Monday, September 28, 2020

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Government’s Covid strategy needs to be more granular, argues head of Gauselmann UK

Sascha Blodau Covid Strategy
Sascha Blodau, General Manager Gauselmann (UK), has urged the government to adopt a more granular or detailed strategy to help combat the spread of Covid-19.

Bolton braces: Do leisure closures form template for local lockdown?

Bolton local lockdown
The government has imposed a number of local lockdown measures on the Greater Manchester town of Bolton, offering a sobering indication of what could be in store for similarly affected UK towns in the coming months.

Government’s new Covid-19 restrictions leave operators scratching their heads

Track and trace
A new raft of restrictions supposedly in service of preventing the spread of Coronavirus have demonstrated their irrelevance in how bewildering and unenforceable they are.

Blueprint puts content centre stage with appointment of Alan Claypole as head of product

Alan Claypole appointment Blueprint Operations
Blueprint Operations has bolstered its senior team following the appointment of Alan Claypole to the position of Head of Product, reporting directly to Managing Director David Purvis.

Does she mean us? Is gambling really the new tobacco?

Carolyn Harris Gambling new tobacco
Is gambling really the new tobacco? Industry figures speak about the consequences of such an association, how it undermines confidence in social responsibility initiatives and how important it is to recognise the distinct gambling sectors.

Tony Boulton takes on key PR and political role at Gauselmann UK

Tony Boulton Gauselmann UK
Tony Boulton, a pioneering figure in modern day game design and a key figure in Bacta, has taken on a new directorial role at Gauselmann UK. The former..

Cash freeze shows exactly why the industry must have access to the broadest range of payment methods

low stake gambling payment methods
The low stake gambling industry faces being caught between a rock and a hard place, with machine players squeezed by the legal restriction which currently prohibits the use of debit cards on gaming machines and a programme of closures which has seen one in eight banks and cashpoints close during the pandemic. Jason Frost highlights the dilemma.

The fact that the industry cannot use price of play as a mechanism to either attract players or protect margins puts it at an extreme disadvantage

David Purvis Blueprint
Reprofiled games and rebalanced menus are just part of what Blueprint is delivering for its customers as managing director David Purvis explains it’s all about content.

Welsh government leaving AGCs in the lurch, says Crole

Jamie Crole AGC operator Wales
AGC operators in Wales have been facing yet more grief in dealing with their local councils, with one business owner lamenting that his gaming outfit has not only been denied any relief on business rates - but is still none the wiser as to when it might re-open.

Re-opening U-turn viewed as “bitter blow” by Clacton Pier

Clacton Pier AGC Pier Casino
Clacton Pier has described the decision by the government to remove AGCs from the list of non-essential businesses set to open on 15 July as “outrageous,” after the attraction invested significant time and money into ensuring a safe return to business.

UK amusements industry stunned by government U-turn on re-opening

Boris Johnson AGCs Adult Gaming Centre reopening u-turn
The UK gaming and amusements industry were advised earlier this evening that the government has decided to reverse its decision to allow adult gaming centres to open on Monday 15 June

The fact is that no one knows what the ‘new normal’ will be

David Purvis Blueprint Operations New Normal
During the lockdown the Blueprint team has been working hard on ensuring that we would be able to support our customers’ reopening strategies courtesy of a programme of new games releases introduced alongside menu enhancements.

Isle of Wight Council approves new Ryde arcade

Isle of White Ryde AGC permission granted
Dreambay Leisure Limited has been granted permission by Isle of Wight Council to establish a new AGC at Peter Pan’s Funfair and Amusements, on Ryde seafront.   During the council’s first virtual meeting on 1 June, plans for the Over 18s area in the indoor arcade were approved by the Licensing sub-committee. “The family-based business, which has been operating the playground for...

Godden gears up for re-opening with clear Covid-secure commitment to staff and customers

Jeremy Godden Godden Gaming and Gordon Henderson MP
Jeremy Godden, managing director of Godden Gaming, is preparing to open the doors at his Palace Amusements AGCs supported by a full range of personal protection equipment, hygiene protocols and health initiatives for both customers and staff.

