Cost of Problem FOBT Gambling Tops £10m

14/02/2018 | 1 comment

The cost of problem gambling associated with FOBTs has topped £10m in a dozen local authority districts, and is concentrated in economically deprived areas, new analysis shows.

Cebr, the economics consultancy, examined the loss of welfare to problem gamblers who use FOBTs, taking into account the impact on their employment, mental and physical health, and financial, family and housing stability amongst other factors.

It estimates a total loss in welfare of £1.12bn to FOBT problem gamblers, which is concentrated in some of the most deprived areas of the UK.

Glasgow City is the local authority most affected, with problem gamblers in Scotland’s largest city suffering to the tune of an estimated £27.06m. The other worst-hit areas are Birmingham (£20.88m), Liverpool (£18.66m), Manchester (£14.58m) and Leeds (£13.96m).

All five local authorities rank highly on the Index of Multiple Deprivation, a Government metric which assesses deprivation across indicators including health, education and crime. Cebr has converted the Government figures into an index ranking local authorities from 0 to 100 (100 representing the most deprived) and the five areas all have scores of over 70, compared to the national average of 59.

Other authorities experiencing particularly high levels of gambling-related harm from FOBTs are the City of Edinburgh (£13.71m), Westminster (£12.73m), Brent (£11.98m), County Durham (£11.24m) and Newham (£10.25m).

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ICE proves a big success for Innovative Technology

14/02/2018 | No comments

Leading cash handling equipment provider Innovative Technology Ltd. (ITL) exhibited their full range of cash handling and TITO products at the largest European gaming exhibition last week. ITL gave new and existing customers a first glimpse of their latest innovation, the NV9 Spectral which attracted considerable interest on the stand.

Enrique Jütten, VP of Sales & Business Development commented, “ICE proved to be a great success for us again this year and we were delighted with the constant stream of visitors to the stand over the three days. A key highlight on our stand was the NV9 Spectral which we showcased on the first day of ICE giving our customers an exclusive first look at this exciting next generation note validator. The NV9 Spectral – The most technically advanced note validator in its class – is a highly secure and technologically advanced banknote validator, offering casino level security. Customers were keen to hear about its optical and mechanical anti-strimming technology which will give operators outstanding fraud protection, alongside extra security features including stained note detection. We know it will prove to be a very popular product when it’s fully launched to the market this Summer. It was also great to see our note validators and SMART Coin System products on a number of fellow exhibitor stands including the NV9 & NV200 inside several sports betting machines.”

ITL’s NV200 Spectral was also a hit for visitors to the ITL stand for the second year running. The state of the art sensing technology offers complete note image capture (highest spectral coverage) to authenticate the validity of notes. The unit boasts 99%+ first time acceptance of new and street grade notes with a note to note processing time of 2 seconds.

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SEGA Reports Resounding Success at EAG!

12/02/2018 | No comments

Europe’s biggest amusement show the EAG Expo was a resounding success for Sega Amusements International the company reports. Having made what General Manager Justin Burke calls “our biggest and most theatrical display of games during the show’s history, we are delighted with the outcome on all fronts”. Games from all amusement genres were exhibited and also on the stand was Sega’s Parts & Customer Service division Sega Total Solutions (STS) and licensed plush & prizes supplier Sega Prize International (SPI).

Sega presented the entire ‘Skill Wall’ in all its glory which includes six top performing game titles. Having grown in popularity, the skill wall includes a range of interactive skill-based games banked together to create a feature in any location. This collection of games creates a ‘family fun zone’ that brings a new level of excitement for players and income for operators. The skill wall includes games such as Bean Bag Toss, Down The Clown, Ice Ball FX and Milk Jug Toss and the latest addition Hoopla.

