Gamesville.com went live on the Internet in 1996. Many people were delighted, others were a little skeptical. Some degree of skepticism about "free games for cash prizes" is to be expected: After all, many of us are taught that you never get something for nothing. Yet, Gamesville games such as Bingo Zone, Magic 21, Three-Eyed Bingo and Frantic Fish are totally free to play--you don't pay anything to register and you don't wager or risk anything to play and win real cash--so how does Gamesville make money?
Simple: We sell advertising and sponsorships on Gamesville. You, the players, play our games and as you play our games, you generate ad space that we sell to advertisers.
Can't understand how anyone can make money by giving money away? Ask that question of a game show like "Wheel of Fortune" or "The Price is Right". They'll tell you, it's all supported by advertising. In a very real way, our games are online -- and interactive -- game shows, operating on a similar kind of model to our TV counterparts. Except, instead of you watching a handful of contestants vie for a prize, you actually get to compete and win!