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Coin-op innovations embrace ICE London’s Spirit of Genius

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Reflecting the theme of this year’s ICE campaign, #spiritofgenius, the major names in the coin-op sector took the opportunity to unveil their latests innovations at the show. That looks set to be another record breaking edition of ICE kicked off last week, bringing together the industry’s biggest names in the British amusements sector under the theme - Spirit of Genius. Speaking...

New business is the icing on the cake for NRM’s Andrew Ludlow

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NRM enjoyed an impressive showing at this year’s ICE London, Andrew Ludlow told Coinslot. And among the showstoppers were its Jigsaw platform and hand-held tablets which hit the mark. NRM took a bigger presence at ICE this year- was it worth it and what were the key products of interest? Andrew Ludlow:I have to say we had a very busy show,with...

ICE 2019 opens in typical record-breaking fashion

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With expectations set high after eight years of successive growth, ICE exhibitors and attendees were not left disappointed. The global gaming industry descended on London Docklands this week for another record-breaking ICE 2019, with the attending amusement contingent making their way back to the ExCel convention centre for the second time in as many months. However, while the destination will be...

Industry shows its strength

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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...

Clarion Gaming to present CHIPS powered wheelchairs at ICE London

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Clarion Gaming will be using ICE London, its flagship event, to present two bespoke powered wheelchairs as part of its partnership programme with children's charity CHIPS. Born out of the gaming industry, CHIPS has donated 520 wheelchairs to children with severe mobility issues. Chairs, which are designed for the specific needs of each child, cost an average of £7,000 each. Eight-year-old...

Swingers creators eyeball second concept

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The concept creators behind one of London’s most exciting leisure brands have entered into an agreement with a real estate firm which will provide them “significant” funds to launch an (as yet mysterious) second concept. Matt Grech-Smith and Jeremy Simmonds of Competitive Socialising launched Swingers as a pop-up crazy golf/food and beverage event in Shoreditch back in 2014 - but...

Hipster bingo concepts opens in Shoreditch

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What is perhaps the nation’s first bespoke hipster bingo club opened its doors last week in London’s trendy east-end. Dabbers in Shoreditch is part bar, part bingo hall, and is aimed squarely at trendy under-30 urbanites: offering the traditional game alongside in-house DJs, a bar stocked with craft ales and cocktails, and a kitchen touting vegan cuisine. Whilst traditional bingo halls...

ACOS: A very British affair

Karen Cooke
The return of an amusement industry event in autumn has gone down well. ACOS has filled the traditional exhibition slot to warm acclaim; it was a show waiting to happen. The woman behind it, Karen Cooke, talks to Coinslot about aspirations and expectations. Karen Cooke knows her stuff; she’s been delivering trade shows for the amusements industry for decades. And...

Independence and agility the perfect storm for success

Storm Gaming
The independent nature of Storm Gaming Technology has given the company the agility necessary to stay on the forefront of the ever changing digital games market. CEO Richard Sheldon explains why. Regarding the current state of the digital gaming market and its prevailing trends, Storm’s Richard Sheldon sees some textbook analysis forming. “In a nutshell, dominated by vertically integrated...

ACOS to focus on networking

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The Autumn Coin-Op Show will place a strong emphasis on networking during its fifth edition at Olympia in London on 3-4 October 2018. According to an ACOS despatch, the organisers will be taking care to ensure that the show remains the perfect opportunity for comparing experiences and exchanging ideas in a relaxed and sociable setting. Expanding on the event’s intentions, Karen...

ACOS to welcome Immersive Leisure Event

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The Autumn Coin-Op show (3 & 4th Oct) will be celebrating its 5th year by welcoming The London Future of Immersive Leisure (FOIL), a ground-breaking event that will run alongside ACOS at the show’s Olympia home. The Future of Immersive Leisure will focus on the business opportunities presented by immersive technology to the UK’s out of home entertainment industry, with...

Registration now open for expanding Autumn Coin-Op Show

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The fifth Autumn Coin-Op Show will take place on 3-4th October and continues to adapt to reflect the fast moving industry it serves. As an entirely UK focused event the show has endeared itself to those at the forefront of the coin-op and amusements sectors, to the point where it is now a must-attend event. The move to Olympia London...

London Resorts push for multiple licence partners

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The seemingly perennial planning stage of the £3.5bn London Resorts theme park is rolling one once more with the release of new information around licence partnerships. The project had started under the banner of entertainment giants Paramount but a split between the company and developers London Resorts Company Holdings (LRCH) was announced last year. It is now understood that the group...

ACOS: New look, new image and firm footings in fashionable west London

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It’s fair to say that west London has always been a familial home for the coin-op industry’s key events. ATEI, the one time world’s premier exhibition occupied the famed Earls Court; the old autumn slot of the former show Preview was entrenched in Hammersmith; and now ACOS is taking up residence at the traditionally popular Olympia for “2018 and...

Locals losing patience after more London Resorts delays

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The proposed London Resorts theme park near Dartford has once more found itself delayed, this time due to oversights in initial planning stages according to the company behind the project. Since it was first announcement in 2012, LCRH has repeatedly delayed submitting plans for the theme park project and now, some six years later, the firm has announced it will...

