think that signing up to one bingo site means that you are simply playing against other players on that platform. In actual fact, lots of bingo platforms are part of a much wider network.

In essence, there are a number of different bingo websites all connected together, which is great news if you like huge jackpots. Bingo networks are known for having huge prize pools. The prizes are impressive because there is usually a much larger pool of players. As such, each player is simultaneously contributing to the pot with every ticket purchased.

Some networks are extraordinarily large with hundreds of people playing in each and every online bingo room. In other cases, some are much smaller. In contrast, on a smaller network you are playing against fewer people, so as a result the prizes are usually smaller in scale.

It is within the bounds of possibility to create an account on numerous sites within a network. Whilst some players think this is a waste of time, others like to make the most of those welcome bonuses and sign up packages.

It isn’t necessarily the case that all of the bingo sites will be interconnected. There is usually the opportunity (on the better sites at least) of joining an ‘exclusive’ room which is not part of any network.

And for those of you who do want to be part of the network? Well, you can just join a networked room instead.

Bingo Networks Pros and Cons

There are advantages and disadvantages to most things in life. So with that in mind, it’s only fair that we enlighten you on both the pros and the cons of playing via bingo networks.

Pros

At BingoSites.net, we think that the biggest advantage of playing as part of a bingo network is the prizes. The higher the volume of players, the bigger the prizes for those lucky enough to win. So it goes without saying that this is especially the case with the larger networks, as the amount of player traffic can be sizable.

Some of the bigger networks out there are Virtue Fusion Bingo Network and Dragonfish Bingo Network. Both offer jackpots of thousands of pounds. More on those network giants later.

Bingo networks offer a very sociable experience, as normally you would be limited to communicating with however many players are on a particular site. On a bingo network, you are playing with hundreds of other bingo fans at any one time, so there's always someone around to have a natter with.

In fact, the chat rooms on bingo networks are a perfect example of how networks provide that sociable aspect when it comes to online gaming. It's not just small talk, tips and banter either. A lot of platforms offer bonuses and prizes for players who are active in these spaces.

Each to their own though, so if you have no interest in chatting to other players then you don’t have to!

Whilst we are on the subject of positives, it has to be said that offering bingo sites the opportunity to join these networks also means that as a player you have access to a much more diverse selection of games as well as enabling the site to grow.

Cons

Now we come to the disadvantages. It has to be said that playing against a larger number of players lessens your chances of winning.

It goes back to the classic risk vs reward. With a bingo network the odds of winning are lower - but then so is the reward if you strike lucky. As the saying goes “nothing worth having comes easy”.

Whilst bingo platforms which aren’t on a network do offer a higher chance of landing a line or house, your potential winnings will be significantly smaller. It really does depend on your own personal playing strategy or style.

Bingo Networks Pros and Cons

There are advantages and disadvantages to most things in life. So with that in mind, it’s only fair that we enlighten you on both the pros and the cons of playing via bingo networks.

Pros

At BingoSites.net, we think that the biggest advantage of playing as part of a bingo network is the prizes. The higher the volume of players, the bigger the prizes for those lucky enough to win. So it goes without saying that this is especially the case with the larger networks, as the amount of player traffic can be sizable.

Some of the bigger networks out there are Virtue Fusion Bingo Network and Dragonfish Bingo Network. Both offer jackpots of thousands of pounds. More on those network giants later.

Bingo networks offer a very sociable experience, as normally you would be limited to communicating with however many players are on a particular site. On a bingo network, you are playing with hundreds of other bingo fans at any one time, so there's always someone around to have a natter with.

In fact, the chat rooms on bingo networks are a perfect example of how networks provide that sociable aspect when it comes to online gaming. It's not just small talk, tips and banter either. A lot of platforms offer bonuses and prizes for players who are active in these spaces.

Each to their own though, so if you have no interest in chatting to other players then you don’t have to!

Whilst we are on the subject of positives, it has to be said that offering bingo sites the opportunity to join these networks also means that as a player you have access to a much more diverse selection of games as well as enabling the site to grow.

Cons

Now we come to the disadvantages. It has to be said that playing against a larger number of players lessens your chances of winning.

It goes back to the classic risk vs reward. With a bingo network the odds of winning are lower - but then so is the reward if you strike lucky. As the saying goes “nothing worth having comes easy”.

Whilst bingo platforms which aren’t on a network do offer a higher chance of landing a line or house, your potential winnings will be significantly smaller. It really does depend on your own personal playing strategy or style.

The Biggest Names in Bingo Networks

Bingo networks wouldn't be anywhere near as fun to join in with if it wasn't for software providers, nor would the games we play.

When it comes to our experience as online gamers - whether it's bingo, slot machines or table games like blackjack - software developers are like the wizard behind the magic curtain.

Even if you've only been playing online bingo for a short time, you have more than likely played a game created by some of these ever so clever software providers.

Our bingo buffs at BingoSites.net have compiled a comprehensive list of the biggest and most reputable bingo networks today, and some tips on how to join in on the fun.

Virtue Fusion

Started in 1999, Virtue Fusion is a massive network and is affiliated with the software provider Playtech. The network has some hugely popular themed bingo rooms to choose from and a wide selection of games.

