Batman Begins to bring players together!

20/03/2017 | No comments

When it comes to iconic comic book super heroes there are none more famous than the caped crusader himself, Batman. And when allied to one of the hottest performing multi-players currently on the market, Astra Games’ Batman Begins, his character really does come to life. 

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Joyce’s Column: March

18/03/2017 | No comments

Oliver Murden son of  Electrocoin’s Andrew Murden appears to be following in his dad’s footsteps when it comes to playing music, just like Andrew, Oliver is keen on playing the drums, and played them and sang a Happy Birthday to Andrew on his recent birthday.  Oliver will celebrate his third birthday in Tenerife and I hope that you will be able to reciprocate Andrew and play for Oliver.

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Gamesman Celebrate at ICE

15/03/2017 | No comments

Gamesman was recognised for ‘two decades of innovation’ at February’s ICE Totally Gaming exhibition.  Senior executives from the Esterline Corporation owned gaming equipment components and systems manufacturer, received a celebratory ICE cake from Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarion’s gaming division in a presentation which took place on the third day of the record breaking exhibition.

Reflecting on the three days of business and networking, Gamesman Sales Director, Martin Rigby, said: ‘It was a great honour to be recognised for the hard work and commitment invested by the team over the last 20-years.  ICE is our home show and to a large extent it has been part of our journey from a small and enterprising company focussed almost exclusively on the UK street market to our current status as part of Esterline and with a wholly owned factory in China and an office in Las Vegas.  The contacts, contracts and insight we have gained at ICE over the years has made a significant contribution to our present position in the market.”

He added: “ICE has always delivered and this year’s show was no exception.  There were more people, more countries and more quality than ever before and that’s coming after what was a really good ICE 2016.  ICE sets the tempo for the rest of the year and I’m delighted that Gamesman has got off to such a positive and progressive start to 2017.”

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Dublin Show sees AMATIC Marry Tradition with Technology

14/03/2017 | No comments

AMATIC Industries has a long history of supplying the Irish market – with both electronic roulette and slot machine solutions. Together with local partner Genesis Games, AMATIC Industries has built up a strong market share over the years.

Many Irish players have become accustomed to the AMATIC look. The team at AMATIC appreciates this and have created a special solution for the Irish market. The next-generation roulette wheel offers a host of new benefits and normally this would go hand-in-hand with a new design. The traditional AMATIC design has become a brand in its own right in Ireland. “Therefore, we offer the best of both worlds”, explains Thomas Engstberger of AMATIC. “The Retro electronic wheel offers all the benefits of the former roulette wheel yet it is housed in the design that many players in Ireland know and love. We listen to our customers and when they tell us they want the traditional look with the latest technology, we make this happen. As a family-managed business we know how important it is to provide solutions our customers are looking for”. 

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bacta Midlands Summer Ball – from James Miller

08/03/2017 | No comments

I am pleased to announce this year’s bacta Midlands Summer Ball (please find attached invitation) and Bell Fruit Golf day which will be taking place at a new venue, the  Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel, Birmingham, CV7 7HR (near the NEC) on Friday 9th June 2017.

Last year’s event was a great success, everyone had a very enjoyable evening (just ask Parveen!!) raising an amazing £11,000.00 for Rays of Sunshine.

Due to the success and popularity of last year’s event I expect demand for tables to be extremely high, so I would advise booking early to avoid disappointment.  

Ticket prices remain the same as last year at £55.00 + VAT per person (£550.00 + VAT for tables of 10).

Overnight accommodation at the hotel for bed and breakfast is priced as follows;

Twin/Double £115 per room

Single £105 per room

For Golf day bookings please contact Vanda at Bell Fruit on 

For Ball bookings – tables / seats  please contact either myself on , Nigel Davis on , Vanda Osinska on or Parveen Sharma on

It would be great if could join us this year, your support would be very much appreciated. This will be a night to remember


James Miller

Bacta Midlands Chairman

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Kieran Corrigan National 3 Peaks Challenge

08/03/2017 | No comments

Please see the letter below from Albert Corrigan of HB Leisure who together with his family is attempting the gruelling 3 Peak Challenge on 19th May 2017, raising funds for Rays of Sunshine in memory of his son, Kieran Corrigan.

As many of you may be aware, Kieran worked for HB Leisure in a management role for the Alton Towers/HB arcade operation. Kieran was immensely proud of his role with HB Leisure and was greatly respected. Please follow the link at the end of this email to donate.

