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How to Throw an Amazing and Lively Virtual Team Building Bingo Party

By Preethi Jathanna

Senior Writer for HR and Remote Work

How to Throw an Amazing and Lively Virtual Team-building Bingo Party

Everyone at some point has played Bingo. That’s just how popular a party game it was and still is! But who says the fun stays limited to friends and family only? With virtual team building bingo, you can recreate the fun with your remote colleagues and managers!

In this blog, we shall take you through the bingo party ideas to host the best virtual team-building bingo party and which websites you can play them!

1. What is a Virtual Team Building Bingo?

Virtual bingo for team building is somewhat similar to real bingo but with some variations. The rules remain the same as regular bingo. But, while balls are used in traditional bingo games, online bingo team building games are played using a random number generator.

In virtual bingo party, each player matches numbers printed in different arrangements on cards with the numbers called by the host. If a particular player finds the called numbers are arranged on their card in a row, they call out "Bingo!". It is used to alert all participants to a winning card. The first to have a winning arrangement receives the prize or jackpot. There are a couple of offbeat virtual bingo ideas as well, that you will find in this list. 

2. 6 Best Platforms for Virtual Bingo Party

2.1. Hooray Teams

Hooray Teams is a fantastic place to play virtual bingo, and here's why: They let you make your bingo game exactly how you like it, with themes and topics you choose. 

If you want a more custom experience, opt for the game lasts for 60 minutes with 4 rounds of unique bingo variations. You can even award prizes to winners, making it a fun and engaging experience for small and large teams.

Simply head to the 'Contact' page and submit details about the custom bingo game, including themes and topics you're interested in, and they'll get back to you with a customized online bingo game for work and a professional host!

All you need to do is go to the website, sign up, and select the game you want to play with your teams.

2.2. Gala Bingo

If you aren’t sure about what kind of Bingo you want to play, Gala Bingo is a good place to check out all the options. They are a leading provider of online Bingo games and have a variety of games you can choose from. Here is a rundown some of the fun virtual bingo ideas you can play at Gala Bingo:

  • Bingo Beats:  In this game, you will get 1 ticket, but you get to choose how much you pay for your ticket. The more you pay the more you win!
  • Deal Or No Deal Bingo: This game is based on the hit TV show. It has various prizes based on the row completion rate such as  1 row, 2 rows, 3 rows, etc.
  • Rush Bingo: This speed Bingo game is bingo only faster for those who like things in the fast lane.
  • Coconut Island: In this game,  exclusive coconuts fall and reveal the next call. Based on that, players can make the move.
  • Housey Bingo: In this Bingo party game, the numbers are represented in the form of cards. Everyone will have 5 cards from the deck. The first to match the cards called wins.

2.3. Sun Bingo

Sun Bingo offers a selection of 90, 80, 75, 50, and 36 ball virtual team building bingo games. In addition, it also provides exclusives and even free bingo rooms called the learner’s rooms. You can book a session of games all at once or pre-book games for later.

In the lobby, you can navigate and see all the upcoming games, players, prizes, and jackpots on offer.

Here are some of the games you may play at Sun Bingo:

  • Candy Room: This is an exclusive 90 ball bingo game. It offers a jackpot if the full house is called in 38 numbers or less.
  • Mystic Meg Bingo: In this game, everyone can only buy one ticket each. The winning amount depends on the money you pay for the ticket.
  • Cabaret Room: In this room, 90 ballroom players are limited to buying 12 tickets per game.
  • Winning Headlines Bingo: This is a 36-ball bingo game where you can win a jackpot if your card is called in 16 calls or less.
  • Pick n’ Mix:  This is a 75-ball pattern bingo game. You have to match the pattern to win the game. One person can have 72 tickets and there are multiple jackpots to be won.

2.4. Buzz Bingo

Buzz Bingo is one of the cheapest virtual team building bingo websites out there. The tickets start at just a penny. There are a bunch of fun and exclusive virtual bingo games for work that you can choose from. Here are our top picks: 

  • Grease Bingo: It’s your luck that runs this exclusive-to-Buzz-Bingo game. When you call Full House on any of the lucky chair numbers, you will win a bonus prize.
  • Buzz Blast: You get 1 ticket and 36 numbers but you decide how much you want to pay. The more you pay the more you can win.

2.5. Arkadium

Arkadium offers more ways to win beyond simple rows, columns, and diagonals. You can also win with any two, three, or four rows, or with the entire card filled out. All these options increase your winning payout.

You may play one, two, three, or four cards simultaneously, and you can bet on each played card with in-game money to keep things exciting. You win your bet and the money is yours for the taking!

2.6. Bingo Blitz

Bingo Blitz provides an immersive gaming environment that makes playing online team building bingo fun. The site has fun themes such as traveling from city to city to complete quests, as well as creative graphics, tons of power-ups, and items to collect. They have a progressive bet amount system in place which helps users ease themselves into the playing experience.

