Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Tag: Industry

Industry figure Robert Higgins to retire after 45 years

Robert Higgins industry retirement
Following a long and illustrious career in the coin-operated gaming industry, Robert Higgins, latterly of Novomatic Gaming UK, is retiring after 45 years.

Bacta survey reveals almost a third of jobs lost as industry hits breaking point

Bacta survey shocking redundancy reports
As the Government announces further restrictions - including a curfew of 10pm for pubs - a survey of members carried out by Bacta last week reveals shocking rates of redundancy, with almost a third of the workforce having already lost their jobs or with their jobs at imminent risk. The government needs to act now.

Bacta enacts new social responsibility charter

Bacta social responsibility charter gaming industry
As the latest step in updating its social responsibility guidelines, trade body Bacta has followed its well-attended Social Responsibility Exchange of November 2018 with an industry-wide charter ensuring a unified approach to problem gaming. Bacta has announced the enactment of its newly updated Social Responsibility Charter, including the latest guidance on self- exclusion and safer gambling practice. Effective as of 1...

Betcom: Coastal operations are the backbone of the industry

Betcom, coastal operations, King Kong Cash, industry, seaside
Betcom managing director Simon McCarthy is enthused by the good health of the seaside industry and in particular the position of strength the company’s analogue units occupy both by the sea and inland. Coinslot: Have you seen any particular products, or product types finding success ahead of this summer? Simon McCarthy: “We have broken new ground with our rebuilds - King...

Admiral Manchester celebrates return to Piccadilly Gardens in style with industry launch night

Admiral Manchester, Piccadilly Gardens, industry, launch, AGC
Launching its new flagship AGC with two floors of gaming and over 350 machines, Admiral marked its return to Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester after seven years with a VIP night for the industry to remember. Admiral Manchester opened its doors in Piccadilly Gardens for the first time on 28 March following an industry guest VIP night to celebrate the occasion. The...

Reliability, functionality and flexibility will put Two Cherries on top

Two Cherries, solutions, cashless payments, voluntary player tracking
With a few industry players currently looking at providing a solution to the industry’s ongoing cashless challenge, IHL’s Howard Gant explains the qualities he believes will make Two Cherries’ smartphone app the pick of the bunch. What are the most important qualities in a payments smartphone app? Howard Gant: It almost goes without saying that security has to come first, but...

ASK Global: Combining gaming industry expertise with future-proof payment solutions

ASK Global, payment solutions, gaming, industry
After 25 years with some of the biggest brands in the industry, Fivos Polymniou launched his own gaming solutions company in 2017 under the banner ASK Global, which is now introducing the UK market to Italy’s leading cash handling kiosks. Exhibiting at EAG for the first time this year, gaming solutions provider ASK Global has introduced itself to the industry...

Industry heads call for nuance at parliamentary seminar

Industry, politics, parliamentary, seminar
Two prominent voices from the gambling industry have addressed parliament on the issue of children gambling. A seminar held by the All-Party Betting & Gaming Control Group last Tuesday grilled a panel of industry experts on the degree to which children are engaged in underaged gambling, and on prospective methods to stop its occurrence. The Rank Group’s director for public...

A uniquely British sector

Blueprint, cat c, gaming, uk, industry
Having already established itself at the forefront of the Cat C market, the Blueprint dedication to constant improvement remains unwavering, commented Gavin Wright, head of UK sales. Coinslot: What is it about Cat C units that makes them so popular for both consumers and operators? Gavin Wright: Category C occupies a unique place at the heart of the UK pub retail...

Gambling Commission looks to media and telecoms industry for National Lottery innovation

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The Gambling Commission has called upon the media, telecoms and technology industries to help bring innovation to the next National Lottery licence. Speaking at the Media & Telecoms 2019 & Beyond event in London, the Gambling Commission’s Chief Executive, Neil McArthur, addressed more than 450 key players from some of the world’s leading media and communications businesses. The event was the...

Eastbourne slated for town-centre cash injection

Eastbourne, seaside, town-centre, industry, uk
Eaststbourne town council is to set to spend £3m in a drive to improve its town-centre, and make it more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists The funding is being provided by the South East Local Enterprise (SELEP), and will focus on the eastern end of the coastal town’s retail zone - where planners envision new street furniture, signage, soft landscape...

Bringing out the big hitters

JNC sales, redemption machines, industry, easter
Strong EAG debuts for JNC’s latest prize and redemption machines have certainly set the tone this season, and Easter seemingly can’t come soon enough for many of the company’s big hitting redemption products. The new-look sales team of Tom Clarke and Sam Coleman have been busy talking customers through JNC’s most recent releases, with family-focussed redemption games that represent strong...

Semnox Solutions launches new redemption kiosk

Semnox Solutions, redemption kiosk, launch, uk, industry
The new redemption kiosk from Semnox Solutions offers an innovative, automated take on the classic swag shop model. The all new redemption kiosk from Semnox Solutions is the first of its kind in the industry and offers a fast and hassle-free gift redemption process. Customers need merely scan their cards or ticket receipts to see the gifts available based on...

Betting shops prepare for FOBT stake reduction

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Trials are underway in Birmingham aimed at prepping the betting industry for compliance in time for April’s reduction in FOBT stakes. With just six weeks remaining until new and vastly reduced maximum FOBT stakes go into effect, bookmakers have opted to undertake a trial of the new £2 maximum wager limit - in order to assess its potential impact to...

Pub closure rate markedly down – but don’t hold your breath, says CAMRA

Pub closure rate down CAMRA industry
The frequency of pub- closures in the UK has slowed from its dizzyingly high peak in 2014, but remains worryingly high, according to industry observers. Statistics for 2018 show that on an average week last year, 14 pubs closed their doors permanently - that’s down from 29 five years ago. Acknowledging the plight of publicans, government took action in 2017 and...

