Many of the great internet bingo sites that we have today all began and can be traced back to five centuries ago. Its roots can be traced back to the popular game Lo Giuoco del Lotto, which in turn came from a known learning game that was played in France, known as Le Lotto.
In Germany during the 19th century, they played Tombola, a very similar game that was used primarily for educational purposes. Bingo as we know it today is played for fun and is a game of chance where you can earn a prize if you’re lucky enough. How time have changed when now you can play internet bingo games for cash and win prizes such as cars, vacations and jewelry .
Back When There Were No Internet Bingo Sites
Even though various variations of the game very popular throughout Europe, it wasn’t until the 20th century that the game was brought to the New World, i.e. the US. A game called beano was played at carnivals throughout the US and due to an initial pronunciation mistake, the name beano was substituted by bingo. A Columbia University professor copyrighted the word bingo in 1930 and the history of modern bingo as we know it today started.
After the Second World War, the popularity of bingo spread even further and from the 1960s onwards, playing bingo become one of the favourite pastime activities for many Brits. There were more than 1,000 bingo halls throughout the UK and during the 1980s, more than 20,000 people were employed by the industry in Britain alone.
By beginning of the 1990s, some suggested that bingo was an old-fashioned game and that its popularity will be diminished soon. Many associated the game with the elderly and claim that the youth of the day will not be playing bingo, even when they grow old. Towards the end of 1990s the first new internet bingo sites appeared .
The Early Days of Internet Bingo
Not many were convinced that internet bingo had a future. Firstly, the internet was still in its infancy, and secondly there was a discrepancy between the typical bingo fans and the audience that was ‘wired’ to the internet back then. Namely, the oldest internet users were in their thirties, whereas your typical bingo player was over 50.
However, things started to change gradually. Young people become more interested in bingo and the number of elderly people who began using the internet was growing by the minute. One of the effects was the decrease in the number of bingo halls, as more and more people were playing at some of the many internet bingo sites.
How Bingo Sites Changed the Industry
Internet bingo sites have their own history and things have changed a lot since the early days of online bingo. After all, 20 years isn’t a short period at all. If you visit an internet bingo site today, especially one of the more popular ones, you will notice that the graphic design is top-notch, and that there are multiple bingo rooms which feature a lot of different bingo games.
Most internet bingo sites now have a mobile version as well and statistics published by the UK Gambling Commission show that in the period between 2013 and 2014 the number of people who play bingo on their mobile phones grew by more than a fifth. And that trend continued in the following years as well. A survey showed that 75% of all bingo players in the UK prefer online bingo as opposed to traditional bingo.