For bingo games to function they need to run on what is called bingo software, which powers all the features we are familiar with, such as the bingo games, the side games, chat and so on. In this software we also find the graphics and the sound. Bingo sites that share the same software provider will often share many features with other sites, and if they belong to the same network may even share bingo rooms and jackpot games. Bingo software is what powers your bingo experience, which is then tailored by each individual site.
There are some software providers that have hundreds of bingo sites using them (known as ‘skins’), such as Dragonfish or Playtech (Virtue Fusion). Others may be less well known but by no means of lesser quality, and then there are those bingo sites such as Tombola who have their own software (proprietary).
All software providers are different from each other in what they offer the brands that use them. For example some only have 90 ball and 75 ball bingo, and other software providers may include 80 ball or 30 ball bingo. It also explains why sites running the same software will usually share many side games, and more importantly the way that the bingo site operates. This makes it easier for someone who likes one particular site to find another they may like. If they share the same software then the bingo experience will be comparable. This is also true if you do not like how a site works.