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Project unveils game to help AGCs target B2 players

Project, Tony Boulton, interview, eag
Project has developed a new Roulette based B3 game which has been designed to help AGC operators win business on the high street when the FOBT stake is reduced to £2 in April. The company’s Super Roulette is being shown on stand 412 at this week’s EAG alongside a range that delivers choice and variety to machine players across the...

Low season no time to rest for operators

Lycetts, amusements, arcade
The winter means quieter times and, in some cases, closure for the UK’s amusement arcades - but owners are being urged to remain vigilant and not take a gamble with their business. Arcades up and down the country have shut up shop or are experiencing minimal footfall in the late winter months. This quieter period brings the opportunity for owners to...

BACTA’s moment in the limelight

BACTA, uk, amusements, industry
We all know how narrow a window of opportunity can be and, argues Chris Webster, BACTA must not miss the one currently presenting itself. In another and alternate parallel universe, away from the trials and tribulations of cobbling copy together for this worthy rag,I do a bit of acting. It’s a fickle whore of a business. I’ve been arrested for murder,...

Project cater for smaller budget player with development of £70 Cat C

Project Super Cherry
Project has adopted an unconventional approach to the Cat C genre following confirmation that it has completed development of a £70 jackpot machine in time for EAG. Set to be unveiled from stand 412, Project’s Cherry Bar is a simple, dedicated game featuring two win symbols, a free spins symbol and is housed in the company's specially developed high impact,...

TwoBit Circus: A new model in an arcade entertainment

Two Bit b&W
They say when America sneezes, the world catches a cold. The latest gaming initiative in Los Angeles serves as a good example. Just twelve weeks after its initial opening, Los Angeles’ ground-breaking TwoBit Circus has been inundated with customer traffic - with founder Brent Bushnell fixing his sights on national expansion, and a different way of bringing gaming to...

Hollywood Bowl counts ninth 2018 venue opening

Hollywood-Bowl, new opening
Bowling alley operator, Hollywood Bowl, has now opened its ninth new venue of 2018, continuing at pace on its impressive expansion roadmap. The latest venture has been a £250,000 rebranding of a former AMF Bowling centre in Wallgate, Wigan. Steve Burns, CEO, Hollywood Bowl Group, said: “Our rebranded Wigan centre has undergone an extensive six-week transformation, and we’re extremely happy with...

Bacta the future: Amusements industry not standing still when it comes to social responsibility

Bacta convention, fobt
While the FOBT stake reduction will undoubtedly be a major focus during John White’s keynote address at this year’s Bacta Convention, the association’s CEO will situate the controversy within the broader context of social responsibility and suggest there is still more work to be done. Social responsibility will be a key theme in John White’s keynote address at the 2018...

Harbour Lights pay tribute to much loved Willy Clixby

Harbour lights, Willy Clixby
Friends and family of Willy Clixby who worked at Harbour Lights Amusements have paid their respects after he passed away on the night of 15 November. The well-known and ‘much-loved man’ was a firm favourite at the arcade in Fleetwood where he was respected and admired for his dedication, wit and stories. Writing on Facebook Lee Stefani offered the touching tribute:...

Rhyl town council overruled on plush toy objections

amusements, rhyl, council, local council, soft toy
They may be cuddly, but the upcoming arrival of an army of plush toys seems to be ruffling feathers in Rhyl - where an application to store thousands of arcade redemption prizes has been met with ire by the town council. The mysterious FEC applicant - listed only as a “Mr Sparks” - has requested permission to install a series...

SEGA and LAI Games launch partnership

SEGA, LAI Games, hires
LAI Games and SEGA Amusements International Ltd have launched a new multi region distribution partnership. SEGA will distribute the award winning Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride in countries throughout South America, Europe and Asia. Thanks to a hugely successful launch and record sales for the unattended VR ride, LAI Games is looking to bring the game to more entertainment venues...

