Monday, September 28, 2020

Tag: FECs

Bacta: Welsh government stance on AGCs is “pendantic”, “outrageous” and “kafkaesque”

Welsh flag business relief grants
Bacta CEO John White has called Cardiff out on its absurd “nothing to do with us” stance, as a rising number of Welsh arcade owners are asked to payback Covid-19 business relief grants. The Principality is being questioned over its principles, questions seemingly it’s not keen to answer.

Face to face: Arcades provide mask guidance

face masks guidance
Arcades across the country are recommending visitors wear face coverings, in order to help operators do all they can to protect against a second wave of Coronavirus.

GeWeTe: Demand for TiTo on the rise

Mark Edmundson GeWeTe TiTO
Increased Covid-19 demands on customer-facing AGC and bingo staff has led to a surge in TiTO enquiries, reports GeWeTe

Scotland confirms indicative date of 24 August for arcades to re-open

Scotland AGCs FECs Arcades re-opening
The Scottish Government gave separate consideration in its review this week to the case of AGCs, FECs, and machines in pubs and bookmakers. Instead of re-opening, they were given a door slammed in their face until 24 August. The industry is distraught.

Masks not required for arcades

masks not essential arcades
As the government mandated the wearing of face masks in all shops and supermarkets from July 24, Bacta understands that visitors to arcades will not be required to wear a face covering.

Gauselmann drives the industry’s call for a cut in MGD

Sascha Blodau Gauselmann MGD cut call
Industry giant Gauselmann is urging the Chancellor to cut MGD to 5 percent and start to rebuild the industry supply chain.

OKTO ready to answer industry’s cashless question, once and for all

OKTO cashless payments solution
International fintech provider OKTO is ready to give Britain’s retail gaming sectors a much needed post-lockdown boost by offering the definitive solution to the longstanding challenge of cashless payments.

“The Government must act very quickly as we are already seeing companies that have been trading for many years close down”

John Stergides Electrocoin
Electrocoin’s John Stergides is in determined mood; all parts of the industry, he argues, have not had the full benefits of support from government and local authorities.

Amusements venues ready for Britain’s grand re-opening

AGCs FECs re-opening
While bowling and casinos will have to wait a while longer before the green light is given, AGCs, piers FECS, and bingo are eager and prepared for Britain’s grand reopening.

Arcades and FECs to open on July 4th

Boris Johnson Lockdown easing BBC News AGCs FECs re-open arcades
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.

Government sticks to AGC postponement despite MP uproar

AGCs U-Turn remain closed AGC
Warnings of arcade redundancies from Bacta, MPs, and arcades across the country have fallen on deaf ears, as the government maintains its last-minute U-turn to push back AGC reopenings to July.

Scottish FECs set for “conditional” July re-opening

Scottish FECs AGCs could open July
Scottish arcades and FECs may be able to return to business on 15 July, subject to the success of wider measures to facilitate a restart to the country’s tourism industry.

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.

Covid-19 crisis prompts 17 percent increase in BALPPA membership

Paul Kelly BALPPA
The British Association of Leisure Parks Piers and Attractions has announced a significant increase in membership during the pandemic.

“Luckily we are a robust industry, one that is always innovating and looking to new opportunities”

Mark Horwood UDC
UDC are closely following the UK Government guidelines and carefully following industry advice in readiness to re-opening. Our plan is to re-open once the government have granted permission for FEC’s to open so that we are able to support our customers from day one.

Is summer cancelled? Machines sector could be closed until Autumn

Machines Sector closed
As ‘Stay Home’ changes to ‘Stay Alert’, the amusement machines sector is expected to stay closed until Autumn despite a 4 July starting date for pubs and restaurants that can be “Covid-19 secure”. Summer is in danger of being cancelled, leaving the industry in need of extended and extensive support.

ATMs being removed from pubs, AGCs and FECs, reports Bacta

ATM Machine
ATMs are being removed from pubs, AGCs and FECs due to changes in commercial terms, according to Bacta, reporting information coming in from its members. To get to the bottom of the issue, the trade body has contacted the UK Treasury, which is currently in the process of producing a report on ‘cash and digital payments’ after consulting interested parties...

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...

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...

“Competition is good”: Operators anticipate LBO entrance to AGC market

Coral:Reel Time
With the maximum stake on FOBTs set to be cut to £2, high-street operators are anticipating the arrival of LBOs on the AGC sector’s shores. But is this potential invasion a threat, or just healthy competition? Operators on Britain’s high streets are anticipating the arrival of LBOs in the AGC market following the DCMS’ decision to reduce the maximum stake...

Redemption reigns supreme

claw game redemption
Redemption has been rising in prominence and performance for FECs for some time, and over on the Kentish coast, manager of Playtime Amusements Steve Dawson believes its influence now dominates the seaside sector.   Operating three FECs on the Kentish coast, Cain’s Amusements is expanding its redemption offering in Coin Castle, one of its two Leysdown-on-Sea venues, in preparation for the...

Luton to welcome new family entertainment centre

luton
  A new family entertainment centre is to open in Luton next month, bolstering the town’s leisure offering just before the school breaks begin to boost the market.   Funtura, a new entertainment centre, is set to open in Luton next month promising fun for all the family featuring a range of arcade games, bumper cars, a soft play area and various...

Lucky 13 for Embed and Nickels and Dimes’ Tilt Studios

Coinslot - FECs Embed Nickels Dimes
The Tilt Studio premiere FECs chain, owned by Nickels and Dime’s, is opening a number of new venues to be fitted by Embed this summer taking the total number to 13.   With three new Tilt Studio locations opening in Hawaii in the next month, Nickels and Dimes continues to rely on Embed as their preferred cashless, point of sale and...

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...

6th annual RAAPA summer forum coming to Minsk

Coinslot - RAAPA Minsk
The Russian Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (RAAPA) is holding its 6th international summer forum in Belarus’s capital Minsk on July 12 -14.   It will be displaying the latest amusement rides and entertainment equipment, whilst also providing a forum for leisure and park professionals to network and exchange ideas. There will also be a variety of presentations and seminars, informative...

Moving towards a seamless player experience

Coinslot - Cashless Solution Steve Short Bandai Namco experience
An increased focus on a streamlined user experience and retail-grade prizes has led to a redemption boom, according to sales manager at Bandai Namco, Steve Short, and going forward signs look just as positive.   What products, or innovations is Bandai Namco bringing to the redemption market? “BNAE has always innovated in this sector, because we could see the potential, for family...

Llandudno Pier warns new pavilion could harm arcade income

Coinslot - Llandudno Pier arcade income
If given the green light, residents of a new apartment block could seek a reduction in the opening hours of one of Llandudno Pier’s vital FECs.   Llandudno Pier owner Adam Williams has warned that the proposed Pier Pavilion development could harm trade at one of its two amusement arcades. In a letter calling on planning officials at Conwy County Borough Council...

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