Dragonfish software is used by a variety of different gaming sites and not just the bingo sites. Dragonfish software also powers other casino and poker sites. Along with the software comes total licensing which comes courtesy of Cassava, which used to be exclusive for UK players.
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Who are Dragonfish?
A component of 888 Holdings, Dragonfish is a B2B operation, which stands for business to business, known for providing gaming services online. The role of Dragonfish is to supply a software platform which is used by gaming sites that are owned by 888 Holdings and also to websites that are owned by a 3rd party, of which there is a high number.
The Dragonfish Network and The Dragonfish Platform
For anyone who currently plays bingo in an online capacity, regardless of whether you know it or not, the Dragonfish platform will be very familiar because it is used on a large amount of bingo websites. This is excellent for Dragonfish because it gives users a sense of being at home, no matter what website they sign up for. Users will be able to confidently navigate the site and purchase bingo cards because they will already know their way around the platform.
All of the bingo websites which use use the Dragonfish software fall under this Dragonfish network, these website have a multitude of features such as:
- Loyalty schemes
- A variety of bingo rooms
All of these things are shared across the entire network and so should be looked for if users wish to take part in games like the Big 10k which is a monthly bingo game available on the Dragonfish network.
Are the Dragonfish Network and the Dragonfish Platform the same thing?
In short, the answer to this question is no, so what is the difference? It can be a little confusing to understand the difference between the Dragonfish Platform and the Dragonfish Network, one of the main reasons for this is that not every one of the bingo websites which use Dragonfish software belong to the Dragonfish network. Some of these, rather famous names, include Costa bingo. There are, in fact complete other networks which use the Dragonfish software but stand apart from the network, a good example of this is the Netboost network on which you can find such websites as Ted Bingo and Moon Bingo.
There are advantages to not being a part of the main network, and some of these are as follows;
- Bespoke bingo room – Not being on the Dragonfish network means the bingo site has freedom to create its own bingo rooms
- Promotions & Offers – A bingo site that isn’t on the network can run its own bespoke promotions and offers.
It’s still worth noting that any Dragonfish bingo site can still take part in any of the UK managed 888 rooms that run on other bingo sites should they wish to do so.
The final point is a good example since it has been done on quite a few occasions, most notably in 2015 and 2016 when there were a variety of huge £200k jackpot games in operation. Due to the success of this, in August 2016 there was a new 90 ball room created by 888 which became available across multiple networks, websites included in this were 888 Ladies, Gossip Bingo and Costa Bingo. It has become pretty common for jackpot bingo games to now be shared across many networks.
In a nutshell, the Dragonfish software is what a website uses to run but the network is made up of website which use the software, keeping this in mind, not all website who use the software are part of the network.
The Real Bingo Network
Now, just to make matters even more confusing, let’s add another network. In the summer of 2017, a second network was announced by Dragonfish which was to be named The Real Bingo Network. This network came to be in the months after the release of the very first site on the network – Blighty Bingo!
The Real Bingo network differed slightly in that it is mobile/HTML5 only and has some things in common with Dragonfish such as having many of the same rooms as the original network. However, the main feature and perhaps attraction of this new network is that there are no bingo bonuses and as a result of this, no wagering requirements. Instead the network would give out free bingo tickets and free spins.
Is this just a Dragonfish guise?
In years gone by there were huge amounts of well known websites on the Dragonfish network, but they were all as good as identical to one another and only featured chat areas, bingo rooms which were on the network and promotions. There were not many differences that you could see between these websites other than:
- The homepage design
- The bingo lobby colour
- The name of the website
On top of this, there was not a true incentive to sign up other than getting a welcome bonus. Today, there are many more exciting features when joining a bingo site and so it is difficult to wrap your head around why anybody would have wanted to have signed up to any of these identical websites of the past. Nowadays, we can get excited about what a bingo site has to offer, just take a look at some of the following points.
- Room such as the Freezer room at Iceland Bingo give users an exclusive room and access to exclusive games.
- The addition of exclusive promotions such as leaderboard races, slot tournaments, guaranteed jackpot and prize games are an innovative way for the Dragonfish network to stand out from the crowd and stay a cut above the rest.
- There are bonus games which are exclusive, however they are normally written as Flash and for this reason will not work on a mobile device, only a computer. That being said, thanks to HTML5 we are beginning to see these being introduced on mobile and tablet, a prime example of this is Lucky Charm Bingo.
- Some of the very best sites on the Dragonfish network also have a bespoke design, making them that little bit extra special and also have their own exclusive promotions and bingo rooms.
Between April 2018 and the autumn of 2019, Dragonfish did not launch any new bingo sites as any new launches were released on the Real Bingo Network which has no wagers. However, this network shares some, but not all rooms with the main Dragonfish network. Following this time, there was change once again with the launch of Say Yes To The Dress Bingo which was on the main network, and now Dragonfish are expecting to see more main network launches with some brilliant bingo bonus offers throughout 2020.