It seems like online bingo has just now caught on but already the big question is about what’s in store for online bingo in the future. It’s a question that is asked of every new big thing and the short answer is this: online bingo is here to stay and much growth is expected.
The future looks especially bright for internet bingo in Europe, where the market has already grown by leaps and bounds despite tax hikes and economic recessions. In the UK, for example, online bingo is now the top leisure activity for young adult females. Other parts of Europe are coming on board too, with more players joining every day.
The United States is currently online bingo’s largest source of revenue but the future there is difficult to discern. Anti-gambling legislation passed in 2006 makes it difficult for players to move their money to and from gambling and bingo sites. Despite that, United States players still account for most of the revenue of internet bingo.
The problem in the United States is that future legislation could fall on either side of the issue. Lawmakers on both sides are pushing for legislation that will both regulate and tax online gambling or legislation that will completely abolish it. If the past is any indicator, any legislation completely barring gambling will be an absolute failure. The most likely scenario is that online bingo continues on in its semi-legal state for a few years until pro-gambling legislation is passed.
The future of bingo technology is still up to anyone’s best guess. Mobile gaming is beginning to pick up in other areas so it stands to reason that eventually bingo sites will at least attempt to market real-money bingo play on cell phones. But with many cell phones having complete access to the internet already, it’s hard telling if online bingo sites will even need to make special games for cell phone users in the future.
It also would make sense that as internet bingo expands around the world, the game will become more popular among males. Right now, the majority of bingo players are women but there is a strong male segment that appears to be growing. As more people get exposed to the game, more diversity can be expected.
It’s interesting to speculate about the future of internet bingo but there’s really no sure-fire way to say what’s going to happen over the course of the next few years. Beyond that, who knows? Things on the internet change at much too rapid a pace for people to make semi-accurate predictions across any meaningful length of time. What we do know is that human nature doesn’t change and online bingo will probably be going strong for a very long time.