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Ecuadorian FEC implements Semnox Parafait

Semnox Ecuador FEC
Semnox continues to expand their footprint in South America with the most recent implementation of Parafait at six sites of the Mundijuegos FEC group. “I feel totally satisfied with all the advantages that the system has given to us....

JNC Sales: Bringing “something different” to the seaside

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JNC Sales is looking to bring something different to the seaside this summer comments managing director Tom Clarke and sales executive Sam Coleman...

Oh we do love to be beside the seaside!

FEC Trampoline Play Centre Seaside Bacta
Bacta is fighting on all fronts for the UK amusements sector. “Strength in numbers”, it believes will help drive the industry’s vision forward.

Harry Levy: The turning tides of technology

Harry Levy, virtual reality, redemption, FEC, technology
Whilst the seaside market is one built on timeless appeal, there is an undercurrent of innovation coursing round the coast says Matthew Deith, commercial director at Harry Levy. From virtual reality to the latest in redemption all by way of cashless payment solutions, the technological innovation present in coastal FECs and arcades is clear for all to see.When this is...

Harry Levy: Caterpillar is a new classic

Harry Levy, Caterpillar, fec, pushers
Harry Levy’s three and six player pushers have been causing quite the stir since their recent market debuts and appear set to be a key installation this summer. Harry Levy is renowned for its in-house designed pusher units. The products have been a hallmark of the UK FEC landscape for some time now and the latest in this long line...

Pushers:“The backbone of the FEC” says Martin

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Picking up Monopoly and Cops N Robbers for the coming season, Carousel Amusements operator John Martin believes a winning combination of great products and exciting prizes is key to keeping pushers - “the mainstay of the FEC” - running strong. Over the last four or five years, Carousel Amusements in Westward Ho! has slowly replaced all but one of the...

Great Yarmouth FEC hosts Hollywood action

Great Yarmouth, FEC, Hollywood, amusements
Scenes from upcoming wrestling film ‘Fighting with My Family’,as well as Beatles-inspired movie ‘Yesterday’, were filmed over the last two years in Great Yarmouth, with the former featuring the resort’s Caesar Palace. ‘Fighting with My Family’, which features wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, will use the FEC as the front of a wrestling venue in the movie,while down the road...

Councillor welcomes new FEC in Middleton

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One local legislator has been left chuffed-to-pieces at the news that an old shoe shop in Middleton, near Rochdale, is to get a new lease-on-life in the form of a retro arcade and FEC. The Stylegleam shop on Wood Street has been derelict for some years now, but a recent change-of-use application by Gary Stafford - a new children’s entertainment...

Project focus on giving players more choice, more variety, more entertainment and more fun

Projects, EAG, showcases, fec, agc
Projects’s presence at EAG showcases it’s commitment to delivering both choice and variety to machine players across AGC, FEC and Bingo. The comprehensive offering includes a £70 Cat C, a new ‘Simple Play Plus’ games category, the Wheel Series of high play appeal B3s and Jacks and Jokers, which is the latest addition to the brand’s highly successful range...

Battle of Hastings: FEC controversy continues

Battle of Hastings, FEC, controversy, Amusement Park
Amusement Park in Hastings have been given the go-ahead by local councillors, but continue to face stern opposition from concerned locals. The Stade family have sought and attained permission to expand their main indoor amusement building and to build a new boathouse on the seafront - but have had to repeatedly apply to Hastings Borough Council for the necessary go-aheads...

Mad about TwoBit Circus

TwoBit Circus, FEC
Who said innovation in amusements was dead? Chris Webster has seen the beautiful truth for himself - and it comes in the form of a circus. Last Thursday I saw the future of destination entertainment. Hyperbole this is not. TwoBit Circus is a self-professed “micro amusement arcade” which first opened its doors in Downtown LA’s Arts District in September. Housed in what...

360 Play expands to Northampton

360 Play, expansion, Northampton, FEC, chain
The expansion of FEC chain 360 Play is set to continue, with work already underway on a seventh location. A 20,000 square foot unit in Northampton’s Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre will be home to the new play-centre, which will boast dodgems, a carousel, SPI’s Global Play’s multi- tiered play frame, and the brand’s trademark “360 Street” play area, complete with...

Esports tipped for FEC future

Esports, FEC, Bacta AGM Tech Panel, sega
The Bacta AGM Tech Panel concluded that esports could be the next big thing’ on the horizon for FECs, with all five panelists in agreement about its potential. “Last year 35 million people watched a tournament of people gaming on a console,” explained Trevor Sutton, leisure equipment controller at Namco. “Who’s to say there is not a link there, somewhere,...

Is cashless necessary for the future of FECs?

Cashless payment phone
For pub machines it’s vital, for AGCs it’s important, but is a cashless system necessary for the future of the FEC, holiday park and seaside sector? Last week, Grand Pier owner Michelle Michael, Namco’s Trevor Sutton and Kevin Scott, head of arcades at Bourne Leisure provided their insights via the Bacta AGM Tech panel. Michelle Michael, owner of the Grand Pier,...