UK takes centre stage: ICE London breaks all the records

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ICE organiser Clarion Gaming has praised the exhibitor community following its seventh year of growth as the world’s biggest gaming event, with 2018’s expo drawing 33,536 attendees though its doors - an 11 percent increase on last year’s show.   The 2018 edition of ICE London has been officially declared the biggest on record. Following an independent audit of the world’s...

VR heading for the heart of London

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Virtual Reality gaming is set to make its way into the heart of London with the opening of VR Concept at the Gameboxx entertainment space in Elephant and Castle.   The latest showpiece installation in the burgeoning arcade sector will feature an industry first inter-venue league to allow players to compete across a range of sites. Anthony Nixon, director and co-founder of...

Gaming’s Paradice dawns in London

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Industry leaders from trade associations representing some of the world's most influential gaming markets joined forces at the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands this morning (Tuesday, 6 February, 2018) for the official ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the 2018 edition of ICE London. The Trade Association leaders were joined by Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarion...

No let up in Elephant & Castle campaign

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The campaign to block a £1bn regeneration of London’s Elephant & Castle area continued this week with campaigners due to gather at Southwark Town Hall on Tuesday for a second time in two weeks.   The campaigners fear that the plans, submitted by development firm Delancey, despite having been blocked by councillors on January 16, could still gain consent at some...

Presentations confirmed for first ICE Consumer Protection Zone

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A programme of technology-led presentations has been confirmed for the Consumer Protection Zone, a new high profile feature introduced to the show floor at this year’s ICE London, (6-8 February, ExCeL London, UK).   Open to all ICE visitors, the presentations, taking place on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th, will feature sessions on self-exclusion schemes, player analytics, video gaming and eSports,...

New pinball club with 40 machines to open in Croydon

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A large pinball club featuring machines dating back to 1936, and modern day versions such as The Simpsons and Game of Thrones, is to open in Croydon.   Matt Vince, one of ten pinball machine enthusiasts behind Flip Out London, said: “Pinball is having a real resurgence. "A lot of the younger generation are interested. They have pinball games on their phones,...

ACOS at Olympia: Let the games begin

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  ACOS found itself a new venue and new vigour when it moved lock, stock and barrel to Olympia. Always a favourite area for the coin-op market, is it a tester for the industry’s trade show, EAG, to head back to west London?   Albeit without a starter pistol, ACOS kicked off to a flying start at its temporary sanctuary in Olympia...

Kent theme park signs Thames ferry deal

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Developers of the proposed London Resort theme park have signed an agreement with operators of the Thames Clippers service to ferry visitors between London and the amusement site in Kent.   Those wishing to visit the long-mooted London Resort theme park in Swanscombe, Kent may well be able to do so via a Thames ferry service, following the signing of an...

Palace Pier Britain’s most visited free attraction beyond London

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Only three free attractions in London drew more visitors last year than Brighton’s worldfamous seaside amusements icon, according to VisitEngland.   Brighton Palace Pier has once again been revealed as the most-visited free tourist attraction in England outside London. An estimated 4,650,000 fun-seekers enjoyed a day at the pier in 2016, according to VisitEngland’s annual survey of visitor attractions. Only three free attractions...

First virtual reality arcade opens in London

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A swathe of virtual reality technologies now exist and in line with the buzz surrounding the emergent technology, London now boasts its first permanent virtual reality arcade. But does VR have long-term potential for amusements operators?   The first full-scale virtual reality (VR) arcade has opened up in London. Based in Islington, the location was picked for its close proximity to...

DNAVR prepare to alter reality in London

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For those wishing to get away from the mundanity of regular old reality, the first ever full-scale virtual reality arcade will soon be opening in foggy old London town via DNAVR, according to UploadVR.   The opening follows on the back of a string of pop-up installations throughout the capital, without any seeing fit as to create a permanent installation. However, DNAVR...

Sound Leisure installs tracks at St Pancras

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Sound Leisure has recently completed an unusual jukebox installation at London’s St Pancras International station.   The Leeds-based classic jukebox manufacturer has supplied a digital Rocket Jukebox with Milestones in Music technology, which has been placed under the South Eastern Trains platforms. The digital Rocket jukebox combines the latest technology with the stunning retro good looks and it has caused quite a...

London Palace bingo hall moves closer to relocation agreement

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One of the largest bingo venues in the UK, the London Palace bingo hall in Elephant and Castle, could have a new home. A fractious debate over its location, brought on by plans to redevelop its existing home, has finally taken a step forward. The heart of entertainment for many in the Southwark area, all eyes are on whether...

HomeRaffler commences London property lottery

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Potential homeowners in London could get their first step on the ladder for just £5 via a HomeRaffler lottery offering a Blackheath home as its prize.   Home ownership can be seen as a bit of a gamble in market conditions as volatile as they are at present, but a legislation skirting website has taken this a step further and offered...

Oxford Street’s Sisu scores fruit ‘cocktail’ machine

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In some refreshing news for the industry, a coin operated cocktail machine will be installed at an Oxford Street roof bar.   The Nordic-inspired Sisu summer space will be situated on the roof of 535 Oxford Street, or to those who enjoy burning money, The Marriott Hotel, and is being described as a “nature reserve where Londoners can escape the bustle...

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