This game is designed the same way an interactive video game is, you play Bingo in different cities with varying bets. As you win you collect power-ups and items that aid in the next round.  You can play against other players, either with a single card or multiple cards.

3. How to Host a Fun Virtual Team-building Bingo Party?

3.1. Set a Bingo Meetup

This goes without saying. Like every other party, you'll have to develop a plan for your virtual bingo team building party as well. And the first and foremost thing on that plan has to be setting the date and time for the occasion. For that, you can use apps like Calendly and have everyone block a time that works.

3.2. Share Invites to Teammates

Once you’ve set the time and date for the virtual bingo team building party, you can send the invites to the people via a common chat and email meeting link. Just make sure to send the invites in advance to avoid any last-minute cancellations from the members.

3.3. Share Bingo Boards with Members

On the day of the bingo party, after everyone has joined the meeting, you can share the bingo boards/templates with them. You can create those templates from bingo websites or even make your own boards. Following that, you may share the links on the chats so that everyone can play.

But before sending the virtual bingo team building game boards to them, you must ensure that the actions mentioned are unique to working from home problems. In other words, avoid situations that are too common and simple, such as “ know how to drive a car” or “ misplaced my keys.”

3.4. Use Different Bingo Boards/Templates

This is simple. A single bingo board can be finished in like 5-10 minutes if there are many coworkers. So to keep the remote bingo team building party going, you’ll have to create different bingo boards. Besides, you will have to ensure that none of the situations get repeated on the various boards.

There is a free bingo card generator through which you can create customized bingo boards. You may also download free templates from that site.

3.5. Raise the Competition with Rewards

Lastly, arrange for your virtual prize distribution. The gifts can be preselected, such as redeemable vouchers to stores or restaurants, or a gift bag of goodies. This initiative encourages people to participate more wholly in future such contests. After all, everyone likes playing to win! You may even provide them with coffee mugs or t-shirts or anything as such.

Not a fan of bingo? You can also virtually bolster camaraderie within your team through games on Google Meet, murder mysteries, wine tastings and dinner parties.

We've also got loads of inspiration to help you celebrate one-off events such as Halloween and New Year’s Eve, as well as some general holiday party ideas to suit any occasion.

If you’re looking to build a positive work environment, consider organizing an employee appreciation bash or a work anniversary party.

For an alternative way to recognize staff, check out our guide to writing employee recognition letters.

4. FAQs

4.1. What are the tips to play virtual bingo with coworkers?

Here are some fun tips and virtual bingo ideas to boost the experience:

  • Create your own Bingo board or go to online bingo websites and send links to coworkers.
  • With a customized game, you can add inside jokes, references to specific team members, and similar.
  • Award prizes to the best performers to notch up the competition.

4.2. How do you make virtual bingo party more engaging and lively?

To make the virtual team building bingo more engaging and lively, here are some virtual team bingo ideas you can check out:

  • Play different styles of bingo games.
  • Alter your bingo cards.
  • Organize a themed bingo party around the game.
  • Try out a fun new game of Picture Bingo.

4.3. What are the rules for playing remote bingo?

Here are the rules for playing virtual bingo:

  • Share the virtual team-building bingo board with the teammates.
  • A player gets a point when they mark “x” on a certain box. The center square is a free point for all players.
  • The first to complete marking an entire row wins.

4.4. How can I make virtual bingo party more fun?

To make the virtual team building bingo party more fun, you can:

  • Double the prizes at the bingo games.
  • Organize virtual bingos on holidays.
  • Have participants swap places in the middle of games.
  • Make your own rules for playing.
  • Add music, pictures, or trivia in the games instead of just numbers.

4.5. Can you play virtual bingo on Microsoft Teams?

Yes, you can play virtual team building bingo on Microsoft Teams or any other virtual platform for that matter. You may create a group on MS Teams such as “Bingo Meetup” and share that link with the team members. On the day of the event, you can share bingo boards or online bingo website links in the group chat and have an amazing virtual team bingo night.

4.6. How does virtual team bingo help develop team engagement and bonding?

Virtual team bingo is a virtual activity that can be enjoyed as breaks during remote work. It brings out the competitive side of your team, and it's always fun to see them fully engaged and using their wits in a fun setting. In addition to team engagement, virtual bingo also keeps your mind active, boosts your physical health, etc.

4.7. How to play virtual bingo with coworkers?

Here is how you can play virtual bingo with coworkers 

  • Start out by distributing virtual bingo cards to all the remote workers. You can mail them in and ask them to print the card or you can send in your own. 
  • The next step of online bingo team building is to decide on a timeline. You can either do it all once on a single video conferencing call or space it out. 
  • The virtual bingo team building game is simple enough,  players get a point every time they get to know information from a co-worker that is mentioned on the board. 
  • Have people make an 'X" every time they get a point. 
  • And that's it! give out prizes every time someone completes an entire row or the entire board. 
  • Pro Tip: Design your own virtual bingo team-building game board. Make it specific to your team and just see the amount of fun you have.
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