The size of the Virtue Fusion network enables it to offer players progressive jackpots as well as humongous prizes. Besides the impressive prizes, it also boasts a variety of different languages and currencies to players all over the world.

We’ve listed below some of the biggest names in online bingo, all of which can be found on this network:

  • Mecca Bingo
  • William Hill Bingo
  • Sun Bingo
  • Betfred Bingo
  • Paddy Power Bingo
  • Bet365 Bingo
  • Gala Bingo
  • Bet Bingo

You get the idea. This bingo network powerhouse is hugely popular amongst bingo players as there is just so much choice on offer.

Gamesys

Founded in 2001, Gamesys software is known for being very adaptable, meaning that each bingo site is able to tailor it to their own tastes. So not every site within the network will look and feel exactly the same.

Although when compared to some of the other bingo networks on the list Gamesys is small, it does have an impressive list of bingo sites within the network. There is a vast amount of promotions, bonuses and jackpots to take advantage of here.

Gamesys network not only offers 90-ball bingo, Royale bingo and 75-ball bingo - but also slot games and other classics, each with variations depending on your personal taste.

Some of the popular bingo brands associated with this network are:

  • Jackpot Joy
  • Virgin Games
  • Star Spins
  • Heart

Joy of Bingo

Another network on our list designed by Dragonfish. This bingo network does differ slightly from some of the others we have discussed so far. This is because the only time that players share sites across the network is at the time of bigger jackpot plays.

Each platform in this network has enough members to be able to manage as a standalone site. Here at BingoSites.net, we think it’s like having the best of both worlds. Incentives and loyalty points are still pooled together and accessible to all players within the network.

As with all networks on our list, Joy of Bingo network is fully covered by the Gambling Commission, so you know it is safe and regulated.

The network offers some great promotions and the minimum deposit required is usually pretty low. Some of the bingo games available on this network are speed bingo, 90-ball, 75-ball and 30-ball bingo.

Just a handful of the brands associated with this bingo network are:

  • Tasty Bingo
  • Wink Bingo
  • Beatle Bingo
  • Bingo Street
  • Redbus Fabulous

Dragonfish

As well as being a successful software developer, Dragonfish Network is part of the expansive 888 holdings Ltd.

This bingo network is utilised by well over 150 bingo sites, and each site which forms part of this network has a massive range of high-quality games.

Just be aware that because Dragonfish are software providers, you might find that some platforms use the software but opt out of being part of the network. In this case, you get the same game quality, but will not be playing on a bingo network.

A few of the popular bingo sites within this network are:

  • Wink Bingo
  • Costa Bingo
  • 888Ladies Bingo
  • Loadsa Bingo
  • Two Fat Ladies

There is such an expansive range of bingo sites using this provider. The chances are, if you have played bingo online then you have already played a game powered by Dragonfish software.

Lucky Duck

This impressive bingo network was created in 2007, is based in Malta and is fully licenced by the Gambling Commission. The platform offers gamification features to enhance each player's experience.

All of the online bingo platforms within this network are powered by Cozy Games software - which is one of the best game providers in the online bingo space. The network is made up of several smaller bingo providers and each offers very attractive first deposit bonuses as well as different bingo variants.

The Lucky Duck network has been known to offer as much as a 400% reward for your first deposit (always check the minimum deposit required).

As well as the somewhat traditional 90-ball bingo, all sites within the network offer 75-ball, as well as 30-ball bingo in its standalone rooms. This network also provides casino games and online slots.

The Lucky Duck Network offers a diverse amount of monthly promos, jackpots and captivating chat spaces.

Arguably the two biggest bingo site brands on this network are:

  • Game Village Bingo
  • Bingo Magix

Real Bingo

Launched in 2007, the Real Bingo network is powered by the software provider Dragonfish. You may notice that the network takes part in some of the same bingo rooms which are in the main Dragonfish network.

There is a vast amount of bingo games available to play and unlike the Dragonfish network - players keep their bonus winnings. The reason for this is that the network operates as a no wagering/no bonus network.

This means that there will be no wagering stipulations. Your withdrawal is instant on the network, but do check your payment method.

Rather than being given the bingo bonuses you might be used to, the Real Bingo network tends to offer players free bingo tickets for particular games. However, all of your winnings will be paid to you in cash.

Popular bingo sites on this network include the following:

  • Lovehearts Bingo
  • Sailor Bingo
  • Sundae Bingo
  • Mecca Bingo
  • Kitty Bingo
  • Unibet Bingo

Live Bingo

This is another one on our list powered by Cozy Games. Launched in 2009, the Live Bingo network is one of the biggest networks in the Cozy Games family; so you can be sure to find plenty of bingo traffic here if you are looking for big prizes.

Much like the other bingo networks we have on our list here at BingoSites.net, the Live Bingo network is really mobile-friendly and works with just about any device.

All sites on the Live Bingo network have generous welcome bonuses and a good selection of bingo variants. On each and every site within the network, you will see the same bingo rooms, chat rooms and promotional offers.

There are around 60 bingo sites launched via this network, so you’re sure to find some great deposit bonuses and a variety of games.

