In April 2015, the Skrill Group completed its acquisition of Ukash, a deal that was first announced in November 2014. The acquisition meant that Ukash as a payment option was soon to become defunct and a notification received from the Dragonfish brands sees it no longer available to buy from 31st August 2015.
The email to customers was sent on Wednesday 26th August and was entitled “We have something we need to tell you”. The content of the email tells how the use of Ukash vouchers is to be phased out gradually. Whilst Ukash can no longer be purchased from 31st August, Dragonfish are suggesting that you sign up for Paysafecard.
When you visit the Ukash website you are told of the benefits of Paysafecard and how it works in a very similar fashion to Ukash. You buy a voucher valued at £10, £25, £50, £75 or £100 and then added the 16-digit PIN at the site you wish to use it.
Ukash vouchers will only be available to use in the UK until 31st October 2015.
The Effect On The Player
There are many players who choose to use Ukash as a payment option and for most, it’s their own way of setting their gambling limits. Often when you add a credit/debit card to a site it is all too easy to just click a button and deposit more. Additionally, despite impressive security online today, some players are still a bit dubious about entering their financial details at any online site, be it a bingo site or purchasing items.
For players, the loss of Ukash is more of an inconvenience, the loss of a payment solution that they know and trust. However, with Paysafecard just as simple, the transition should be pretty painless for the online bingo player who prefers this type of payment solution for topping up their bingo balance.