“The saying goes ‘ your life can turn on a sixpence’

On the 29th May 2016 our wonderful 21 year old son Kieran suffered what would be a fatal intraventricular Haemorrhage one of the rarest forms anyone can have the misfortune to suffer and almost always with a fatal outcome – no warning no pain – healthy one minute and gone the next. Our lives would never be the same again.

As a family we vowed to continue to celebrate Kieran’s Life through his many interests and achievements and to keep his memory and enthusiasm for life going, by doing and taking part in things important to him.

Kieran was extremely proud of his family heritage within the Amusement Business and was himself the 5th generation of our family to be involved. His love of the business and his constant efforts to make sure children were always catered for to enjoy the best possible time made it perfect to link the KC Challenge to bacta’s partnership with the incredible Rays of Sunshine Charity who bring hope and happiness to seriously ill children in the UK by granting wishes and entertaining hundreds of hospital children.

The KC 3 Peaks challenge is aiming to raise as much money as possible in order that we can grant as many wishes as we can. I (together with family and friends) will start the ascent of Ben Nevis at 5:30pm on the 19th May then onto Scafell Pike and Snowden in order to complete all 3 peaks within the 24 hour period to qualify for a successful challenge.

Please donate as freely as you can so we can reward these amazingly brave children and commemorate the life of an incredibly talented young man who was taken from us far too soon.

Please follow this link to donate to Rays of Sunshine in memory of Kieran


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Rank VAT Case Update by bacta’s John White

01/03/2017 | No comments

A number of members have recently asked me about the state of play with their ‘Linneweber’ or ‘Rank’ VAT claims.  Below is a short summary of the situation.

1.            The Supreme Court ruled in favour of HMRC in 2015. This case, brought by Rank and often referred to as Linneweber 1, challenged HMRC on the grounds of fiscal neutrality.  That is to say that the VAT treatment of similar goods or services should be the same.  The case, which relates to a period between 2002 and 2005, centred on the differing treatments of so-called Section 16 machines (the takings of which were not liable to VAT) and other gaming machines.  Rank argued that they were  sufficiently similar to warrant the same tax treatment and therefore the company should not have paid VAT on the takings on their gaming machines during that period.  As this argument failed in the Supreme Court then claims for this period have been lost. 

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UNIS Starts a New VR Division

01/03/2017 | No comments

UNIS has announced a new partnership with Virtuix, one of the most innovative gaming technology developers in the United States. Together, they aim to bring virtual reality simulations to the next generation, providing a fully immersive, realistic experience.

This partnership has led to UNIS creating a new brand: Fun VR Tech. Created to distribute Active VR experience, Omni Arena, Fun VR Tech provides both the hardware to make simulated experiences possible and the software to enact a wide variety of those experiences. In our opinion, Active VR technology, has the greatest potential to enhance the user experience.

Omni Arena is a commercial Active VR platform that allows customers to immerse themselves fully in a simulated environment. Employing a series of omnidirectional treadmills, the Omni Arena allows users to explore a programmed world from a single location. The treadmills sync with the simulation software, adjusting the user’s position based on where they are within the reality that they are simulating. This allows them to interact with the virtual world just as they would with the external one, creating an experience that is virtually indistinguishable from reality.

The Omni Arena can accommodate between 2 and 5 users at a time, making it ideal for family and group entertainment. Fun VR Tech hopes to make active VR of this kind widely available, allowing gamers, students, and other consumers to take full advantage of this technological marvel.

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Commission Chief Sets out her Vision

21/02/2017 | No comments

Gambling Commission chief executive Sarah Harrison  set out her vision for the future focus of the Gambling Commission and wider industry, as she addressed one of the largest international gaming shows.

Sarah spoke on a number of topics at the World Regulatory Briefing conference within ICE Vox. Her address considered recent market, political and society developments, as well as her reflections on the past 12 months.

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Joyce’s column: February

19/02/2017 | No comments

EAG appeared to have ticked most of the boxes for people, and I  must admit I found it a very enjoyable exhibition.  Well done to Karen Cooke, Lena Lee and their team on the great organisation of the exhibition and it was also great to meet ‘Young Bill’ – Bill Young Karen’s dad who is a lovely man and full of character, and I shall look forward to our next meeting ‘Young Bill.’ 

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