A new normal awaits: The industry sets the wheels in motion for getting back to work

Coronavirus reopening webinar Bacta
Bacta is preparing to launch a specially tailored web-seminar to ensure that its membership is fully briefed and has the necessary support to open up with the easing of restrictions.

Demand for Game Payment app leaps by 800 percent as pub sector focus on cashless machine solution

Quentin Stott Game Payment app increase
The industry’s cashless innovation, the Game Payment app, is making its mark even before gaming and hospitality operations get the green light to re-open. Almost 300 orders have been lodged for the app, an eight-fold increase in the space of just one week.

Gambling Commission releases industry stats that shows an industry in transition

Gambling Commission data industry statistics released
Contraction across the board was the key take-away from the regulator’s latest assessment of the size and scale of the gambling industry…and that was before the age of Corona. The Gambling Commission’s statistics through to September 2019 are now out

“We will overcome this”: Stergides confident of industry future

John Stergides Electrocoin
With the summer of 2020 potentially set to be wiped from the calendar, Coinslot spoke to Electrocoin MD John Stergides about his strategy for the immediate future, as well as the trials overcome by the industry in the past.

Novomatic calls on government to allow AGCs to reopen in June

Novomatic Admiral Reopen call Paul Terroni AGCs adult gaming centres
Novomatic is calling on the government to allow Adult Gaming Centres to reopen in the next phase of exit measures alongside “non-essential retail” venues from early June.

‘Why couldn’t a single venue on the high street offer all forms of gaming?’

Jason Frost Chairman Euromat single venue gaming
Euromat president Jason Frost takes a look at what the new normal will look like for the industry, once we get back up and running.

UK operators monitor the progress of casino protection measures across the pond

Amusement venues could mirror US protection measures
Gaming and amusement venues in the UK could begin to introduce customer temperature checks, staggered machine access, and mandatory face masks if new measures proposed by US casinos are indicative of how the industry will adapt to a socially-distant near future.

Blackpool Police seek arcade raid thief

Man wanted theft Warwicks Amusements Blackpool
Police in Blackpool are appealing for information after a man broke into Warwicks Amusements in the early hours of 27 February and stole approximately £2,000.

John White: the road ahead

John White lockdown
As the UK begins tentative steps to reopen, BACTA chief executive John White gives his perspective on how and when amusements business might expect to exit lockdown

Bacta presents the industry’s post-Covid-19 needs

Bacta John White industry’s post-Covid-19
Bacta lodged its post-coronavirus requirements to government last week. Coinslot includes extracts from the association’s paper entitled: ‘Returning the FUN to Britain’s high streets and seaside towns - A plan to get the amusement machine sector back to work’

Back to life, but to a new reality

Bacta members discussions
Following discussions with Bacta members, several measures to allow responsible operation of premises have been proposed by the trade association.

Bacta: War-time level of support required

Bacta War-time level of support required COVID-19
John White has said he and the rest of the Bacta staff are burning the candle at both ends in trying to secure unprecedented relief measures for a time of unprecedented health crisis

The Mirage extends its AGC offering

The Mirage Mablethorpe
The Mirage has announced the completion of an extension to its adult gaming centre, adding a range of new machines to compliment its expansive neon-lit entertainment offering.

New amusement arcade planned for Exeter City Council

Exeter New Amusement Arcade planned
Exeter City Council is considering introducing a new amusement arcade to the city centre, as part of plans to redevelop 7-19 North Street into a 19-dwelling

7s Above: The best and brightest in quality-focused showcase

7s Above Ian Pawson Spin Gaming VIP Casino
Presenting a range of both brand new launches and surefire hits, 7s Above took to EAG this year to demonstrate the personal service, care and consideration it brings to ensuring its customers are offering the best in the market

Electrocoin: Cross-sector success

Electrocoin Skill Cut Winner Stranger Things Ball Paradise
At EAG, Electrocoin will be showcasing a host of exciting new products and developments for already-successful lines for the single site, AGC and FEC..