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New Colchester AGC: Expanding seasonal staff opportunities

Sailor Boy Amusements, Colchester
A new adult arcade in Colchester will provide summer personnel at Sailor Boy Amusements with year-round employment, says Masterson Leisure. Expansion into the bespoke AGC market in Colchester will provide some seasonal staff at nearby amusements destination with year-round employment, according to one of its directors. Scott and Nicola Masterson both help in heading up the family business Masterson Leisure, which...

Birmingham gets monkey business

Joystick
Kongs has its eye on an empire state. A former nightclub site in Birmingham is to be trans- formed into a retro arcade- themed gaming club and bar. Kongs, as it will be known, will be the third venue to bare such a name after the operator found success in Bristol and later Cardiff. The retro-arcade and bar offering is opening...

Engage! Holodecks inspire Player Ready launch in Cornwall

Player Ready Online
Cornwall’s second virtual reality arcade - Player Ready - opened its doors last month, with owner Stephen Parkinson outlining both his inspiration for the VR venue, and the challenges he faced in making it operational. Inspired by the Holodecks in Star Trek TNG, a new virtual reality arcade has opened its doors in Pool, Cornwall, with the operator teaming up...

Mr P’s set for “big seaside arcade adventure”

Mr P's Classic Amusements
It’s not just tourists heading to the coast this summer, but operators too, with Mr P’s Classic Amusements set to launch a new seaside FEC in the near future. But where will it be? The ‘Mr P’s Classic Amusements’ brand is going to expand into the seaside sector, with owners Dave and Amelia Douglas set to announce the new venue’s...

Gateway26 partners with Semnox to go digital

Semnox
In the first implementation of its kind, Semnox Solutions has partnered with Gateway 26 Casino Arcade the largest merchandise arcade in the state of New Jersey, to go digital by transitioning to its Parafait system for cashless operations. Overlooking the beautiful sunny beaches and the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean, Gateway 26 is a high-class Family Entertainment Centre with over 400...

Burnham Pier named one of the UK’s top ‘tiny attractions’

Burnham-on-Sea Pier
Burnham-on-Sea Pier has been named as one of the UK’s best ‘tiny attractions’ thanks to its amusement arcade. The country’s shortest pier topped The Guardian’s top 10 list of attractions selected from a forthcoming compendium book titled ‘Tiny Britain’. The national newspaper wrote: “Nothing says British seaside like a pier, and as an example of British understatement, Burnham-on-Sea’s, at just 37...

Former Pier owner’s family give seal of approval to new development

Clacton Pier
The family of one of the four previous owners of Clacton Pier has given their seal of approval to the new £4 million development currently underway at the 147-year-old landmark. Michael Goss and his wife Sandra ran the Pier from 1971 until they sold it to a consortium in 1981. Shortly afterwards the couple, their son, also Michael, and daughter, Kate,...

Arcade revenue rises as sector shows “high levels of resilience”

Coinslot-FEC AGC
While only rising marginally to £423.2m in gross gambling yield, the ‘arcade sector’ is showing “high levels of resilience” under increasing costs and rising inflation. AGCs and FECs together recorded £423.2m in gross gambling yield (GGY) between the period October 2016 - September 2017, up marginally from £421.8m between the period April 2016 - March 2017,according to the Gambling Commission. Analysing the...

Good weather and innovation key to Saltburn and Seaburn success

Seaburn
With the recent spells of good weather promising a great British summer, Grant Seldon’s arcades in the Northeast resorts of Saltburn and Seaburn are preparing for a prosperous season. Grant Seldon, owner of Seaburn and Saltburn Amusements, has predicted that new machines, community events, and most importantly good weather, could lead to a prosperous summer season. The arcades, which were hit...

Investment and its power in driving up standards, says Paolo Sidoli

Porthcawl
The British seaside is enjoying a resurgence in popularity with UK holidaymakers which has led to strong investment and a demand for the latest equipment says leading children’s ride specialist Paolo Sidoli. Our company is based on the coast in Porthcawl,” explains industry stalwart Paolo Sidoli, “and we can see the year-on-year increase in visitor numbers and its positive impact...

