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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

lanes n games
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...

Chester FEC join forces with Bandai Namco

flipout- chester bandai
A popular FEC in Chester is all set to unveil new gaming attractions as part of a partnership with leading interactive entertainment pioneers Bandai Namco.   Popular trampoline park Flip Out Chester, which is the second-biggest of its kind in the world, will receive over 50 new arcade games over the next few weeks. Head of marketing at Flip Out Chester Darren...

The Arkade changes redemption kiosk strategy

Arkade Somerset
After 23 years of exchanging tickets for prizes in one location, the redemption kiosk of The Arkade in Minehead, Somerset is being moved to a new home on the FEC’s floor.   Owner Marcus Kravis explained that the kiosk’s updated position provides a better view for both staff and players, as well as freeing up some room for new equipment. “Where we...

All rides powered by play say World of Rides

Coinslot - World of Rides
Three to twelve-year-old children continue to remain one of the biggest single influences in choosing a family holiday or dayout destination, and battery rides remain the single most popular pay-to-play children’s rides in these leisure locations. World of Rides are making certain that they are catching this wave.   World of Rides units are free of any pollutants, terrific fun, hugely...

Family Telephone box stands out this summer

Coinslot - JNC Sales Family Telephone Box
One of standout machines so far this summer at the JNC Sales warehouse has certainly been the Family Telephone Box crane, a two player unit designed with family gameplay at the top of its phonebook.   Smaller in footprint and height than its single player predecessor, the Family Telephone Box provides sites with two for the space of one through the...

Operators praise workforce and prioritise consistency post- Brexit

Coinslot - workforce post-Brexit
As an independent committee conducts its report into the role of EU workers following Brexit, Coinslot spoke to seasonal operators about the impact any immigration deal may have on their workforce.   FEC operators have praised staff as the “lifeblood of the industry” and emphasised the importance of an accessible, reliable, and consistent seasonal workforce in post-Brexit Britain. As a Migration Advisory...

Plans to bring bounce to Cleethorpes unveiled

Coinslot - Bounce Revolution
Extreme Bounce Revolution, the leisure company, has unveiled plans for a multi-million pound family entertainment centre in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.   The company is currently requesting permission from North East Lincolnshire Council to build one of the UK’s “first air-supported dome structures”. Paul Johnson, Extreme’s operations director, explained the structure of the proposed building: “It’s effectively a big tent that is blown up...

World of Rides launces ‘Super’ Future Bike range

Coinslot, World of Rides, EAG, David Robinson, future outlander
UK leisure ride manufacturer, World of Rides, has confirmed the release of a new ‘Superhero Future Bike’ range of battery rides designed for operators short on space.   World of Rides has launched a newly designed range of Superhero Future Bike battery rides featuring LED effects which are set to bring higher income to operators according to site tests. The company claims...

Operator choice key for continued success

Coinslot leisure
In the coin-op industry the ability to facilitate the unique needs of operators is key, and this is something John Hood, Leeds Leisure UK sales manager believes stocking a mixture of new and used machines allows the company to provide. Coinslot: How do you view the current performances of used and refurbished machines? John Hood: Our industry is in some ways...

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