Sunday, November 28, 2021

Tag: Simon Barff

Comment – Time to recognise the human side of business / There may be trouble ahead!

Sketch Comment MPs - leisure spend
Why do politicians think that there isn’t a human side to business? It might be the case in their own industry, but it’s certainly not in our’s. Is it time to tell the parliamentarians that they have to listen to the business community - and that not to do so will be their peril?

Simon Barff: Pub machine revenue making steady recovery ahead of crucial Christmas period

CLMS managed pubs machine data
Software provider CLMS shares its data on pub machine performance over the last few months compared to 2019 figures, with managing director Simon Barff outlining a slow but steady recovery for the pub sector, albeit with some geographical variation due to players shifting away from city centre activity. Is there a new normal on the way?

Barff:“I would envisage a raft of movement in the next six months… with some new and exciting entrants to the market emerging”

Simon Barff CLMS reopening
Last week Simon Barff, MD at CLMS, gave an early indication of how the public were responding to reopening; and at 82 percent of pre-Covid levels, it was..

Comment – Majestic initiative / Why the origins of Covid matter / Play time

Comment piece shipping costs
Mark Jepp and his team at Majestic should be applauded for their latest initiative which ticks so many boxes.

Players make an enthusiastic return to machines

Simon Barff MD CLMS
The first week of reopening has shown machine play reach 82 percent of pre lockdown levels. The figure is uncannily similar to last year’s pattern of return following the first 2020 lockdown. Simon Barff, MD of CLMS, talks us through the early trends.

Government needs to speed things up in order to get the economy moving again

Simon Barff CLMS
Simon Barff understands the need for caution, but the current roadmap is too cautious he feels. For him, the supply chain needs help and it needs it quickly - because the reopening schedule is not going to bring much comfort to those businesses that are really hurting

Three tiers and an industry locked down in all but name

Three Tier Industry lockdown Boris Johnson hospitality
The hospitality and leisure sector seems to have lost patience with what one social posting described as Boris’ bull. And in fairness, this week’s Covid-19 Winter Plan, unveiled by the Prime Minister, did not go down well with an industry that’s spent most of 2020 closed and faces the Christmas to Easter period under threat of closure as it dances around the government’s coronavirus tiers. For amusements and gaming businesses, they’re facing tough decisions and great hardship during another missed key selling season; industry figures offer their take on the PM’s plan.

Barff: Curfew has cost pub gaming a third of its revenue

Pub gaming revenue Simon Barff CLMS data
The MD of data specialists CLMS has denounced the “irrational and irresponsible” actions of government in its clampdown on hospitality - which has cost coin-op stakeholders and the wider pub trade as much as 40 per cent of regular income. Simon Barff talks exclusively to Coinslot about the trends and the future.

Curfew cuts machine play in pubs by 40 per cent

CLMS data pub machine
According to new data from analytics specialist CLMS, the introduction of curfew has seen pub machine takings plummet by well over a third - with Bacta concurring that the scenario facing Cat C operators is “absolutely dire”.

CLMS acquires Machine Insite

Machine Insite Simon Barff
UK-based machine data auditing company, CLMS, has purchased Machine Insite from Vianet.

Best-in-show content

Coinslot Blueprint Aurora
Blueprint Machines is once more set to bring its best in class game content to the EAG show floor, current favourites and new releases alike. Blueprint Machines will show the Community Cash Vault category C game pack at EAG, featuring a number of extremely strong titles including Peter Pan, King Kong Cash, Luck Of The Irish and Deal Or No...

Plain sailing for Blueprint with Thompson Cruises

Coinslot - Blueprint Thompson Cruises
Blueprint Machines has confirmed that the first of its roll-out of B3 machines for Thompson Cruises has been completed.   A total of 14 B3 machines, housed in the company's Aurora cabinet were installed in the Live Casino area of the TUI Discovery 2 by specialist maritime defence and leisure operator OBL Group, ready for a summer season around the Mediterranean. “The...

Blueprint take King of Games right into the heart of Essex

Coinslot Blueprint
Blueprint Machines has confirmed that ‘a significant order’ has been placed for King of Games digital Category C machines by leading independent operator Essex Leisure. The deal follows continued joint development, which has cemented the strong performance of the compendium games. King of Games is the UK market leader for digital Category C, with over 4000 units sited by the end...

Barff: “B3 is a perfect part of the bingo mix”

Coinslot - Blueprint Simon Barff community games b3
With B3 machines still selling strong in both the bingo and AGC sectors, Blueprint Gaming has been closely monitoring player preferences to introduce new ideas in game development.   Blueprint Gaming has been developing new B3 games to meet the growing demands of a market segment that has seen machine numbers go up seven percent across both the AGC and bingo...

Blueprint breaking new ground with community games

Coinslot - Blueprint Simon Barff community games b3
With its latest set of games, Simon Barff from Blueprint is hoping to bring the same success enjoyed by community games in the bingo sector to the AGC market, as the company continues to seek out new and exciting ways to innovate in this exciting format.   It’s a popular refrain among members of the AGC and bingo industries that their...

ICE is the Blueprint for business

Coinslot - ICE is the Blueprint for business
The world's leading gaming expo confirms its status as the place to do business with Blueprint Machines celebrating one of its most successful days at ICE. The status of ICE as a ‘business show’, has been put into sharp relief, following news that Blueprint Gaming had secured orders totalling 1,500 machines by the middle day of the exhibition. According to the...

Alpha Star set to shine bright on debut

Coinslot Blueprint Alphastar
Visitors to EAG will be eagerly seeking out a brand new cabinet from Blueprint Machines, as one of the most popular manufacturers in the marketplace delivers a product packed full of the latest innovations. The Alpha Star from Blueprint Machines will make its debut at the EAG show in January. Once again, Blueprint will set a new industry standard for...

Blueprint Gaming’s Simon Barff – Reaping what you sow

Coinslot Simon Barff Blueprint Games
Simon Barff, MD of Blueprint Games, discusses the foundations on which his company’s success was built in 2016 and how it is using advanced data analysis and hardware to push forward into the new year. Coinslot: How has 2016 been for Blueprint and what are your ambitions for 2017?
 Simon Barff: Blueprint has had an incredible 2016, where we have seen...

Betcom and Blueprint – Making waves across sectors

Coinslot Blueprint
Hot off the presses, the latest from Betcom and Blueprint is already in the field and with a track record of producing strong performing machines, the industry is waiting keenly to snap up whatever the two companies have to offer. Blueprint Machines and Betcom, both part of the Gauselmann Group of companies, have an array of new and fully tested...

Blueprint aim to make its mark on UK gaming

Coinslot Blueprint
Blueprint Gaming’s Simon Barff explains why innovative homegrown branding continues to play the leading role in the company’s success. It’s been another busy year for Blueprint. Still reeling in the success of its Aurora Cabinet - only 18-months old and already a household name in the AGC sector - the UK subsidiary had to double the size of its offices...