27 May

The history of Mecca Bingo

Mecca Bingo is one of the prominent online gaming operators in the UK that provides its players with a secure environment to play bingo. It is one of the most recognizable brands in this industry and the fact that it is licensed by the UK GC further enhances its popularity. The company is headquartered in the United Kingdom and in addition to being a major online player, also has dozens of land-based bingo clubs. It was established in 1961 and after nearly 60 years of gaming excellence, it has expanded its operations beyond borders, in countries such as Belgium and Spain.

An avatar of consistency in British bingo

Mecca Bingo was among the first companies to tap into the immense potential of bingo and cash in on its popularity in the UK. Since 1961, it has consolidated its operations in the UK, providing players with a secure environment to enjoy their favorite game. Bingo itself came a long way since being played in dance halls and early bingo parlors and it is today enjoyed online. Mecca Bingo is one of the strongest promoters of the games both land-based and over the Internet and a place that many punters call home.

The history of the company began with Eric Morley, a committee general manager that brought many players into the bingo fold. The Mecca Leisure Group continued to grow until the 90s, when it was acquired by the Rank Organisation for a significant amount. This represented a key milestone for the company, as it found the resources needed to expand even further and attract more players. It survived the critical moment of 2007 when smoking was prohibited in bingo parlors and continued to thrive.

A proud recipient of international awards

Mecca Bingo grew well beyond UK borders and it caught the eye of international players. Since 2015 when they’ve moved online to offer bingo over the Internet, the group has emerged as a leading provider of games. Licensed by both the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and the UK Gambling Commission, it is regarded as one of the safest to places to enjoy bingo. The first important award was secured in 2014, when it won the Bingo Operator of the Year at the International Gaming Awards.

Competition has always been intense among gaming operators and the surging popularity of bingo brought in serious competitors. Even so, Mecca Bingo continued to thrive and its dominant position in the ecosystem was rarely challenged. The fact that it won the aforesaid award again in 2015 and 2016 speaks volumes about their strength and quality of games offered.

In addition to being a profitable online bingo company, the group is also known for promoting social responsibility. Not surprisingly it won the Socially Responsible Operator of the Year Land Based award in 2016. A high percentage of their players use smartphones and tablets to enjoy bingo, which highlights the strength of their mobile platform. It was further confirmed by their triumph at the EGR Innovation and Marketing Awards in 2016 when they won the Best Native App and Innovation in Bingo Awards.