Trading places: Will amusements face a business block to Saudi?

amusements, business, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh
As western business cold-shoulders the FII in Riyadh over the Khashoggi issue, the nerves of the UK amusements industry could be tested over its engagement with the lucrative Middle East market. Will there be a time when we need to talk about Saudi? Leading international business executives gave Saudi Arabia a wide-berth last at one of the leading trading shows...

Gulzar sets sights on year-round successes

Gulzar, Sheikh Abid Gulzar, Hastings Pier, amusements
After completing the purchase of Hastings Pier and overseeing a positive summer period, Sheikh Abid Gulzar has stated that the goal is now to make it a year-round attraction. Speaking at the weekend Sheikh Abid Gulzar, owner of Eastbourne and Hastings Piers, commented that the long summer has been particularly good for business, but work must now be undertaken to...

Blackpool Pleasure Beach rides scoop double awards win

Coinslot Blackpool Tourism
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has celebrated more awards success after two of its rides were voted among the best for thrill-seekers in Europe. The amusement park’s new £16.25m ICON rollercoaster was voted as one of the best new coasters in Europe and Valhalla was named one of the continent’s best water rides at the European Star Awards. In addition, Blackpool Pleasure Beach...

Reflex reaction: Cain’s Amusements on bringing a classic into the modern arena

Cain's Amusements
A jewel on Herne Bay’s seafront, Cain’s Amusements has enjoyed a busy season, but there’s no resting up for the centre. There’s a new machine on the floor and it’s proving pretty popular. Reflex Gaming’s BullionBar X has hit the Kent coast. Scott Turner talks to Coinslot. Cain’s Amusements has been impressed with its latest machine on test, and it’s...

Clacton Pier makes the grade with VisitEngland

Clacton Pier
Clacton Pier continues to provide a top quality visitor attraction for a fun day out, according to VisitEngland, which carried out a full day assessment of the landmark last month. It concluded that the pier meets the high standards required for accreditation in the national scheme, an award the operator will hold for at least a two years before another...

Mirror praises Southend’s amusements

Southend-on-Sea
Southend’s amusement arcades, amusement park and pier have been praised in a national newspaper article about the resort’s transformation. Writing for the Mirror, Nick Owen, head of news at Sunday Mirror and Sunday People, documented a recent family trip to the Essex seaside. Despite having negative memories of Southend from his childhood days, Owen praised its transformation as well as the...

Clacton Pier unveils autumn and winter events programme

Clacton Pier
To build on its new-opened all-weather facilities and cement its position as a 52-week a year attraction, Clacton Pier has launched an extensive line-up of off-season events. Bosses at Clacton Pier have unveiled a new programme of events for the autumn and winter period, which includes the revival of its popular Christmas Wonderland event. It also features a new concept with...

Cleethorpes seafront proposal divides local legislators

Cleethorpes seafront
Serving as indication that not all development on Britain’s coast is welcome development - local activists in Cleethorpes are calling for a period of “proper consultation” ahead of plans to build three residential apartment blocks in direct proximity to the seafront. “One Cleethorpes” has the backing of the town’s MP Martin Vickers - who envisions the 99-apartment complex as a...

New jewel in the crown: Mr P’s to move into former Monmarch Amusements site in Bognor

Bognor Regis
The expansion of legacy amusement specialist Mr P’s Classic Amusements throughout the south of England is to see the company open a third branch within the former site of Monarch Amusements in Bognor Regis, the company has confirmed. Clues released on social media had previously tipped Bognor as the general vicinity of the new acquisition, but Mr P’s owners Dave...

Blackpool Illuminations highlight its bright future

Blackpool Illuminations
This year’s Blackpool Illuminations are more than just a grand display of flashing lights; they represent a town with a bright future, and one that can illuminate the way for Britain’s seaside resorts. The future of Blackpool is as bright as last weekend’s illuminations,according to the resort’s operators, who welcomed 130,000 visitors over the weekend for celebrations and fireworks that...