End appears nigh for Savoy Amusements site

Savoy Amusements
The pay-to-play future of the seafront site of Rhyl’s Savoy Amusements looks even more uncertain after it was revealed that over £5m could be allocated to bring it back into use...

Dumfries parents aim to DIY the FEC

Dumfries
A couple in the Scottish town of Dumfries are so desperate for a local FEC that they have decided to try and operate one for themselves. So far, the team of two have spent six months and £13,500 of their £15,000 budget identifying two suitable sites for the FEC, one in a new building and the other in an undisclosed...

GameCube: a summer of sport on the TV and Bulldog Games in the FEC

GameCube
Two months into his first British FEC operation, GameCube owner Martin Ng has enjoyed a warm welcome in Bristol and a strong performance from Gamestec-provided machines. So much so, he’s thinking of a second location. With a busy World Cup period and exciting new machines on the ground floor from Bulldog Games, GameCube operator Martin Ng has been enjoying an...

The stalwarts of Bridlington

Shaws Premier Amusements
While big chains such as McDonalds, Woolworths and Marks and Spencer have all fallen off Bridlington’s busiest high street, amusements arcades such as Shaws Premier Amusements have remained stalwart. But for how much longer? With a beautiful harbour, two sandy beaches and several stately FECs, Bridlington has always been one of the most popular resorts alongYorkshire’s coastline - but businesses...

The Bulldog Games range licensed to entertain

Tony Glanville
Monopoly is just one of the licences that RLMS is pushing into the marketplace with major success. But Ben Bones and Hamster’s Ball also are making their mark as impressively. Pushers are playing a central role in developing whole family spend for operators, according to RLMS Sales, exclusive distributors of the Bulldog Games brand. “When we are discussing the family market...

Pushing at an open door? Bacta sees room for dialogue between the Triennial lines

John White
Two weeks after the decision to reduce the maximum stake on FOBTs, the analysis of the wider implications of just what the Review into stakes and prizes and social responsibility means for our industry has begun. Aside from the stake reduction, there was seemingly little else to cheer the industry other than an uplift in stakes and prizes for...

Harry Levy’s Princes and Princesses aims for pusher royalty

Princes & Princesses
Already making waves across the UK FEC market, the Prince and Princesses four player pusher from Harry Levy is a strong addition to any amusements location. Featuring exciting livery and engaging gameplay all housed in a low-footprint unit, the Prince and Princesses pusher is the perfect match for the operator looking to maximise profits per square inch. With two playing positions...

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...

Brexit-shaped staffing gaps add to industry pressure

Southend Pier
While operators further away from larger cities may escape the consequences of Britain’s EU worker exodus, those nearer to London - such as Martin Richardson, operator of Southend’s Happidrome - are starting see one of Brexit’s sharp edges take affect. With costs on the rise, and Cat D stakes and prizes staying the same, the challenge of operating on Britain’s...

Making waves at the coast: Bulldog Games MD on why it always pays to listen

Bulldog games
Peter Collinge has enjoyed an illustrious career spread over four decades and including senior operating roles at Gamestec, Games Media and Inspired Gaming. As Operations Director at Leisure Projects where he was responsible for a 150 coastal arcade operation, he got to understand the nuances and unique characteristics of the seaside business, a background that has served him well...

GameCube launch first FEC with expansion on horizon

Entering the UK market as a new operator, GameCube is set to launch its first UK FEC in Bristol centre this week, with operator Martin Ng looking to expand into London and beyond by the end of the year. GameCube, a new operator to the FEC sector,is set to open its first venue in the centre of Bristol this week,...

Gambling Commission and FOBTs blamed for FEC closure

Talk of the Town FEC
While the bookmakers threaten closures, amusements businesses such as Talk of the Town in Herne Bay continue to suffer from the effects of rising costs and unlevel competition, forcing operator Michael Khoury to sell up.   Talk of the Town in Herne Bay has been sold by operator Michael Khoury, who cited the Gambling Commission and the FOBTs for the venue’s...

Kiddie rides key to continued success

kiddie rides
With great experience both on the manufacturing and operational sides of the Irish leisure market, Shane Murphy, managing director of Tobyco comments on the importance of kiddie rides in the wider gaming landscape. Kiddie rides have been a stalwart of FECs throughout the British isles for decades and their appeal seems to show little signs of slowing. With the new...

Bacta Charitable Trust confirm four partnerships

bacta charitable trust
Bacta members will now be raising much needed funds on behalf of four deserving causes. In addition to the incumbent Rays of Sunshine, the bacta Charitable Trust has agreed to partner the Macmillan/Royal Marsden, Great Ormond Trust Hospital and the Teenage Cancer Trust. The three additional charities were selected by the Trustees following nominations made by Bacta members.   Bacta chief...

Lanes N’ Games grounds virtual reality in authentic relationships

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Located several miles from Silverstone Circuit, Lanes N’ Games gives visitors to Cosgrove Park a chance to virtually race around Britain’s most iconic race track - aided by a strong relationship with the holiday park’s operator.   Operating on the 180-acre Cosgrove Park near Milton Keynes, Lanes N’ Games has invested in Virtual Reality to provide a Silverstone Circuit experience for...

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