Nostalgia spurs confusion and hopes for Happyland’s future

Bournemouth Happyland
It’s not all happy in Bournemouth at the moment as the local council grapples with the decision as to what to do with the Happyland amusements site. For two years now, Bournemouth council has been examining options for a prime seafront spot, with a tricky position: it cuts straight into the cliffs. So when Happyland eventually vacates the premises, the sounds...

Mr P’s classics take centre stage with Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher
After allowing the band’s photographer to shoot videos inside its AGC, operator Mr P’s Classic Amusements has witnessed its “legendary” machines on tour with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, proving that classic is the original cool. “I lost my faith in the summertime,‘cause it don’t stop raining,” belts Noel Gallagher to an audience in Paris, as machines from Mr P’s...

Sega Amusements International dedicates booth to Ticket Time at DEAL

Sega Ticket Time
Developed by Smart Industries and distributed by Sega, Ticket time was given a whole booth at this year’s DEAL. Ticket Time gameplay is straightforward; players move the 4-way joystick to control the crane and collect as many bundles of tickets as possible. Then using RFID technology embedded in the ticket bundles, the game calculates the number of tickets to award...

Disgraced Billy Mitchell makes statement after being stripped of arcade records

Billy Mitchell
Long-time arcade champion Billy Mitchell was stripped of his records last week in a shock ruling by Guinness World Records. The organisation decided Mitchell used unofficial means to achieve his legendary Donkey Kong high scores. Twin Galaxies, an American organisation that tracks video game world records, discovered he had used the wrong cabinet to attain the Donkey Kong high score -...

Grand Pier revives older videos for a ‘retro arcade’

retro arcade Grand Pier
The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare has invested in coin-op amusement product both old and new to boost its amusements offering this spring. It has resurrected some its older video games and created a dedicated ‘Retro Arcade’ area in the pier’s pavilion building, as well as bringing in six brand new battery-operated bikes for younger players. The pier’s engineers refurbished a host...

Happy Bus and Captain Jack lead the way

Captain Jack
JNC has highlighted Happy Bus and Captain Jack as two of the top kiddie rides for the season ahead, detailing interactivity and engagement as integral to a strong performing machine. With kiddie rides clearly a key focus for the summer months ahead, JNC have invested heavily in the genre with over sixty different types of rides currently in stock. JNC’s...

Resorts World adds VR to Vortex Gaming area

Birmingham’s Resort World leaps into the future bwith the addition of VR to its Vortex Gaming arcade. Resorts World in Birmingham is the second city’s premier all-in-one leisure location and with its Vortex Gaming area being of particular prominence. All the more reason then that the venue keeps pace with player trending. So it’s no surprise that the multi-faceted arcade...

Bournemouth set for retro ‘barcade’ in town centre

Coinslot video game arcade
Following the resurgence in appreciation for classic arcade games, plans have been submitted for a retro arcade and bar in Bournemouth, already the UK’s second such venture since the start of 2018. Bournemouth could be the home of the south coast’s first retro arcade cafe and bar, if approval for the venture is granted by the local borough council. Zaps, proposed...

Sega confirms launch of Magic Arrow game

Sega Magic Arrow
The global arcade company, Sega, has added to its wide-ranging database of arcade titles with the launch of its easy-to-use, new game Magic Arrow.   Sega has launched a new game Magic Arrow, which the company hopes will follow in the footsteps of the global merchandising phenomenon Key Master. The company claims Magic Arrow is very easy to understand and will test...

Providing variety and quality at the forefront of Burnham Pier

Coinslot - kiddie rides burnham pier
With a motorbike, a helicopter, a fire truck and a 4-seater spaceship, Burnham Pier proudly displays its variety of kiddie rides at the forefront of its arcade offering, much to visitor’s delight.   Perched stoutly over the Bristol Channel, the pier in Burnham-on-sea resides in Somerset’s family-orientated seaside resort, away from the 18-30 year old scene in Weston - making it...

