Nektan Bingo Sites
The bingo at Nektan sites is a new product powered by Pragmatic Play and supplied as a plugin alongside their slot games (many of which appear as mini games inside the bingo lobby). A few Nektan white label operators have decided not to offer bingo but many now have it – and the ones that do, also have a bingo welcome offer that can be claimed instead of the usual Nektan welcome offer.
Who Are Nektan?
Nektan have been a force in online gaming for more than 5 years. The first Nektan casinos to launch – Chomp Casino for example – were designed for mobile phones and only had their own proprietary slot games, but they soon evolved into a casino platform suitable for play on all devices and featuring slot games from a wide range of other providers as well as their own. By spring 2018 there were more than 100 Nektan white label casinos for UK players to choose from. The Nektan approach is to offer a curated selection of the best and most popular games from each provider rather than the entire catalogue so if you try a game you haven’t tried before at a Nektan site, it’s unlikely to be a dud.
Nektan have network welcome offers and promotions but many Nektan operators replace them with home grown ones.
Who are Pragmatic Play?
Pragmatic Play in its current form is a relative newcomer to iGaming. The company was formed in 2015 (it may or may not have a connection with Topgame Technology, some of whose assets it acquired) and was granted a UK licence in April 2017; the same year they won Software Rising Star at the 2017 EGR B2B awards, plus three awards at the Malta iGaming Excellence awards. Well known Pragmatic Play slots include Leprechaun Song, Wolf Gold and Chilli Heat. Pragmatic Play run slot tournaments from time to time with all the admin handled at their end rather than via the casino’s promotions page, making it super easy for players to participate.
The Pragmatic Play Bingo Product
The Pragmatic Play bingo product was first demoed at the giant iGaming trade show ICE London back in February 2018 but it wasn’t until a year later that it went live – and that was a soft launch with just one operator. The delay appears to have been partly due to the length of time it currently takes to get a UKGC licence (or in Pragmatic Play’s case, to extend their licence to cover remote bingo in addition to their other products) and partly due to a desire to ensure that the product was 100% ready and properly tested before going live. In summer 2019 it was finally rolled out across the Nektan network. Because the networking is handled by Pragmatic Play and not by Nektan, there is the possibility for non Nektan side to contribute to the liquidity and at least one does.
The bingo lobby works on all devices and includes rooms with 90 ball, 75 ball, and 80 ball bingo. 30 ball and 50 ball may be added in the future. Each room has chat (at times this is automated) and a selection of Pragmatic Play and other mini games. Unlike bingo platforms such as Dragonfish and Jumpman, Pragmatic Play bingo has fully featured pre-buy and not just for 7 days ahead of time either – you can purchase tickets for up to a month in advance.
As bingo products go, it’s pretty good, but at the moment it doesn’t have as much liquidity as some other platforms (more than Jumpman have in their bingo rooms though). The prizes are still worthwhile, though, and they have already run a series of fun promotions including a weekly £1000 free bingo game in Autumn 2019 and the 12 Days of Christmas jackpot games, with more planned for 2020.