Quebec bingo halls outdone by online gambling
It is well-known that Bingo is, mostly, a game for the elderly. Unfortunately, Quebec Bingo operators are confronted with a possible collapse. Youth preference to engage in online gambling rather than sit quietly in a hall where bingo games are played, is proving to be a real issue for this centuries-enduring game. For years the Quebec government has tried to upgrade the bingo industry but recordings are displaying a slow failure.
New players do not substitute traditional customers. This is the main reason why the approximately 50 bingo halls still standing tall are losing a lot of money year after year. Promoters even went through the trouble of organizing bingo games in stadiums. Players tested their luck to winning amazing vacations, big money or exquisite cars.
Nowadays, commodity is one of the factors that might attract young people into the bingo industry. Monopolizing the entire gaming industry, the modernization process has caused offline gaming to fade, leading to a guaranteed failure. The fact that a traditional bingo game can last for hours and no alcohol beverages are served is the primary motif why younger people do not take to it.
Churches, community groups, and non-profit organization, almost 800 in number, are the ones that suffer financially, the bingo industry representing their main means for support. In Quebec, government regulators decided that only non-profits are certified to receive a bingo-operating license.
Therefore, a bingo hall is legally functional only if a non-profit organization with a bingo license funds an independent entrepreneur. At the end of each month profits will be divided between the bingo operator and the non-profit associate.
Several years ago a new game appeared on the market. Kinzo, a European version of bingo, redirects the profits to communities so that the traditional bingo industry can stay strong. The Secretariat du Bingo suggested modernizing Kinzo and running it alongside other traditional bingo games. This way, the halls would look like a mini-casino and younger people would most likely participate.
The government of Quebec, which strictly regulates bingo games, was also considering building network games in which players all over the province could play together electronically, while having access to bigger jackpots and winnings. Today, the province allows just two network games a day.
This is a major step in Quebec’s bingo industry! Bingo-style games operators are hoping this modern strategy will attract a younger audience and will increase the bottom line significantly.