Just a handful of popular bingo sites in this network include:

  • Lucky Ladies Bingo
  • Mr Q Bingo
  • 888 Ladies
  • Betfair Bingo
  • Heart Bingo

Choosing a Bingo Network

By this point, you will be aware that there is a heap of quality bingo networks to choose from. Each of them will be engaging and offer a certain amount of variety.

Whether you decide to join a smaller network or a bigger one - you are likely to find some impressive jackpots and bonuses along the way. Here are a few other things to consider when deciding which bingo network you want to sign up to.

Which Software Provider is Powering the Network?

Some people might just be interested in the amount of traffic on the network or the sign-up package on a site. Many players choose a network based on the software providers powering the games on the platform.

Choosing a bingo network based on which software developer designed the platform isn’t such a bad idea. After all, if you like that particular provider's style, then you know that across the network you won’t be short of games to enjoy.

On a more sensible note, there’s the point of view that by using a bingo network powered by a software giant like Cozy Games (one example of many), you know that you are in safe hands.

The software company and any bingo sites affiliated with it is strictly regulated for fairness. Not to mention the reputation they’ve managed to uphold based on a professional and entertaining bingo experience.

Is the Bingo Network Safe?

Always make sure you choose a bingo network or software provider which is fully licenced and regulated (like the ones we have mentioned). This way, you are guaranteeing that any games within these networks are operating under strict regulation - as well as being tested frequently for game fairness.

Any bingo network which falls under the jurisdiction of the Gambling Commission is strictly regulated and all games are tested by a third-party testing house.

Most bingo sites display the stamp of approval on their website. Each and every game which is created has to go through these rigorous tests.

If you are still unsure about the safety of a platform, you can simply type the company name into the Gambling Commission website for confirmation that it is licenced.

Check Wagering Requirements

It’s important to understand how much you need to wager before you can withdraw any winnings. As you are probably already aware, wagering requirements come in the form of a multiple. You could call it a minimum spend proviso.

Here are a few examples of wagering requirements, made simple:

  • Imagine the platform has a 300% initial deposit bonus and a 4x wagering requirement
  • You make a deposit of £25 and are given the 300% bonus of £75. Your total is now £100
  • The platform might have a wagering requirement for 4x bonus and In this case, you’ll need to wager £400 (£100 x 4) in order for you to withdraw from your account.
  • Now let's say the wagering requirement is for 4x but only the bonus amount is included. You need to wager £300 total before you are able to withdraw (£75 X 4).

Whilst some networks have zero wagering requirements on bonuses, as you can see others may vary.

It’s easy to check the wagering requirements these days. This is because any regulated site has to display this information alongside any promotions on offer. The details of such stipulations will vary between platforms, which is why it's advisable to make a point of informing yourself.

What Payment Options are Available?

Especially if you have a specific payment method in mind, it’s advisable to check the deposit section to make sure it’s available. Whilst most bingo platforms offer the most commonly used payment types, each site may differ slightly.

A lot of bingo players like to use e-wallets due to the fact that the deposit is usually instantaneous. Some online bingo spaces won’t offer welcome packages if your initial deposit was made using an e-wallet such as Skrill. It’s believed to be down to identity verification and bonus abuse prevention.

However, that’s only some, so it’s worth checking first before committing based on a shiny welcome bonus alone.

The most widely offered payment methods include:

  • E-wallets (such as; Neteller, PayPal, and Skrill)
  • Debit card (such as; Visa Debit, Electron, Maestro)
  • Pre-paid card (such as; Paysafecard, Ecocard, Entropay)
  • Wire Transfer (the same as bank transfer)
  • Cryptocurrencies (such as Bitcoin)
  • Mobile Payments

It is important to note that a wire bank transfer has a longer processing time than other methods. So as well as your deposit not going into your bingo account straight away, in some cases, you might even be subjected to a transfer fee.

On a side note; our team at BingoSites.net found that some sites offer advantageous promotions and bonuses especially for players using cryptocurrencies.

Conclusion

In life, one person’s meat is another person’s poison. So whilst some of us like playing bingo via networks amongst the masses for big prizes, others prefer to keep things simple and play on a standard platform.

If you haven’t already, we here at BingoSites.net recommend that you give bingo networks a try. You might find the bigger potential gains a little bit more fun than your bog-standard bingo site flying solo.

Luckily for us, the online gambling industry has a supergroup of bingo nuts all working together to make our gaming adventure as magical as possible.

FAQs

Will I Decrease my Chances of Winning by Using a Bingo Network?
You could say that because you are playing against more members (especially on a large network), so you are lessening your chances of winning. But it’s a case of risk vs reward. On bingo networks, you stand to win a lot more when you do get lucky.

If I Play on a Network is the Jackpot Bigger?
In a word, yes. Even on smaller bingo networks out there the jackpot prizes on offer are considerably more generous. The more members a network has, the bigger the prizes.

What if I Don’t Want to Play on a Bingo Network?
Whilst not all bingo sites have the option, some will allow you to play in an ‘exclusive room’. This is sometimes called an independent room or a stand-alone. In other words, you will be playing against people only from the site you are using.