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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White’s Week: The Winners and Losers

18/02/2017 | No comments

With both EAG and ICE out of the way the focus is very much on the Review of Stakes and Prizes and Social Responsibility Measures.  Both shows were a success.  EAG was slightly bigger and had more visitors than last year.  Our political and member engagement at the Show went very well and I left on the Thursday with a great sense of pride in our industry.  My sense on leaving ICE was somewhat different; one of awe at the sheer scale of it.  Each year I marvel at the amount of money and effort that goes into what was once bacta’s show.  How far it has grown since my first ATE (it didn’t even have the ‘I’) back in 1989.  So has technology.  It is that above all that left a lasting impression with me, anticipating what will come next in the world of gambling.  For the machine sector I picked up on two things that interested me; skill-based gambling and the use of VR – gambling in virtual environments on virtual machines.

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MPs supports #Kisses4Wishes as Charity raises over £8000 at Parliamentary Reception

18/02/2017 | No comments

On Tuesday 7th February MPs joined bacta and its guest at a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons in aid of their charity partner, Rays of Sunshine.

MPs met with 15 year old Caitlin Kydd, a Rays of Sunshine Wish child, who developed #Kisses4Wishes. Caitlin has survived bone cancer twice and was granted a wish in 2013. Ahead of Valentine’s day, she has been working tirelessly to help other seriously ill children get their wishes and is hoping to raise £10,000 this Valentine’s.

Bacta would like to thank Sir Peter Bottomley MP for sponsoring this fantastic event and the bacta members who turned out in great numbers for their continued support of our charity fundraising.

Jane Sharpe, CEO of Rays of Sunshine said: “Over the past six years, bacta members have worked tirelessly to help Rays of Sunshine grant magical wishes for seriously ill children across the UK. Members have taken on a host of challenges all in the name of Rays of Sunshine, including cycling 100 miles across London, taking on all 26.2 miles of the London Marathon and even, most recently, taking on 10 Peaks in 24 hours! In addition, some of the members have rolled out Tickets for Wishes, a fantastic campaign that encourages customers to donate their unused tickets to Rays of Sunshine. To date, it’s raised £10,000!

“Through their combined efforts, bacta has raised over £300,000 which has enabled us to grant the greatest wishes of many seriously ill children up and down the country. The Parliamentary Reception was a fantastic way to celebrate all that bacta and Rays of Sunshine have achieved together and we were blown away by the continued generosity of those who attended, raising an amazing £8,000+ on the evening.”

Jason Frost, President of bacta said: “Rays of Sunshine is a fabulous charity that bacta and its members have supported for nearly six years, raising over £300,000.  To see how that support has been translated by Rays of Sunshine into giving such pleasure and joy to children with life-limiting and terminal illnesses has touched every single person in the amusement machine industry.  It was a privilege to celebrate our relationship with some of the children who have received these wishes.”

Guests raised over £8,000, which will go towards fulfilling 10 year old Paige’s wish to go to Center Parcs with her family. Paige is currently living with Epilepsy and Microcephaly and is being treated at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Additionally, one member donated a jukebox valued at £5k to be auctioned and to be divided between two charities – one being Rays of Sunshine. I am always amazed by the generosity of our industry which I am very proud to be part of and I would like to thank all the bacta members who have helped make wishes come true.

The event was sponsored by the bacta Charitable Trust, which has partnered with Rays of Sunshine for the past 6 years, supporting them in raising funds to grant wishes for some of the most deserving young people in the UK on behalf of its sister organisation bacta, the trade association for the amusement machine industry and its supply chain.”


John White, Andrew Percy MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the Northern Powerhouse) at the Department for Communities and Local Government and Caitlin Kydd, wish ambassador for Rays of Sunshine.

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A new Pluto from Heber

14/02/2017 | No comments

A new Pluto PSU power supply for the UK’s Category C (AWP) market was launched at ICE, where Heber has its latest devices on display.

The Pluto PSU is fully compatible with the well-known Sanken SPS SPS077W power supply and will support all customers currently using the Pluto 5 and Pluto 6 embedding gaming platforms.

Heber decided to build its own power supply in response to demand from customers and the company used some of the original designers to ensure that the Pluto PSU is both electrically and mechanically compatible with the old power supply.

Full production of the unit will begin in March and all Sanken users can be confident that the new Pluto PSU is fully supported by Heber and equally reliable.

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Joe Hepworth – HC Terminals

09/02/2017 | No comments

What is your job?

Director at HC Terminals LTD, I am responsible for integrating our international clients’ software on our terminals that we sell around the world. I deal with customers across Europe, Africa, South America and sometimes Asia. Our main window of opportunity for reaching new clients is the ICE show in February which provides us with great opportunity to open new global markets.

What do you enjoy most about it?

Every year brings new characters to this business and I am enjoying starting to build my own client base across the globe. We only export our gaming terminals, so a major perk of the job is the travelling. I was working with a Sports Betting application for our terminals over summer and I was lucky enough to visit and work in Ghana for the primary install.

How did you first become involved in this industry?

My dad, Bob Hepworth, has been in the industry forever and I have always helped out around the workshop, but I started driving the van for him in 2008. I later became more interested in the software and hardware integration with which I still show great interest in.  We then started HC Terminals in 2012 which has gone from strength to strength with our customer base growing each year globally.

Where else have you worked?

I have always worked with my Dad, although I did a brief spell at Waitrose in my younger years, how very middle class of me!

What are the biggest challenges that you feel the industry faces? 

The constant change of legislation in the industry across the globe is very hard to keep up with but sometimes this seems to bring business opportunities rather than challenges. Also, the problems that Brexit may bring to exporting could affect our business massively.

What or who inspires you?

The 2000-2001 Leeds United Squad

What are your future ambitions?

To take over the business when my dad retires and continue to grow my own client base. With the business world getting smaller and smaller each year, new territories seem to become more accessible than ever before so I would like to move into these new areas and hopefully see more of the world that way too.

What are your interests outside of the industry?

I love going to the gym most mornings where I train in powerlifting. I am hoping to one day partake in a competition but injuries seem to keep getting in my way.

I am also a massive fan of all kinds music and love nothing more than going to a festival in the summer months with my mates. We have been to Glastonbury for the last 2 years but last year was just slightly too muddy for me, so I think we will be choosing a sunnier destination this year.

Me and my girlfriend, Sarah, have recently got a Welsh Terrier puppy called Monty. He is now 5 months old and I love seeing the beautiful county of Yorkshire with them whilst going on long walks.

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Why a Reflex is faster than a reaction

06/02/2017 | No comments

Quentin Stott, Managing Director of Reflex Gaming, explains the inroads made by the so called ‘new kids on the digital block’ on why independence equals agility.

12 months on from your official entry into the digital gaming space: what has been achieved since the launch at ICE 2016 and what lessons have been learned?

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Photos from EAG 2017: Norman Leftly

02/02/2017 | No comments

Click this link to see many of the EAGExpo 2017 photos:

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Greatest range ever at ICE from SUZOHAPP

02/02/2017 | No comments

The SUZOHAPP global team extends a warm welcome to all attendees at the ICE tradeshow, set to take place in London between 7th and 9th February. Visitors are all invited to come to stand #N4-110 to discover the latest innovations from SUZOHAPP.

At ICE, SUZOHAPP will be presenting its greatest range ever – a mix of well-known products and solutions alongside a range of new innovations that will be shown for the first time in Europe. 

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