Saturday, January 29, 2022

Tag: Arcades

Poppleston Allen: “Despite society’s changing entertainment demands, cash usage and attitudes towards gambling, the ‘pub fruity’ can thrive”

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As part of a series of legal-based articles on the industry, Richard Bradley, Associate Solicitor at Poppleston Allen, gets fruity with the Coinslot community, albeit in a pub machines kind of way. If the industry can crack the code for top grade social responsibility and light touch regulation, then the opportunities for gaming machines could be rosy.

Retail shop closures continue but arcades offer a chink of light for high street’s long term recovery

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Britain’s high streets may be doing a little better than last year - but nearly 9,000 closures in the first half of 2021 is still not good.

HMRC ‘carefully considering’ Tribunal decision on VAT refunds as days to appeal count down

HMRC VAT offices tribunal appeal
By Thursday, HMRC will be past the half-way point of the allocated time-frame of 56 days to appeal the First Tier Tribunal decision in the Rank versus HMRC case. Last week, though, the tax office updated Coinslot of its position regarding an appeal, stating: “We are carefully considering the FtT decisions before deciding on next steps.”

Off The Record: What do you expect for £37 billion – something that actually works?

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Why picking fights with Team England is a stupid move even by the standards set by the Home Secretary, the disproportionate impact of inflation on our hyper-regulated, micromanaged industry and why is a British gambling industry billionaire funding a Van Gogh exhibition at The Courtauld?

“It’s great to be back”: Local papers back industry return

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As arcades, FECs and amusement centres reopened on 17 May, local media across the UK were some of the first through the door, with reporters keen to celebrate the return of the business of fun.

Northern Ireland arcades earmark return to action on 24 May

Northern Ireland AGCs Bingo reopening date
Northern Ireland’s arcades and bingo halls have been given a provisional reopening date of 24 May by the country’s Executive, one week later than counterparts in England, Wales and Scotland.

Horwood: “We have noticed an increase in enquiries and orders”

Mark Horwood UDC Roadmap to recovery
The roadmap is a ‘massive boost’, says Mark Horwood of UDC. But it doesn’t mask the discrepancies in the government support schemes, which for the next ten weeks will be crucial. Top of the list for the machines distributor is consistent application of the VAT cut across the sector.

Arcades need more clarity on opening, especially arcades that sit within other venues

Anne Ackord Brighton Pier Group Roadmap to recovery
For a pier operator, the government’s roadmap is a maze. Can arcades on Brighton Pier open or not, for example? A simple question, but there’s nothing simple for the industry under current reopening guidelines as BPG chief executive Anne Ackord notes. All she wants is no u turns - “we’ve had too many of those”.

Gauselmann set the standards as Merkur voted Germany’s favourite arcade

Sascha Blodau Gauselmann Merkur Arcades
Gauselmann Group’s Merkur Casino arcades have been voted Germany’s ‘most popular gaming arcade’ by the respected business magazine Focus-Money.

Arcades and FECs to open on July 4th

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Arcades, FECs, bingo halls and pubs were given the green light to re-open on July 4, with the added comfort of a reduction in social distancing to 1 metre.

Now’s the time to get to the bottom of what was a collective failure before it has the chance to happen all over again

AGCs collective failure licensing regime Peter Hannibal Gambling Business Group
Peter Hannibal, chief executive of the cross-sector strategic body, the Gambling Business Group, proposes a back to basics education programme even down to the use of the ‘A’ word.

Mirror praises Southend’s amusements

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...

Numskull Designs announce The Quarter Arcades ‘PAC-MAN’ ¼ Scale Arcade Cabinet

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Numskull Designs is incredibly proud to team up with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment for the first in a series of Quarter Arcades exclusives! The world’s most recognisable video game ‘PAC-MAN’ has gone back to where it began with one of the most realistically-presented formats of the original platform. ‘PAC-MAN’ as a character inspired generations and the original game is still one...

Swindon Shipley’s gets celeb Coronation

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Last Saturday saw the ribbon cut on Swindon's new Shipley’s Amusements premises by Coronation Street star Anthony Cotton.   Standing in front of a crowd of soap opera fanatics he not only announced the ceremonial opening but ventured into the arcade to reveal the winner of a £50 raffle draw and meet his adoring fans. Michael Shipley, owner of the Shipley’s...

One player only: Videogame groups forced to merge over lack of funding

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Following a lack of support in the Autumn Budget, the British Games Institute has merged with the National Videogame Foundation to create a “new centre of gravity for games culture” in the UK. It might not be enough to plug a funding hole.   The British Games Institute (BGI) is to merge and share headquarters with the National Videogame Foundation (NVF)...

Potential new arcade for Blackpool high street

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An application for planning permission to turn a charity shop into an amusement arcade in Blackpool town centre has been submitted.   JWT Leisure have applied for permission to turn an old Barnardos shop on Abingdon Street, which was last occupied more than a year ago, into an adult gaming centre. “The change of use which is envisaged involves bringing the premises...

Mobile titles trending with younger generation

Arcade adaptations of mobile games are continuing to prove successful for the industry, with game developers and amusements manufacturers teaming up since 2012 to recreate popular titles.   Leading games such as Doodle Jump and Temple Run have resonated with a younger audience since their debut, bringing an instant familiarity to arcades through their mobile counterpart. “In the nigh-on five years since...

Arcades across UK key to Bourne supremacy

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Bourne Leisure Group enjoyed an impressive 2016, with recent financial statements showing notably increased turnover, driven in part by a growing amusements portfolio.   One of the largest holiday home operators in the UK, counting Haven and Butlins amongst its subsidiaries, Bourne Leisure has seen another impressive year, as the company make the most of a burgeoning staycation market, and weak...

First VR technology show set for Las Vegas

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The first conference to focus on the advent of VR to amusements, arcades and theme parks is taking place in Las Vegas, on 13- 14 September.   Billed as “the first event focused on the business opportunities presented by immersive technology”, The Future of Immersive Leisure 2017 will include a technology showcase and seminars from a wide range of technology and...

Ireland’s raised age limit a “piecemeal effort” at gambling reform

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The beginning of long-awaited gambling reform in Ireland has finally come to fruition, however the Irish Amusements Trade Association believe “this piecemeal effort” does nothing to bring the country’s legislation to where it should be.   The minimum age limit for all forms of gambling in the Republic of Ireland is to be set at 18 years old under new legislation...

Punters drawn to retro-redemption old favourites

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As the season progresses operators are seeing families trending towards retro-style redemption machines, with new-takes on old favourites offering an experience that in-home consoles and mobile games still cannot match.   Noticing the punters gravitate, a number of operators are planning to invest more in ‘traditional-style pieces’ - games you’d expect to see at a 1950s seaside carnival, but with a...

Cruisin’ Blast: Driving sales into a new era

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The long running Cruis’n driving game series is making its triumphant return with new title Cruis’n Blast.   Designed exclusively for arcades, the high-octane racer has proven popular in venues over the years. Since developer Raw Thrills debuted cross-country themed Cruis’n USA in 1994, over 70,000 units of games within the series have been sold, grossing over $8 billion worldwide. “With the resurging...

Redeeming redemption machines in Britain’s arcades

Coinslot - Redemption UK arcades
Driving home the potential redemption has to increase its market share in Britain’s arcades, two of the country’s leading independent operators give their thoughts on the sector and how it will impact the future of their businesses.   With redemption machines increasingly hailed as the largest growth industry in the FEC sector, those who are yet to fully embrace the practice...