Traditional Online Is The New Home For Bingo in the UK – Bingo halls have long been on the decline in the UK, with the big bingo companies moving more and more of their games online. Competition from new rivals, particularly in the ‘underground’ bingo sector, has hastened this downturn, with newcomers and online providers appealing more to younger audiences.
Veterans of the bingo hall scene tend to be older players, and often rely on the social nature of the hall-based game. However, online games have gone a long way to replicate this social aspect, with engaging chatrooms and other features. Does this spell the end then, for the British bingo hall?
What’s so great about online bingo?
By replicating the social forum of the bingo hall, online bingo games are now an alternative way to play. You can take part in a variety of games and chat with friends from the comfort of your own home. There is 24-hour availability, useful advice and support and a wide range of free games to try out. Other features make the traditional bingo game more safe and secure, with settings you can adjust to prevent you missing calls and numbers. All of this means that there really is no downside to playing online.
Online bingo also appeals to players who enjoy other online games, such as casino games, and who might fancy trying something new. Sites hosting bingo games might also feature other popular online slots or roulette to keep players entertained. There is always bound to be a game that’s perfect for your skill level, with a free demo for you to try out as many times as you like, as well as more advanced versions for you to try when you get more comfortable.
More and more bingo players are beginning to discover the online game, even in parts of the country where halls remain popular. Salvation for live bingo could come from the underground bingo scene, which has incorporated music, new venues and other entertainment to draw in young people. This has given the movement a potential longevity that could see it overtake the traditional bingo hall in time.
Traditional halls struggle to attract younger customers. They are perceived to be outdated and solely catering to an older crowd. The introduction of touch-pads and interactive screens has done little to change this.
Hall-based bingo is now considered much more limited compared to the expansive online game. You still need to physically shout out to make a call, and it is often comparatively expensive to play the same number of games as you would online. Coupled with this, there is the inconvenience of playing at a certain time in a certain place. This has unfortunately accelerated the decline of live bingo; what was once a highly popular pastime in the UK.
There is a real feeling that hall-based bingo might soon become a thing of the past, as the generation of players who made it popular slowly fades. However, the game remains hugely popular in its underground and online formats and will likely be with us for a long time after the last hall closes.