Gamesys Bingo Sites
There are only a few Gamesys bingo sites but they have a huge and loyal player base. This is no doubt due to the exclusive Gamesys only slots (such as the ever popular Double Bubble), the amazing player promotions which include a free daily game and very frequent prize draws and the very strong community.
Gamesys have finally released a full mobile bingo offering and upgraded their desktop to HTML5 and this is bound to increase their popularity still further. In early 2018 Gamesys got rid of all wagering requirements from their (still very generous) welcome offers.
Jackpot Joy is a venerable, award winning site offering a great selection of bingo games, slots and instants from Gamesys, together with a never-ending series of excellent promotions. For autumn 2017 the site received a much needed facelift which makes all the games much easier to find and playable on all devices – but this also involved replacing the much loved Queen of Bingo Barbara Windsor as the face of the site with TV funnyman Paddy McGuinness.
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Virgin Games had no bingo on site for more than a year. It was added again in Summer 2019 and now the site has a fresh new look with bingo much to the fore. To receive the bingo offer you must choose it prior to making your first deposit.
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Gamesys Bingo Sites
You might think that because there aren’t that many bingo sites powered by Gamesys, they don’t have much market penetration. But you’d be wrong; some of the sites they power are absolutely huge; as early as 2012, for example, over 4 billion pounds in cash was wagered by Gamesys users.
Gamesys was founded in 2001 by Noel Hayden, and growth has been phenomenal since the launch of Jackpotjoy in 2002. A young and vibrant company, they are known for wacky publicity stunts such as sending a giant rubber ducky down the River Thames.
Gamesys have always been big on the social aspect of gaming and in the years following 2010 this took a bit of a wrong direction. After the success of the social bingo game Bingo Lane, they were the first company to bring cash gaming to Facebook in the form of Bingo and Slots Friendzy (only available to UK users aged 18+) but this was not a success and the app was closed in May 2014. After that they launched further Facebook apps including a free to play version of the most popular games from Jackpot Joy and the freemium MMO Here Be Monsters which could be played via Facebook or on a standalone site . This was all back when lots of people in the industry thought that social gaming was the next big market and the trick was going to be to get all those Candy Crush players into real money bingo or slots.
As we now know, the next big thing wasn’t social gaming at all but mobile bingo, and Gamesys ended up being very late to that particular party. Well after most other UK Bingo sites had a full mobile service, only two of the many bingo rooms at Jackpotjoy were available on mobile and not at all via their mobile app. When the full mobile service finally arrived, though, it was well worth the wait.
Meanwhile, the sale of Jackpotjoy to giant Canadian company Intertain was announced in early 2015. Intertain also owned the Ignite group of bingo sites but these were subsequently sold on. The deal involved Gamesys continuing to manage Jackpotjoy for a further 10 years, but in 2017 a further reorganisation saw Intertain itself become a subsidiary of Jackpotjoy plc, which changed its name the following year to JPJ Group plc. The tale comes full circle with the purchase of Gamesys Limited in 2019 and the renaming of the entire concern as Gamesys Group plc. None of this has really made any difference to players and Gamesys continue to go from strength to strength.
Which sites run on the Gamesys platform?
Jackpot Joy, Heart Bingo, and Virgin Games are some of the older UK-facing ones. Sun Bingo and Fabulous Bingo also used to be Gamesys bingo sites but migrated to Virtue Fusion in August 2016 and another site, Caesar’s Bingo, closed in March 2018. There were also a few sites such as Woman’s Own Bingo that were actually just Jackpot Joy with a different masthead and surround. Gamesys also operate in other jurisdictions including Spain and New Jersey; they are always scrupulously careful to adhere to local gambing regulations.
More recently, Gamesys have launched branded sites such as Rainbow Riches Casino (which despite its name also has bingo).
Exclusive slot games by Gamesys subsidiary Roxor Gaming including the award winning Around the Reels In 80 Wilds
A top selection of other slot games and live casino including gameshows
Super Links networked games with substantial prizes, every half hour apart from late night/early morning
Distinctive promotions, including frequent prize draws that are limited to one entry per player per day
Radical welcome offers with no wagering requirements (all you have to do is play through your deposit).
Free daily games with cash and slot spins to be won over the course of a week
Chat, chat and more chat and not just for bingo either – there’s a slots chat room.
Properly interactive bonus games – e.g. Blox Blitz – in the chat
What’s not so great?
The only slight fly in the ointment is that Gamesys bingo rooms can be extremely busy and don’t have many features such as everyone-wins or 1TG/2TG, so it could take a long time to win anything there.
Many of the slot games that are exclusive to Gamesys sites have attained cult status and none more so than Double Bubble. This iconic slot game, which mixes soap bubbles with a classic fruit machine theme, was first launched back in 2014. Its two bonus features and top payout of 20,000 coins made it hugely popular and now there are a number of sequels:
Double Bubble Jackpot
Double Bubble Triple Jackpot
Double Bubble Megaways (pictured)
Poppin’ Bubbles (scratchcard)
Doubly Bubbly (Double Bubble themed free daily game where you can win cash or free spins for the other games)
Secrets of the Phoenix is another very popular Gamesys exclusive slot and it too comes in regular and Megaways versions.
The future certainly looks bright for Gamesys and in terms of the sheer entertainment on offer, you really can’t beat these sites. More branded casinos, more game development and more expansion to other jurisdictions would be our guess as to what the future holds.
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