Industry’s sad about Harry’s

Harry’s Amusements, Weymouth, Industry
It was forecast last week and sadly it happened. One of Weymouth’s much-loved seafront amusement arcades will soon be no more after plans to demolish and replace it with 26 flats were approved. Last week, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s planning committee approved the application for Harry’s Amusements on the resort’s seafront Esplanade. Harry’s was closed in October 2017 when its...

Print marketing continues to make an impression for Shipley

Print marketing, Shipley, industry, creative
As connection between operators and customers increasingly moves into the digital sphere, Shipley Creative took to ICE to demonstrate that - though it packs a digital punch - direct mail marketing still holds the most power to engage. Taking a prominent place in the ICE 2019 Bingo Pavilion, Shipley Creative demonstrated “the perfect marketing mix” for a sector well-versed in...

Industry shows its strength

EAG, london, industry, amusements
The new year has opened with a statement of intent; the amusements and coin-op industry is ready for the challenge. EAG 2019 displayed the best of British last week with a strong balance of tried and tested, new developments and ground-breaking adventures. It was a confident start for the industry to what is going to be...

The industry must be allowed to innovate, says Bacta CEO John White

Industry, triennial, Bacta, innovation
Costs are rising, stakes and prizes have remained stagnant, and the high-street economy is struggling. In the next gaming review (which, in theory, would be this year), the industry must be given “new categories of machines to allow us to innovate”, says Bacta CEO John White. With dust finally setting on the Triennial Review decision, and stakes and prizes on...

BACTA’s moment in the limelight

BACTA, uk, amusements, industry
We all know how narrow a window of opportunity can be and, argues Chris Webster, BACTA must not miss the one currently presenting itself. In another and alternate parallel universe, away from the trials and tribulations of cobbling copy together for this worthy rag,I do a bit of acting. It’s a fickle whore of a business. I’ve been arrested for murder,...

UK video game developers unite

video game, developers, UK, industry
Those working within the UK’s video game industry are to become some of the first in the world to have access to a dedicated trade-union for their sector. A subdivision of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), Game Workers Unite was announced the week before Christmas as the UK’s first video game development union, alongside pledges to crack...

Innovation key to changing ‘High street low’, says Ken Scott

high street, innovation, uk, industry
The warning signs are there according to the latest footfall statistics on Britain’s high streets. A resilient industry must become even more resilient and, suggests Ken Scott, ever more innovative. Just what you want going into Christmas, some festive cheer from the economy - footfall on high streets up and down the country fell 3.2 percent in November compared to...

Stergides warns that “player tracking would kill our industry”

Gabi Stergides Bacta Convention 2018
Outgoing Bacta president Gabi Stergides thanked members for their efforts during the FOBT stake reduction campaign...

Industry pays tribute to life of Roger Stefani

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The industry has been remembering Roger Stefani, a familiar face throughout Fleetwood and a much-respected member of the amusements sector, following his recent passing. Throughout his life Roger notably operated Fleetwood Pier and Harbour Lights Amusements and served as a regional Bacta chairman for the north west. This dedication to the leisure industry meant that he was responsible for countless...

FOBT stakes brought forward: Industry, politicians and finance sector reacts

FOBT, stakes, Industry, politics, finance
Whilst the week may have seen no small degree of political upheaval and dissent, there was near unanimity in the response to the government’s turnaround on the timing of new FOBT stakes. BACTA chief executive John White called it “a victory for common sense,” adding that “there was never any justification for being delayed beyond April 1.” “The right decision...

Reel of Fortune makes it four approvals in a row for Bell-Fruit

The creative team at Bell-Fruit, led by Alastair Harris, has added another string to its bow with confirmation that Reel of Fortune has become its fourth consecutive hi-tech analogue AWP to be approved by a retailer. The game, which has been approved by CLMS, follows the successful launch of Chase The Rainbow,Big Bank Theory, and Robin Hood Prince of Thieve...

All roads lead to Brexit

Paul Kelly, brexit, politics, industry
With investment in the leisure industry highlighting an inherent positivity, the spectre of Brexit appearing ever larger on the horizon looks to bring its own challenges. It is now up to the government to heed the words of those in the know, comments Paul Kelly, CEO at BALPPA. He negotiates his way through a Coinslot Q&A, without the need...

Registration now open for 10th EAG International & VAE

EAG International & VAE, Registration, industry, Visitor Attraction Exp
On 15th-17th January 2019 EAG International & VAE will be celebrating ten years of bringing the amusements and leisure industries together. Now the most important event in the industry calendar, the show has evolved constantly, mirroring the changes within the industries it serves. In 2015 the Visitor Attraction Expo was launched alongside EAG International, with many of the show’s participants...

Pushers’ future safe as Treasury confirms 2p coin will stay

Two pence safe
Britain’s 2 pence coin is safe. The Treasury has ensured the coin’s role in everyday currency and in so doing handed a lifeline to the quintessential symbol of seaside traditions - the pusher machine. The long-term future of the pusher has been saved after the government confirmed it is abandoning plans to get rid of the 2p coin. Last weekend the...

Blackpool Pleasure Beach rides scoop double awards win

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach has celebrated more awards success after two of its rides were voted among the best for thrill-seekers in Europe. The amusement park’s new £16.25m ICON rollercoaster was voted as one of the best new coasters in Europe and Valhalla was named one of the continent’s best water rides at the European Star Awards. In addition, Blackpool Pleasure Beach...