Did you know that Chit Chat Bingo is under new ownership? Ever wondered what happened to Yahoo Bingo? We caught up with Praharsh, manager of Maxi Affiliates, to bring us all up to speed. Now running on the Dragonfish platform, find out about its switch from the Gtech bingo network to join Bid Bingo and Bingozino. Read on for more including what's to come in the new year.
Q: We hear that the brands are under new ownership, please tell us more about that.
A: It has certainly been an interesting time. The closure of the Gtech Bingo network is both a good and bad thing. Bad in the sense that it has meant movement and hassle for players. Good in that it offers players a better bingo playing environment. We had a long contract with Gtech on other products and as part of the breaking of the contract, we wanted to take over Chit Chat Bingo to add it to our existing brands. We already owned Bid Bingo as well as Bingozino. We took our time before selecting Dragonfish as the new home for our players. We scrutinized every aspect of operations before deciding that not only do Dragonfish offer a superior bingo game experience, they also have the solidity and backup to ensure that players are protected and that their data is safe.
Q: What's the history behind each of the sites? For example, is it true that Bid Bingo was once the old Yahoo Bingo?
A: Each of the bingo sites has an interesting history. Wow - I did not know that anyone other than us would have known about Bid Bingo. Yes - Bid Bingo was originally Yahoo Bingo, BingoZino was originally a part of King.com (Candy Crush Inventors) and called King Bingo then changed to Royal Games and finally moved to Bingozino in recent times. Chit Chat Bingo has always been Chit Chat Bingo - its ownership has changed twice as far as we are aware. When it launched, it was as a part of the group that owned Gala Bingo, then it got taken over by Gtech themselves and was the flagship of the Gtech Bingo network. It was then taken over by us recently.
Q: The welcome bonuses were recently restructured as 3-part bonus bundles. What was the driving force behind the change?
A: The Sign-Up bonus was changed to these 3 offers to ensure that players got offered and are able to experience a little bit of everything. There is a bingo bonus, games bonus and bingo tournament offer. We want players to enjoy themselves when playing with us so it was important to us to build this into the offer. Bingo is the major part of the offer and rightly so, we are after all a bingo room. That being said, who does not enjoy a whirl on the slots - I know I do. So, that part was incorporated along with tickets to a regular bingo jackpot game.
Q: The first deposit is only the beginning so, what's up next for players in terms of bonuses, promotions and rewards?
A: This is possibly the most rewarding part of having a bingo room and one of the reasons for us wanting Chit Chat Bingo, players on our skins are going to be entertained. First up for us in the new year is the opening of an Exclusive Bingo room that will be linked on all 3 bingo sites. In this room we are going to run a load of bingo games with prizes and promotions. We are still debating on what we should call the room? Perhaps that should be a question for LBB players ;) One of the reasons for us selecting the Dragonfish network was the amount of networked bingo games that are on offer. There are many and prizes are good without bingo rooms being over crowded. Expect more of this with unique promotions. Our existing members get offered regular promotions and offers that are not always visible on the site. We like to look after our loyal players, that is important to us and we devote a lot of time to this aspect of things.
Q: Let's talk bingo. What player features are available and what's the average size of the prize pots.
A: Being part of a network means that we have a lot on offer but it also means we must work hard on being unique. We have the same bingo games - 90 ball bingo, 75 ball bingo and High 5 (Swedish) Bingo. Pots are always very decent with not excessive amounts of players in rooms. What is available with us that you will not find anywhere else are the range of promotions that we offer our regular players. This is where we make our mark. We are still very much at the beginning stages of things - being part of a network means you must get into a queue to get certain things in place. We have a lot happening on that front.
Q: The variety of slots is definitely impressive. Do you think bingo and casino players alike are drawn to the sites because of all the major software at their fingertips?
A: We have over 300 slot games from just about every single software on the web. I think that this is amazing. Players get a huge amount of choice of what to play and it is a good thing. Gone are the days where a player had to sign up to multiple places to play favorite games. It can now all be found under a single roof. That is progress. My favorites currently are the NetEnt and Eyecon Slot games.
Q: It seems that the popularity of the Dragonfish platform has just exploded with more and more brands choosing it. What makes your three bingo sites unique? Also, as someone working directly with the provider, what advice do you have for players trying to wade through the sea of online bingo sites available?
A: Dragonfish is a popular choice for the reasons I highlighted earlier. There are challenges though. Working with any company always offers opportunities and you can expect to see many unique factors filtering through on our bingo rooms. We already have the biggest Sign Up offer of any Dragonfish bingo site. We compliment this by doing our own CRM so our existing players are not only reliant on network prizes & promotions, they get offered additional bonuses by our in-house CRM team. In addition to this the upcoming Exclusive Bingo room is going to offer games and prizes seen nowhere else on the network.
Q: Will there be any further software integrations coming up anytime soon?
A: We hope to see further software types integrated. This is down to Dragonfish though and they are always working on adding more games and different software types. I am hoping that they can integrate a few software types and we are discussing this with them.
Q: We hope to see bingo on the rise in 2017. Do the brands have anything special planned for players in the new year?
A: There is a lot planned for the New Year - we are bingo people and are always looking to entertain our players - that is our drive - look out for our Exclusive Bingo room early in the New Year. We will as a matter of course always be offering regular promotions and prizes to players. These will be offers that cannot be found anywhere else, and I look forward to offering Exclusive offers via Latest Bingo Bonuses.
Q: Are there any final thoughts you'd like to leave readers with?
A: Have a fantastic time playing bingo and other games - remember they are for entertainment purposes - don't overdo it. I am a great believer in having fun and sticking to a budget. As it's the Festive Season, I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone safe and healthy holidays.
Author: Glo Wood
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