Last updated: January, 2022
BBO has partnered with a leading video conference company to provide very high-quality video chat in our tournaments, team matches and even at casual tables. It'll make your games even more engaging.
Video Chat is free of charge and granted on demand to clubs and bridge organizations. All club manager accounts already have access to free video.
Try it first, and if it does not work for you contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for access to free video chat. Mention your BBO username and how you intend to use it.
Video Chat can be activated:
Video Chat is only available on web at the moment (ie, when you access BBO through an internet browser). It is supported on mobile as well, on Google Chrome for Android devices, and on Safari for Apple devices.
Video Chat is free of charge and granted on demand to club accounts and select usernames. Try it first, and if it does not work for you contact us at email@example.com to ask for access to free video chat. Mention your BBO username and how you intend to use it.
Write +video+ in your tournament, team match or table description to activate video.
Activate video chat in your tournament:
Activate video chat in your team match:
Activate video chat at your casual or teaching table*:
*Please note that you need to reserve the seats for your players when using video chat at a casual table.
Yes! Video Chat works on the Google Chrome browser for Android devices and on the Safari browser for Apple devices. Please note, your players will need to access BBO through our website, at https://www.bridgebase.com/v3/
We've partnered with a leading video conference company to provide a very high-quality video chat for our bridge tournaments. We chose this solution as it's scalable, reliable and offers excellent quality.
Video Chat is completely optional when setting up your games. It is up to the organizer to activate this feature or not, depending on what the players prefer.
The players have the possibility to minimize, or close the video chat widget, as well as Mute all, to block incoming sounds from the other players.
However, during this strange time of forced isolation, 'seeing' others is recommended for the benefit of our mental health. Video Chat brings back some of the live bridge feeling and allows players to socialize more. It also makes it easier for players new to online bridge to give it a try, as it's closer to the real-life experience.
Yes. There are two ways to do this. Your players can Minimize the video widget, which keeps video and microphone on, so that they can still chat. Or, they can Close the video widget completely, which turns off both video and sound.
The same options are available by clicking the blue button with three grey lines at the table (the "hamburger" menu):
When video chat is minimized, players can click the speaker icon at the bottom of their screen to Mute all. To Restore the video chat widget, click the video icon at the bottom of the screen.
You can also restore the Video Chat widget by clicking the blue button with three grey lines at the table (the "hamburger" menu):
IMPORTANT! Please note that when Video chat is Minimized (and not Closed from the X icon on the video chat widget), players' Camera and Microphone remain in the state they were when they minimized the widget. If their camera or microphone were ON, and they clicked Minimize, their camera and microphone remain active (so that, for example, they can voice chat, or hear what other players say, with the widget minimized).
It's not possible to mute a specific player. Players have the option to Mute all, by minimizing the video chat widget, then clicking the speaker icon to turn off sound. You can also ask other participants in chat to mute themselves when they are not speaking, if they have disturbing background noise. We'll continue to refine and add more helpful settings as we collect feedback from players.
Not yet, but we'll continue to refine and add more helpful settings as we collect feedback from players. For now, Video Chat is a social feature, meant to help players keep in touch and see each other face to face.
Yes, the TD can join any table's video chat and also sees the table video if the players have activated their cameras.
Yes! Click here for a Video Chat help file you can share with your players to help them onboard and troubleshoot common issues related to activating camera and microphone. You can also host a casual table with your players, to help them set up their camera and microphone before the actual game.