First virtual reality arcade opens in London

Coinslot - DNA VR London arcade first
A swathe of virtual reality technologies now exist and in line with the buzz surrounding the emergent technology, London now boasts its first permanent virtual reality arcade. But does VR have long-term potential for amusements operators?   The first full-scale virtual reality (VR) arcade has opened up in London. Based in Islington, the location was picked for its close proximity to...

Luigi’s Mansion arcade “well worth the investment”

Luigi's Mansion arcade
The Nintendo licenced Luigi’s Mansion Arcade has received impressive feedback from operators for its strong family appeal and earnings at a number of FECs across the world. Delighted by the performance of Luigi’s Mansion Arcade, Sydney Fernandez-Fasi from Fun Factory Inc. said: “Our Luigi’s Mansion games have been very steady and strong. They consistently rank in the #1 or #2...

Tussle over opening hours put Perks arcade plans on hold

Coinslot - Perks
After a long struggle to get permission to open an amusements arcade in Fermoy, Perks Funfair suffered a setback when unfavourable business hours were decreed as a condition of opening in the town.   Perks Funfair, an Irish entertainments company, has put its plans to open an amusement arcade in Fermoy on hold due to restrictive opening opens decreed. The announcement comes...

Barry Island Pleasure Park boss angered after extension ruling

planning
South Wales operator Henry Danter is understandably concerned after a council recommendation left the future of his extended amusement arcade in some doubt.   The owner of Barry Island Pleasure Park has expressed his disappointment after planning officers gave the go-ahead for the removal of an extension to its amusement arcade. Henry Danter had refuted a Vale of Glamorgan Council report that...

New entertainment venue continues Clacton Pier’s revival

Coinslot - Clacton pier armed services
The Ball family has made another major investment in Clacton Pier as the project to make it one of Essex’s most popular seaside attractions goes from strength to strength.   Billy and Elliot Ball’s investment in Clacton Pier has continued apace with the reopening of the attraction’s first building as an allnew entertainment venue. The brothers’ Clacton Pier Company has revived the...

When redemption meets Virtual Reality at pioneering new arcade

Coinslot - VR Arcade Virtual Reality Redemption arcade
Malaysian casino giant Genting will be combining traditional and futuristic arcade sensibilities in their brand new UK bound FEC gaming concept. So what should we expect when Birmingham enters the Vortex.   A new family-friendly gaming arcade is set to be the latest attraction at the Resorts World Birmingham Complex. Asian casino giant Genting Solihull Ltd, which owns the £150m venue, will...

Arcade escapes damage despite nearby blaze

Coinslot - Arcade Clevedon Amusements fire
The Clevedon Amusements arcade has been left unscathed following a fire started in a nearby food van early on Monday morning. An amusement arcade in Clevedon escaped without damage after a neighbouring snack van caught fire in the early hours on Monday 3 April. The Avon Fire and Rescue Service received calls just after 5am alerting them to the blaze next...

Blockbuster toys set to be a hit this summer

Coinslot - Toy products Sega Prize Thunderbirds Barbie
A trio of some of the most sought after licenses will be making their way to arcades this season via a range of new toy products from Sega Prize.   Sega Prize is delighted to announce that it has partnered with some truly iconic brands for the coming season. Working closely with licensors such as Mattel, ITV and Pesky Productions, the...

Operator scolds local council after two year wait for arcade lease

Coinslot - lease Lyme Regis George Symonds
Lyme Regis operator George Symonds has found himself in the unusual position of being a district councillor rebuking his local council for failing to renew his arcade’s lease.   A Lyme Regis amusements operator has hit out at his local council after a two year saga during which it failed to renew the lease on his premises. Speaking at a town...

Hollywood bowl opens in Southampton with cashless arcade

Coinslot - Southampton Hollywood bowl
A new Hollywood bowl entertainment centre has been opened in a 17,000sq foot premises in Southampton.   Hollywood bowl has opened a new £2.5m entertainment centre in Southampton, as part of the city’s WestQuay Wartermark leisure development. The 17,000 square foot premises is part of an ongoing expansion policy from Hollywood Bowl that sees the company targeting city centre locations to drive...

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