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Monte Carlo from Electrocoin: In Elektra and Eclipse at ICE

31/01/2018 | No comments

Electrocoin go into ICE 2018 on the crest of a wave as a result of the rave reviews for their Cat C Monte Carlo digital platform. ‘The customer feedback for the new content and increased player selection options has been excellent, even to the extent that one operator has named it as ‘machine of the year’ said Electrocoin’s John Stergides. He added. ‘We will be showing Monte Carlo in the new Elektra cabinet as well as the Gemstar Eclipse rebuild, thus offering options for all sectors of the arcade and single site sectors. Both will feature a library of 22 games with up to 18 being available at any time to the player. We have also included some classic Bar X type games at lower stake and prize settings which will widen the appeal to players in all venues’. 

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EAG hosts latest CHIPS presentation

30/01/2018 | No comments

The biggest smile at last week’s EAG belonged to four year-old, Shakira-Leigh Jolley who became the latest recipient of a  powered wheelchair funded by the gaming industry charity, CHIPS.  Shakira, who has Cerebral Palsy which affects her balance and limits her mobility, received her bespoke chair at a presentation which took place on the middle day of the Bacta owned event.

Linda Lindsay, co-founder of CHIPS said: “I’m delighted to be able to make our latest presentation in front of the industry that has contributed so much to the CHIPS charity.  Since our formation in 2001 we have raised over £2m thanks to the wonderful generosity of our corporate supporters and their customers, the vast majority of whom are active in the UK gaming industry.  CHIPS chairs quite literally change lives, not only impacting  the individual but the family unit as a whole, comprising parents, carers, grandparents and siblings.
“Shakira’s condition means that she falls over frequently and as a result has little or no independence.  Despite this she is unable to receive an NHS funded chair. The sad reality is the demand for powered wheelchairs will always exceed our ability to supply them, but thanks to the outstanding compassion of the gaming industry we are able to give little girls like Shakira the gift of freedom that comes with mobility.”
CHIPS continues to set the highest fundraising standards with 100% of monies raised going towards the provision of powered wheelchairs for children throughout the United Kingdom
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Live 5 Gaming Hits the Ground Running in 2018

30/01/2018 | No comments

 Live 5 Gaming, one of the most rapidly expanding games design houses in the UK right now, reveals its ambitious plans for the first quarter of 2018.

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SUZOHAPP to present market-leading solutions at ICE

30/01/2018 | No comments

The ICE show is set to open its doors in London between the 6th and 8th of February. SUZOHAPP will be exhibiting at Stand #N4-110 to showcase the highlights from its portfolio of unique components and solutions that meets the demands of various gaming market segments.

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EAG and VAE – A World of Play Under One Roof

23/01/2018 | No comments

The newly combined EAG International and Visitor Attraction Expo is now in its 9th year and has grown steadily, this year attracting a record number of exhibitors, including a number of new companies to join the show, the majority of which came from outside of the UK.

It seems likely that they were attracted by the boom in staycations that has had a knock-on effect on the family entertainment centre and holiday park business. A number of high-profile coastal locations have invested heavily in machines and infrastructure in the last couple of years to create destination locations – all the more attractive when the weather is anything but!

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Joyce’s Column – January

23/01/2018 | 1 comment

Well even though the first month of 2018 has virtually gone I would still like to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year and better late than never with my wishes.

The photos in my last chat column that Stephen Robins sent to me have brought back a few memories and two of the people it brought memories for Evelyn Wilkinson ex Suzo and Adrian Cross ex Deith Leisure, Scotland and Adrian says he can remember the great days we used to have at the now defunct Scottish show at Renfrew when both his dad Bob and mum Chris alongside Adrian worked for Deith Lesiure in Scotland. Just wonder Adrian what you are all up to now perhaps you would let me know, and also please pass on my regards to your mum and dad.

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A New Era for Children’s Rides Say SB Machines

03/01/2018 | No comments

A new focus on destination family entertainment from leading arcades is giving the children’s rides sector a major boost, says SB Machines, the leading supplier of quality Italian rides to the UK and Ireland.

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