Experts Predict Bright Future For Internet Bingo

Experts Predict Bright Future For Internet Bingo
Posted on 06 May 2012 Tags: bingo games, bingo players, Boss Media, Facebook gaming, gaming software, Internet Bingo, internet bingo sites, internet gaming, Microgaming, mobile gaming, online casinos In 1996 the first internet bingo sites appeared. The first games were free and offered players prizes such as merchandise and very few games had cash prizes. Players had to submit demographic information to play and the information was used for marketing purposes. IN 2000 the popularity of internet bingo in the UK increased. Online gambling was already popular and online casinos offered players poker, blackjack, roulette and other casino games. Several major gaming software providers emerged including Microgaming, Boss Media and many others. According to industry figures internet bingo player numbers started to grow at a rapid rate in 2006. Many industry experts believe that the rapid growth was a result of a national smoking ban that was imposed in 2007. The ban forced many land based halls out of business and internet bingo player numbers soared during the same period. The industry also expanded into Spain and Scandinavia. In 2006 many internet bingo providers were forced to exit the US market because of the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Bingo operators focused their attention on UK and European markets. Some Gaming analysts say that the industry’s future lies in Europe and the UK. Others say that the recent decision by the US justice department may open the door to the US market for internet bingo operators. Several states plan to offer internet gaming to residents including internet bingo. At the most recent online bingo summit experts told industry leaders that social gaming will dominate industry growth in the near future. In March game developer Zynga launched a popular internet bingo game on Facebook with many social features. The game has already attracted millions of users from around the world. Many experts say that real money gaming is coming to Facebook soon. The technology related to internet bingo is also expanding rapidly. Most UK bingo operators have switched to flash and Java based games that provide players with instant access without any downloads. Mobile bingo has experienced rapid growth and some experts say that mobile gaming will dominate the industry. At the recent bingo summit a player panel indicated that many players are not interested in playing bingo on mobile devices. Unfortunately the ages of the members of the player panel were not revealed and there may be a generation gap where mobile bingo is concerned. The recent shift in bingo demographics indicates that the game is very popular with young players. Today the average bingo player is in the 18 to 35 age bracket. Once the US enters the bingo market the industry is poised for even more growth.

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