So just what is Palringo? This social chat app is a place you go when you want to catch up with friends, make some new ones, explore your interests, or kill some time by playing games. There are thousands of Groups—think of them as communities—covering everything from TV, games, sports, voice chat, to sharing that picture of a cat or funny video that people just had to see right this minute.
You can find us on Android and iOS to get involved in the conversation. And we’re a place where your privacy is No.1, so your identity and data are safe with us. So, if you’re feeling a little bored, fancy making some new friends, and talking about what you love, come and get involved!
Groups are user-created chat rooms that anyone can create to chat with like-minded people, explore interests, find new friends, share funny images–whatever.
Most Groups do not have any joining requirements. However, some Groups require a user to have achieved a certain account level. A user increases their account level by being active in the app–joining other Groups, playing games, earning achievements, etc.
Some Groups require users to have a password to gain entry; others are invite-only Groups.
Within Groups, there are a number of roles:
- Admins – Those who own the Group; they have the ability to ban users, remove them from the Group for a certain amount of time, and silence them. They can also edit certain aspects of the Group (name, avatar, etc.)
- Moderator – Someone who can kick, ban, and silence members of a Group.
Palringo has lots of fun in-chat games that users can play by themselves or with others.
There are 20 Game Bots that let users play classic games like hangman, test their trivia and maths skills, as well as engage in monster battling, building an underworld empire, and fishing for treasure in the ocean.
The Palringo Blog (right here) is where you can stay up to date with the latest news, competitions, events, and releases that are happening in the app.
We host monthly gaming tournaments where users can win prizes if they make it onto the leaderboard; community events give users the chance to share their creativity with everyone on the app and earn exclusive rewards for it.
Our official Palringo support page is a centralised resource for any questions/issues that users might face. Over there, you can learn about Reputation, Achievements, how to reset your password, and more.
Palringo launched in 2006, developed by then 21-year-old Martin Rosinski as an instant messaging tool for his father’s engineering company in Newcastle, UK. Fast forward to 2012 and Palringo transitioned from B2B to B2C as users began forming groups with particular interests, with a specific focus on games. The business model evolved to selling virtual products such as rich media sticker packs, Bots and functional utilities.
In May 2014, Palringo acquired Swedish games developer Free Lunch Design (FLD). With a portfolio that includes Disney, Paramount and Marvel, they began developing community-orientated games around Palringo’s instant messaging technology.
In September 2014, Palringo took further steps in cementing its hybrid of instant messaging and gaming by adding gaming capabilities on top of an already existing messaging platform. Then, in May 2015, Palringo acquired Finnish chat games developer Tribe Studios, best known for its patented Dramagame technology.
Currently, Palringo has amassed over 80 million accounts across the world. It has more than 380,000 Groups–user-created chat rooms dedicated to everything from casual chat, TV and movies, music, singing, poetry, video games, anime, and much more.
Headquartered in London, Palringo has offices in Newcastle and London in the UK, and Amman, Jordan.
Palringo Charity Campaigns
Palringo has been involved in multiple charitable campaigns over its lifetime, drawing on the continued generosity of its userbase.
Palringo’s first charity campaign in 2013 came off the back of users discussing how they could contribute to the Gulf region–a popular subset of Palringo’s userbase. In response, Palringo launched a charitable initiative during Ramadan. To contribute, users could donate Palringo credits (in-app currency), through a unique charity Bot. This initiative saw hundreds of users give to charity, with 20 donors who gave more than US$1,000. In total, Palringo and its users raised over US $230,000 for Charity Right and Islamic Relief.
These charitable efforts continued in 2014. Unlike 2013’s campaign, which was targeted at predominately users in the Gulf region, this campaign was open to everyone. It added charity Child’s Play, who provide video game entertainment to sick children in hospital. Once again, users could give via a Charity Bot for Child’s Play and Islamic Relief Bot. They could also buy special message packs, with all the proceeds going to charity. In total, users raised over $235k.
In 2015, Palringo ran “Fish for Hunger”, a charity campaign based around its Fishing Bot to benefit Action Against Hunger and Islamic Relief Worldwide. This event incentivised users to donate around a series of unique fish that were released for the bot, and selling boosters that helped users catch them. There was an average spend of $50 per user who participated, with one user contributing a massive $14,000, reaching a total of $300,000.
For its 2016 charity campaign, Palringo released a new bot–Hero Squad–to benefit Action Against Hunger and Islamic Relief. 50% of all proceeds from the purchase of the game and purchase of in-game boosters was split between the two charities. Palringo raised a total raised of $207,000.
The next year, Fish for Hunger 2017: Freaks of Nature let users capture unique creatures for a limited time in the popular Fishing Bot, with proceeds being split between Action Against Hunger and Islamic Relief. In total, users generated over $160,000 for both charities. These proceeds helped an Action Against Hunger water and sanitation project near the Syrian border in Jordan.
Palringo launched a brand-new bot for its 2018 campaign–Hunter Bot. Users could capture special, desert-themed birds during the period of Ramadan. Users reached the mammoth milestone of over 5 million birds caught during the period, raising over $150,000 in the process.
Palringo’s fund helped Islamic Relief implement projects through a Waqf program, which will yield long-term benefits to thousands of beneficiaries. Action Against Hunger’s project aims to contribute to the enhancement of water quantity for the residents in Khosos – Qalyubeya, through the improvement of the water services by installing a well and water treatment station.
Palringo Summary: 3 things you need to know
- Palringo’s a place you go when you want to catch up with friends, make some new ones, explore your interests, or kill some time by playing games.
- We’ve got thousands of online communities where you can talk about your interests, share pictures and videos, voice chat, and more.
- You can join the conversation on Android and iOS, and we’re an app where your privacy is No.1 so you can chat freely about what you love.
Join the conversation today!