Bingo in the UK has been a hit with fans for decades. Stretching back all the way to the mid-1900s when Mecca Bingo executive Edwin Lowe revolutionised the then entertainment company and introduced the game of bingo after a trip to the US where the game had started to increase in popularity.
Mecca which was known mainly for its dance halls transformed almost overnight into a bingo company and over the decades the game spread across the UK accumulating millions of fans.
The world wide web then took bingo a step further as online gambling companies realised that there was even more potential to increase their customer base and make it even easier for players.
Bingo, in particular, has become an in-demand game online, especially over the last couple of decades and this has given rise to a significant number of new and improved bingo websites.
There are many for players in the UK to choose from, which not only highlights the impact that the game has had on the market but also provides signs of what the future of bingo could look like.
As technology develops even further, it will no doubt unlock even more opportunities for bingo as well as more innovative ways to play the game.
A spokesperson for BingoSites has indicated the potential that the game has over the next few years, saying: “Thanks to the ever-increasing rate at which technology becomes even more sophisticated, we could definitely see the game move to another level.
“With advancements in virtual reality, for example, this could provide players with an all-new bingo experience which could add even more excitement to the game. There are no doubt many other technologically unexplored avenues that the game could go down in the future as well.”
What could we see next in the UK bingo industry?
There appears to be no signs of the bingo industry slowing down in the UK – even traditional bingo hall numbers were still respectable throughout the last decade, despite online bingo becoming even more popular.
While it is impossible to predict exactly what software developers will come up with next, all previous signs seem to suggest that technology is definitely going to play a big part. One thing that was particularly popular in the online gambling industry was live casino, which combined a player’s online experience with the added feature of having a live dealer for games. This essentially gave players a real-life casino experience from the comfort of their own surroundings. There is no reason why such a feature for the bingo couldn’t help to shape the immediate future at least of the industry as a whole.
New legislation changes will almost certainly play a part in the industry, depending on what they are and this could also have an influence on the future. However, based on the fact that more bingo sites launch every year in the UK suggests that this market will keep on growing in response to the demand.
Some of these new bingo sites have also created even more innovative and unique bingo games to add more differentiation and choice for the player and this is something that is likely to continue.
Gamification in online bingo could even take off, where there becomes even more of a social element in the game for players who enjoy the competition, while we could also see bingo sites that cater to cryptocurrency, in a bid to corner another potential market.
What is for sure though, based on the last few decades, bingo is definitely here to stay and is more likely to increase in popularity than to decline.