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Video games have become a primary source of entertainment for both children and adults. They have come a long way from the beginning of computer games and when the first version of Nintendo and Atari was released. Video games with Pixelated screens, limited performance and minimal sound effects have become a distant memory. From the beginning of arcades, to the ascent of home gaming consoles, the gaming industry has grown exponentially in the last few decades. Nowadays Video games have become more realistic than ever before.

The gaming industry has undergone lots of changes with the evolution of latest technology. Video game development has become very complex, and with the increase in complexity, the development cost of the game has also risen due to the latest requirements needed in the game. No one would have thought that creating a video game could cost millions of dollars. Today's video games are competing with Hollywood movies in terms of production costs.

According to the most recent statistics, there are more than two billion gamers around the world, which is 26% of the global population. Video gaming has grown to be one of the most profitable entertainment sectors in the world. The industry has grown enormously in size, with millions of gamers and developers. In this article, we discuss the evolution of the gaming industry with the advancement of technology.

Generation of home consoles

Unfortunately the Arcade gaming industry grew too quickly without sustaining the quality of gaming. Too many poor quality arcade games led to the market crash in 1983. Companies like Nintendo and Sega came up with new ideas to save the gaming industry. They put their focus on developing home gaming consoles. In the beginning, they just replicated the arcade game, but with the advancement of technology they started developing high quality by using 3D polygon rendering instead of 2D sprites. Companies like Atari and Sony also started developing home gaming consoles.

There are other games within the Digital Gaming landscape that have seen growth. One such as example is Bingo,  a type of equal chance gaming where the winning chances are equally favorable to all participants of the game. Bingo operators need to ensure that the software or Random Number Generator (RNG) they use for the bingo game are created by licensed developers. There are software standards set by the Commission, and to get the licence, the operator needs to make sure that they follow these software standards as well.  There are various organisations that provide Bingo operations in the UK, we have added some below:

  1. https://safaribingo.com/
  2. https://www.bingopower.com/
  3. https://prizelandbingo.com/

The software (Random Number Generator in the case of a typical Bingo game) developed by an authorized licensed developer. The software needs to be installed by licence holders only.

  • Bingo operators in the UK should inform the Gambling Commission about key features of the software and machinery, including their flaws and errors.
  • Bingo organizers need to make sure that the devices or software they are using are fully functional, the software is not repeating their results, and produce truly random outputs.

Non-commercial Use of Bingo Game

Non-commercial use of the bingo game does not require a licence from the UKGC. All types of private bingo games are allowed to be conducted without a licence. Private bingo games can be organized at a home, care home, hostel, hotel or similar location. In a private bingo game, the organizer cannot charge players to participate in the game. No fee means that the administrator cannot make any profit from the bingo game.

The charity bingo game is also a non-commercial use of bingo, and does not require a licence. To host a non-commercial bingo event, you need to take care of the following important factors.

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