|In real world Bingo, timing is everything: you’ve got to be quick off the blocks to call “House” (or “Bingo” in the US). But online, you’d expect matters of timing to be taken care of, right? Apparently Dot Com Entertainment considers timing an issue online as well, and the company has just received a US patent for its new Internet bingo system to take care of this. |
'The technology behind DCEG's patent ensures fairness for all players regardless of network connection speed and access,' said David Outhwaite, DCEG's CEO. “The granting of this patent protects the investment we have made in developing and marketing our online bingo technology that is currently in use by customers around the world.'
The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued Patent 6,585,590 to DCEG for a new method and system of operating a bingo game on the Internet. The patent covers Parlay Entertainment's (a subsidiary of DCEG) client-server model bingo system, which eliminates any potential advantage to players with network connection speeds that are faster than those of other players and ensures that a player with a winning game card will still win even if his or her Internet connection is interrupted during the course of a game.
As the patent holder, DCEG has the rights to the technology in the patent and is the only company authorized to incorporate this technology into its bingo offering. DCEG was one of the first companies to develop and license multi-player, pay-for-play bingo technology on the Internet. The company also develops and licenses Java and Flash casino and lottery software.