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Gambling Business Group develop cashless payment solution

10/11/2017 | No comments

The Gambling Business Group (GBG) in partnership with Agile Gaming, has completed the development of a cashless payment system designed for the UK AGC and Bingo sectors. With the use of debit card payments in gaming currently prohibited by a Statutory Instrument introduced as part of the 2005 Gambling Act, the GBG has produced a system that processes debit card transactions via an ATR intermediary kiosk. 

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TouchTunes predict key income generation role for Playdium App

10/11/2017 | No comments

By 2019, 20% of Playdium’s cash box income in the UK will be derived from the TouchTunes App, according to forecasts produced by the company. The calculation, which illustrates the importance of providing contemporary jukebox users with a mobile App interface, is based on current usage levels in the UK and the rate of take-up in the US where the App has over 800,000 unique users who are active every month.

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Second UK ‘VR Zone Portal’ Opens in Tunbridge Wells

07/11/2017 | No comments

BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Europe Ltd (BNAE) is pleased to announce the opening of the second VR Zone Portal™ in the UK, at Hollywood Bowl Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Earlier this year, BNAE opened their first Virtual Reality location outside of Japan – in the new Hollywood Bowl at London’s high profile O2 – which was the first location to be chosen outside of Japan to begin the roll out of ‘VR ZONE Portal™’ worldwide to maximize this innovative technology globally.

VR Zone Portal™ Tunbridge Wells within the newly branded Hollywood Bowl in Kent hosts three Bandai Namco Virtual Reality titles: Argyle Shift, Hospital Escape Terror, and the premier release outside of Japan of ‘The Big Fear of Heights Experience’.

Hospital Escape Terror sees players completely restrained within a wheelchair in a creepy, deserted hospital ward. All participants must work together to escape a horrifying fate. Argyle Shift places the player as a test pilot on a mission to drop a space ship into a designated zone, with the help of ‘Eine’ an Artificial Intelligence humanoid friend.

The Big Fear of Heights Experience is a true test of the player’s nerve. Upon entering an elevator of a city hotel, the participant, who is wearing a headset but is free to move around, ascends 200m to the 40th floor way above a busy city. Upon exiting, they must walk across a narrow plank to rescue a kitten – physically pick it up with the wind and sounds of the traffic below and return with it to the ground floor.

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BANDAI NAMCO Reveals Road Map for Success at IAAPA

05/11/2017 | No comments

The IAAPA Show is effectively a road map for the company going forward into the next year and as such there will be a large number of titles on show on the BANDAI NAMCO booth 1000. These include everything from mechanical redemption games through to the latest VR developments.

Visitors to the stand at IAAPA will be able to see a preview of the VR Zone experience from the Shinjuku Japan location for themselves, and hear more about the roll out of locations including the ones in the UK in London and Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

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World of Rides Will Exhibit at the Farm & Holiday Park Show

05/11/2017 | No comments

Three to twelve-year-old children have always been the biggest single influence when choosing a family day-out or holiday destination, and pollution-free battery rides remain the most popular children’s rides in leisure destinations, as they are fully interactive, terrific fun, hugely profitable…. and they can be safely operated either indoors or outdoors, whatever the weather!

The UK’s longest established manufacturer and distributor, World of Rides, has the largest C.E. & H.S.E. approved range Go-Karts, Racing Cars, Quadbikes, Trikes, Tractors, Farm Animals, Driving Schools, Off-Road Cars, Bumper Cars, and Bumper Boats available for every Farm Park and Holiday Park operator!

They will also be launching their brand new FUTURE BIKE with fully interactive LED wheel and underbody displays!

You can view a sample of their range of rides on Stand No 911 in Hall 9 at the Farm & Holiday Park Innovation Exhibition, 8th & 9th November at Birmingham NEC, or on their web site: www.worldofrides.com

 

 

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SUZOHAPP in full force at IAAPA

01/11/2017 | No comments

SUZOHAPP is ready for the upcoming IAAPA Attractions Expo, the largest international tradeshow for the amusements and attractions industry. IAAPA will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from November 14th through November 17th. 

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BANDAI NAMCO Reveals Road Map for Success at IAAPA

01/11/2017 | No comments

The IAAPA Show is effectively a road map for the company going forward into the next year and as such there will be a large number of titles on show on the BANDAI NAMCO booth 1000. These include everything from mechanical redemption games through to the latest VR developments.

Visitors to the stand at IAAPA will be able to see a preview of the VR Zone experience from the Shinjuku Japan location for themselves, and hear more about the roll out of locations including the ones in the UK in London and Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

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Sega Gears Up for IAAPA

31/10/2017 | No comments

As the cold winter approaches and nights are getting longer, we all wish we could get a bit more sunshine. So why not join the Sega team at this year’s IAAPA show from 14th to 17th November on booth 1506 and 1606 at the Orange County Convention Center, in the Sunshine state of Florida.

Visitors to Sega’s booths will experience the hottest new games in the amusements industry. With so many high revenue-generating games to showcase, Sega has committed to two large stands at this year’s show. There will be games from every major category, from video to redemption, prize to kid’s and sports games, the Sega’s booth is not to be missed.

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DP Leisure opens sixth 360 Play FEC

31/10/2017 | No comments

Milton Keynes, UK, based family entertainment centre operator DP Leisure (DPL) has continued the roll out of its 360 Play family play centre brand with the opening of its sixth location, in Farnborough, Hampshire.

The company currently operates successful sites in Milton Keynes, Stevenage, Leicester, Basildon and Redditch and has continued the expansion of what is one of the UK’s leading family play centre brands by opening its newest venue within The Mead’s Shopping Centre in Farnborough.

Housed within a 20,000sq. ft. first floor unit, the new 360 Play venue follows the company’s highly successful entertainment formula with a wide range of activities for all young children, from toddlers up to the age of 12. Everything included is designed so that adults can also join in and engage with their children through play, ensuring the centre offers a true family day out.

As with the existing 360 Play sites, design and master planning of this latest project was carried out by DPL’s sister company, DP Associates (DPA), who also project managed the build. As with the Redditch centre, this latest 360 Play venture is a departure from the norm as far as the location is concerned, with all the other venues being sited on leisure parks or similar, rather than within a shopping centre. The site includes a range of retail stores and the addition of 360 Play brings a whole new offer to the town as a retail and leisure destination for families.

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Joyce’s Column: October

20/10/2017 | No comments

It is with great sadness that I am reporting the recent death of Westminster Automatics Steve Brown who passed away on 9th October aged 61 years, 32 of these years he spent in the industry. Steve had battled with cancer for over 2 years, despite this terrible illness Steve never had dampened spirits, he was always cheerful and looking forward to the future, which alas was not to be. The funeral took place at Upminster, Essex and was attended by his family and many friends and colleagues, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to his wife Ruby, two children Rebecca and Chris, also to Trevor Longley Steve’s long time partner and friend at Westminster Automatics, you were all very lucky to have this wonderful man in your lives.

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