Dragonfish Casino Sites
Dragonfish is the independent B2B division of 888, and is a name that may be familiar to many online casino players, especially those with a passion for online bingo.
Dragonfish is a name that is associated with many parts of the iGaming world, and has developed such a strong reputation by itself, that many may be aware of its association with 888.Read More
Fingers in Many Pies
Dragonfish may arguably be best-known as a provider of bingo solutions, but the developer is in fact associated with various parts of the iGaming world.
The Dragonfish CasinoFlex solution works as either a tab or a standalone branded site, and is one of the newest parts of the Dragonfish, and therefore the 888 network.
Operating 888 Casino, Arcade Spins, Jester Jackpots, Moon Games, Wicked Jackpots, and more, CasinoFlex is already making a name for itself, however, it is fair to say that any of these sites do not create a huge amount of excitement, with a definite sense of the designs and themes of these sites being somewhat phoned in.
Poker may no longer be the huge part of the iGaming world that it once was, but there is undoubtedly still a market for it, and 888 has been providing award-winning in-house poker products for nearly two decades.
The Dragonfish poker platform is the only one licensed in all US states that offer regulated poker play, giving it a strong advantage in the US market.
Mobile gaming has undergone nothing short of a revolution over the last decade, going from an underappreciated part of the market, with most casinos offer few, or even no mobile options, to a huge part of the industry now.
Never one to miss an evolution in the industry, Dragonfish has a mobile first strategy for its development.
This means that any titles that are released y Dragonfish, regardless of game type, are created with mobile gaming in mind, ensuring smooth, quick, and exciting gameplay for mobile and tablet players.
Bingo is, as mentioned, probably the most well-known part of the Dragonfish portfolio, and that is no surprise. Dragonfish runs the leading bingo network in the world, and the sites that offer their bingo software is a veritable who’s who of the biggest names in bingo.
888 Bingo and 888 Ladies are obvious sites to run Dragonfish’s bingo software, but there are many, many more, including Bingorella, Dazzle Bingo, Jingle Bingo, Scary Bingo, Snowy Bingo, and Zinger Bingo, amongst numerous others.
While some sites operate on the Dragonfish network, there are many other sites that do not, but still provide bingo software from the developer due to its reputation for quality, innovation, and top-quality gameplay.
It isn’t a static list either, with new sites migrating over to the Dragonfish platform regularly, including the well-known and immensely popular Foxy Bingo, which made the move towards the end of 2018.
Dragonfish are often expanding their bingo product too, having added Realistic Games’ bingo games to its platform in March of 2019.
The Ups and Downs of 888
While Dragonfish operates as an independent entity, it is associated with 888, and as a result, it is important to take some time to focus on the varied fortunes of that company in recent years.
Back in 2017, 888 found itself on the receiving end of the largest fine ever handed out by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) which slapped the operator with a bill of over £7 million.
This was due to multiple ethics failings, the most notable of which being the ability for players who had opted for self-exclusion to still be able to gamble at the 888 Bingo site.
This led to a revenue decline for 888 in 2018, but the company itself saw record earnings in that same year.
Revenue dropped 2% year on year in 2018, with Dragonfish seeing the biggest decline, an 8% drop. However, a cut down on an array of expenses saw profits for the company rise by 6%, with adjusted profit before tax up 11% year on year, despite the declines in revenue.
888 may have had some ethical issues (including recent issues after a sportsbook purchase saw customers out of pocket, something that the UKGC decided 888 was not at fault for, so we won’t focus on it here) but it is clear that the company is not losing its position as one of the biggest in the industry.
With this behind it, the 6% revenue drop for Dragonfish is probably not cause for any concern. Something that is proven by the purchase of Costa Bingo in 2019.
While it can, in some ways, appear that Dragonfish is treading water and just riding the wave of its popularity and previous success (if those metaphors can be mixed), history has proven, especially with the mobile offerings, that 888 and Dragonfish can see an evolution before it happens and jump on it.
Online bingo is, in ways, struggling thanks to a multitude of law and regulation changes over recent years, but the recent acquisitions of high-profile bingo sites shows that Dragonfish is not backing down from the changes, and fully intends to maintain its position as the global leader when it comes to bingo.
When it comes to the rest of the services provided by Dragonfish, innovation has not been so heavily involved, and the company’s casino offerings especially have been somewhat disappointing over the years.
But with many popular bingo and casino brands under their belt, and a wide (if sporadic, in terms of quality) array of proprietary games to their name, it is safe to assume that Dragonfish is going to be a big part of the iGaming world in various forms for a fair while to come.
This is especially true when you consider that Dragonfish has one of the giants of the industry behind it in the shape of 888, so however deserving it may or may not be, we shall leave that to your decision, Dragonfish is likely to continue to go from strength to strength.