Virtue Fusion Bingo Sites
Virtue Fusion is one of the biggest online bingo networks, bringing together massive numbers of players from some of the biggest and best known bingo sites in the UK. In 2010, they were bought in a multi-million pound deal by gaming software giant Playtech, with the result that wherever you find Virtue Fusion bingo, you’ll generally also find slots both from Playtech itself and from its Ash Gaming subsidiary and/or a Playtech casino. The bingo platform itself is also slowly being rebranded as part of Playtech One.
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What’s So Great About Virtue Fusion
Huge linked games
Over 60,000 players are active on the Virtue Fusion network every day and at peak times there can be as many as 13,000 players at the same time. This means that the network can run absolutely huge jackpot games several times a day and many players find these irresistible.
This is an area where Virtue Fusion really excels. As well as 75 ball, 80 ball and 90 ball bingo there are a number of special variants, ranging from Rainbow Riches Bingo which is based on 40 ball bingo and also includes three progressive community jackpots and a coin collecting bonus, to Lucky Numbers Bingo which is a standard 90 ball bingo game with an extra lucky numbers side bet. Deal or No Deal Bingo is also a very popular bingo variant in both its 75 ball and its 90 ball form.
It doesn’t stop there as even the regular forms of bingo are very frequently played with an extra twist. Examples of this are Roll On Bingo, where numbers continue to be called after full house until a set number of further (smaller) full house prizes have been won, and Last Chance Saloon, where all losing players who bought the number of tickets required to qualify are given a scratchcard to play for a consolation prize.
With all of these different types of bingo game going on it’s unlikely that players are going to get bored at a Virtue Fusion site.
The size of the Virtue Fusion network means that when a promotion runs across all the sites, the prizes can be really substantial. For instance, the final weekend of every month has a total advertised prize fund of £250,000. Another example of a big money network promotion is the £1 million slots prize draw that has been run a few times now.
An example of a customised promotion is the slot of the week promotion that is found at many Virtue Fusion sites. The way it always works is that you enter a bonus code, play £10 on the slot and get a bonus. Which slot it is, which days the promotion runs on, whether or not the bonus is related to the player’s VIP scheme level and what wagering requirement it comes with vary from site to site as these are the customisable parts of the promotion and the site operators decide on what these options should be (as well as whether to run the promotion at all in the first place).
Another example is the free room for newbies that is commonly found at Virtue Fusion sites; the operator decides when the room should be open, what the prizes should be and how long the new player gets access for. Contrast that with Dragonfish where all new players across the network get access to the network free bingo room with the same rules for all of them.
Further examples of custom promotions include daily scratchcards, reload bonuses and bonus back on losses. These types of promotion are found across the Virtue Fusion network but the details are always fixed by the sites themselves.
Virtue Fusion is the only bingo platform/network that offers such a wealth of customisable promotions and the result is that the Virtue Fusion bingo sites are all different from each other. It is very much NOT the case that once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.
Chat hosting and networking
On networks such as the Live Bingo Network and the Dragonfish Network, when you play in a network bingo room the chat host is the same whichever site you are playing from and you can see the chat from all the other players from other sites on the network.
This is not the case at Virtue Fusion; each site has its own chat and chat hosts, with each chat host typically covering several rooms on the site. That means that the sites have much more of a community feel about them.
Virtue Fusion actually goes one better than that though. The bingo timetable on offer in the networked rooms is the same for every site, but the platform has the capability for several instances of the same type of game to be running (with different numbers called in each instance) meaning that you are competing with players from some other sites on the network but not all of them. The number of players can therefore be kept fairly constant and, of course, the number of players in your instance of the game is always shown.
This matters because the larger the number of players in a bingo game, the higher the variance the game has – i.e. a game with a lot of players has large prizes but a low chance of winning whereas a game with a few players has small prizes but a relatively high chance of winning. It’s natural for bingo players to want to mix it up a bit with the variance and the Virtue Fusion way of offering super busy BingoLinx and other big games running across every single site on the network, moderately busy network games running across fewer sites and quieter games in rooms that are exclusive to one site can cater to that. Players can thus get the best of both worlds.
Progressive jackpot slots
Again due to the size of the network, there are many progressive jackpot slots on offer and some of them have jackpots in the hundreds of thousands or even millions of pounds.
The big Virtue Fusion sites such as bet365 that also offer their players other forms of gambling such as a sportsbook have their own licences, whereas the smaller ones such as Bucky Bingo come under Virtue Fusion (Alderney) Limited’s own licence.
One of Playtech’s current stated objectives is to facilitate seamless play across all channels and devices whether at home, on the move or in a venue. Mobile and tablet bingo has now come to all Virtue Fusion bingo sites and we can expect the mobile version and web version to resemble each other more and more closely, as the web version is migrated from Flash to HTML5 . Omni-channel gaming wallet systems like Coral Connect could also become widespread at Playtech/Virtue Fusion bingo sites. Lastly, there seems to be a recent trend for Virtue Fusion to work with smaller operators as well as with the huge names like Gala and Paddy Power, and this can only mean even more Virtue Fusion bingo site launches and an increase in Virtue Fusion’s dominance of the online bingo world.