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Is Slingo the Next Big Thing in the Evolution of Bingo?

23rd April 2020

Bingo has been a popular pastime for the people of Cornwall for many years, and venues in the county have been offering weekly bingo games for decades. However, brick and mortar locations like the one in Saint Austell are representative of the pastime of years gone by. 

In the 2000s, the UK as a whole began to see a huge shift in the way people play bingo. Times are changing; the game has evolved into something much bigger than just a simple ball-drawing lottery. The internet has transformed bingo, and now it is progressing into something which is worlds beyond what it once was. Slingo is the next stage in this evolution. 

What is Slingo?

Two of the most popular real-money games played on the internet are slots and bingo. So, developers came up with an ingenious idea to combine the two genres. This is how Slingo Bingo came about, aiming to offer the best of both worlds. It is similar to slots in that players have to spin reels. However, on a regular slot machine, the reels would spin in symbols which would sometimes match for a win. In this version, players have to quickly match numbers shown on the reels with those on their bingo card. They have twenty seconds to do this. If they manage to fill in a row, column, or diagonal on their card they get a Slingo and win bonus points. 

The idea for this form of bingo came about in 2016, when it was clear that the modern bingo provider would offer so much more than its predecessors. Research shows that in 2020, bingo players are younger than ever before, with the average age of players being between 25 and 34. But it has also been found that the millennial player wants varied action. For this reason, a common strategy of bingo sites has been to offer a diverse range of games, which often include slots and scratchcards. Marrying the two genres together feels like a natural progression. 

Will This Also Affect Slots?

Slots are known for being open to changes whenever technology or trends dictate it. That is why they have survived for more than one hundred years. For this reason, it wouldn’t be surprising to see brands traditionally associated with slots to experiment with more bingo-focused options. 

Bingo can also be used as a theme for a regular slot game as a way to attract fans of the pastime. A company like NetEnt could be interested in creating this type of slot. This is because the Swedish developer has used an incredible variety of themes over the years. It has made everything from fantasy games like Gonzo’s Quest to music slots based on legends like Jimi Hendrix and Guns N’Roses. 

Because bingo and slots are two types of games that have always moved with the times, this new hybrid way of playing them could spell the next stage in the evolution of both. This could even bring about full-blown combinations of online casinos and bingo sites, which have long offered similar products but have thus far mostly remained separate entities. 


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