Fantasy Island replaces disabled girl’s stolen wheelchair

Coinslot-Fantasy-Island
In another example of the amusement industry’s unceasing capacity for charity, Ingoldmells’ Fantasy Island has replaced a disabled youngster’s stolen wheelchair. The 12-year-old had been enjoying a trip to the seaside amusement park on 22 August when thieves stole the chair between 7pm and 8pm. The distressed youngster made the discovery after coming off the Frisbee ride with her sister. After it...

Mayfair Amusements to downsize after fall in trade

Ayrshire
The operator of Girvan’s Mayfair Amusements has revealed he plans to downsize the arcade after being granted planning consent by South Ayrshire Council. Alfie Briggs said he intends to transform part of the premises back into a town house to put on the rental market. He also confirmed that the larger, deeper portion of the site would remain operating as an...

Genting’s Vortex Gaming appreciates Embed and BNAE choice one year on

Vortex
It has been 12 months since Vortex Gaming opened at Genting’s Resorts World - bringing immersive digital experiences and iconic gameplay to Birmingham with the help of Bandai Namco Amusement Europe and the Embed cashless system. Vortex Gaming in Birmingham has reported that its first year of cashless operation has been a great success after working closely with Bandai Namco...

Genting’s Vortex Gaming appreciates Embed & BNAE choice a year on

Vortex
It has been 12 months, since Vortex Gaming opened at Genting Resort’s Resorts World – bringing immersive digital experiences and iconic gameplay to Birmingham. Resorts World worked closely with BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Europe (BNAE) and Embed to install the Embed cashless system with smart touch readers into the state-of-the-art entertainment centre and reports that the first year of cashless operation...

Licensed redemption: Just the ticket for repeat customers

Kent Amusements
Careful curation of select franchise prize goods has turned one-time players into long-term collectors at Kent Amusements in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Two weeks ago, the announcement was made. Arcade supervisor Dominic O’Reilly of Kent Amusements, Co. Down, posted the news on the arcade’s Instagram and Facebook feeds. Rick and Morty plush - furry renditions of the acclaimed US Adult Swim...

Amusement arcade planned as part of £4m Skegness Butlin’s expansion

Skegness
A new amusement arcade could be built at Butlin’s Skegness holiday park if plans for a £4m expansion are approved. If they are given the green light, the development would also include a Hall of Mirrors, a fairground workshop, a grandstand and two new amusement rides. Works to the site’s existing fairground would see its current rides largely retained, maintained and...

Confusion delays opening of Barry Island Pleasure Park rollercoaster

Barry Island
It is just the latest in a series of obstacles the Welsh amusement park has faced since it came under new ownership. Barry Island Pleasure Park has once again met with local authority bureaucracy. he owner of Barry Island Pleasure Park has defended its new rollercoaster after the attraction’s launch date was delayed by safety inspectors. The seaside amusement park had...

Blackpool South Pier log flume decision deferred

Blackpool South Pier
Blackpool South Pier hasn’t got its ticket to ride just yet. The council has deferred its decision on whether to allow the log flume ride a permanent residency on the promenade. The owner of Blackpool’s South Pier will now have to wait until September to see if its application to keep the attraction’s log flume ride on its current site...

Southend Pier aiming for one million visitors

Southend Pier
Southend Borough Council is hoping to record one million visitors to the resort’s pier in 2018 after it achieved record numbers for the past three months. James Courtenay, deputy leader, announced the target after revealing that figures for May, June and July had broken previous records. Last month, Southend Pier saw an increase of almost 20 per cent over the same...

Clacton calls time on goldfish give-aways

Clacton Pier
It may well be part of seaside tradition, but as of September, winning a goldfish will be a thing of the past at Clacton Pier. Times are-a-changing at Clacton Pier, where Billy Ball and the rest of the management team have decided to end the age-old practice of giving goldfish as prizes for stall wins. A new lease agreement hammered out...

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