Kossway provide plaudits for Playdium

20/12/2017 | No comments

Playdium, the game changing jukebox launched by TouchTunes in the UK last year, is having a positive impact on the fortunes of the country’s members’ clubs according to the latest feedback from leading operator Kossway.

Rob Hill at Kossway believes the Playdium has raised the bar in terms of both the role pf pay-to-play music within members’ clubs and the impact it is having on cash box income. Rob told Coinslot: “Over the past few months we have replaced a number of older jukeboxes in our social clubs with the Playdium. The clubs have been delighted with the overall performance of this new jukebox. Their customers have enjoyed both the vast choice of music and general ease of use. The change has, in many cases resulted in a much improved cash box.”

Commenting on the feedback, James Luck, Commercial Director at Soundnet said: “As everyone in the industry will agree the only measure of success that really matters is the cash box and I’m delighted to confirm that the uplifts reported by Rob are being experienced by clubs, pubs and other entertainment venues where the Playdium is sited throughout the country. All of the indicators suggest this trend will continue as the TouchTunes App, the world’s most effective jukebox App, attracts more customers to the Playdium and enhances the status of pay-to-play music as part of the contemporary digital entertainment mix.”

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Free Software Upgrade for Daytona

20/12/2017 | No comments

Sega has released free software upgrade for its award-winning video racing game Daytona Championship USA. Packed with brand new software features and refined existing features this software update amps up the gameplay experience – ‘the best just got a whole lot better!’

  • All New Panoramic Attract Sequence: Now you can watch the attract sequence action explode across all linked screens (minimum 4 linked cabinets required).
  • Improved Handling: Refinements to the car handling makes you feel even closer to the action.
  • Refined Force Feedback: Lets you feel every crash, smash and grind as you fight your way to the finish line.
  • Revised difficulty and AI (Artificial Intelligence): Making the game more accessible for beginners while retaining the classic Daytona challenge for the pros.
  • Upgraded Graphics and Audio: Delivers an immersive experience that captures the essence  of full throttle racing.
  • All New Party Mode: Operators can now schedule private events for parties and automate a unique event for up to 128 named players.
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Bacta confirm first EAG Dinner is sold out

20/12/2017 | No comments

Bacta has been forced to post the sold out signs following what it is describing as a ‘hugely encouraging’ response to its first EAG dinner which is taking place on the Tuesday night of what is the industry’s showpiece UK event. The dinner, which is being held on the Sunborn Super-Yacht hotel situated in Royal Victoria Dock, less than a minute’s walk from ExCeL London, has a capacity of 120 people.

John White, CEO of Bacta, believes the rapid take up of tickets augurs well not only for the 2018 edition of EAG, but for the industry as whole. He said: “EAG sets the tone for the year ahead and I am encouraged at how quickly the EAG Dinner has sold out. Our first offering was to Bacta member exhibitors who snapped up the full availability. The Sunborn is a fantastic luxury venue but the capacity is slightly limiting. If the response to this latest Bacta initiative is positive it could well open up the possibility of reintroducing the Bacta Ball which in its prime was a fantastic celebration of our industry, the perfect social accompaniment to three days of hard business and, it should be said, a great source of funds for the Bacta Charitable Trust.

“From my discussions with Bacta members there is a great deal of optimism surrounding EAG 2018 and I look forward to welcoming the industry to ExCeL in January.”

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Hollywood Bowl customers ‘embrace Embed’ following latest Bandai Namco installation

19/12/2017 | No comments

Customers at the newly refurbished Hollywood Bowl, Oxford (UK) are embracing the cashless revolution with enthusiasm following the installation of the latest Embed Cashless system which has been completed on time and on budget by BANDAI NAMCO Services. The 50 machine venue, which features a range of equipment including video, redemption, pool, prize and sports games, underwent a seamless installation of the Embed system which was completed on November 6th.

Hollywood Bowl’s Mark Francis, confirmed: “The move to cashless at the newly refurbished Hollywood Bowl Oxford is an important step in understanding more about our customers and their favourite games. The valuable insight that Embed provides, can in turn be used to increase frequency of visit through fun and engaging promotions, creating the ultimate customer experience.”

Steve Short, General Manager at BANDAI NAMCO, Management Solutions, explained: “We are using the latest award winning (IAAPA Brass Ring award 2015) Smart Touch Tap readers which incorporates RFID technology. Players top up their cards either at the self-service kiosk or the reception desk point-of-sale and then simply tap on the machines which are fitted with the Reader.

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White’s Week – Look back on Convention

19/12/2017 | No comments

This will be the final White’s Week of 2017.  I hope all members have a very merry, successful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – members may have seen over the weekend reports about the bookmakers’ self-exclusion scheme being tested by a BBC journalist – and falling down badly.  All members are urged to ensure their policies and procedures are bang up to date, staff training is refreshed and extra vigilance is applied to your own self-exclusion system. 

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Joyce’s Column: December

17/12/2017 | 3 comments

Well here we go again the party season is once again upon us, I’m sure it comes around quicker each year but whatever I’m sure most of us enjoy it and there will be a few hangovers out there, but at the time we are eating and drinking hangovers are never thought about and I would think a lot of us have said ‘never again’ of course that is until the next time! Anyway no matter who with, where or how you celebrate this season I would like to extend my good wishes to you all and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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2017 Annual Sales Conference marks the end of a successful year

17/12/2017 | No comments

Last week Innovative Technology’s Annual Sales Conference took place at the UK head office in Oldham with sales staff from around the world gathering for this three-day event. Representatives from Spain, Germany, Italy, America, Czech Republic , Brazil, China and Australia all met to mark the end of a successful year in the ITL calendar. Sales staff shared experiences, targets and looked at plans and projections for 2018.

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Llandudno Pier Plans Cause Controversy

13/12/2017 | No comments

Controversial plans to build a block of apartments and a restaurant on the old pavilion pier site in Llandudno will be discussed this afternoon. The proposal to build 49 apartments, a restaurant and an underground carpark has been called “high quality” by the council’s planning officer, and it is recommended for approval.

However, Adam Williams, managing director of Tir Prince Leisure Group which owns Llandudno Pier says that the town is largely against the plans. He said urgent repairs would not go ahead on the 140-year-old pier while current plans to develop the site were in place.

“There are many good reasons to oppose the pavilion planning application, but the biggest one is undoubtedly the potentially catastrophic impact it would have if the pier is forced to close,” Mr Williams said.

The original pavilion pier theatre was destroyed by fire in 1994 and the site has been derelict ever since. Llandudno Pier has been visited by over six million people in 2017 and there are concerns tourism will be damaged by the development and the potential closure of the pier.



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Phil Mander: Mandy’s obituary

06/12/2017 | 1 comment

Last week Coin-op Community announced that Phil Mander finally succumbed to ill health and his funeral will be held on December 15. Here his wife Mandy shares some details about Phil the family man.

“Phil and I were married 34 years and 2 months to the day. He was the best man I have ever met.  Phil was a passionate family man who loved to be surrounded by his children and family and when he had to finally give up work, he was able to spend some quality time with them and me.  He loved me with every bone in his body and I returned that 100 fold.  We shall all really miss this honest, straight, funny, kind loving man for the rest of our lives.

Phil has four children: Emily (38yrs) Claire (35yrs) – married to Dave – 3 children Mason (6) Noah (2) Max (2) Paul (32yrs) and Aimee (28yrs) – married to Simon

 Aimee and Simon married 2 months and 1 day before Phil passed away and Phil achieved his ultimate goal, and her deepest wish, by walking her down the aisle to give her away to the man of her dreams.  His wedding speech was phenomenal, she was his baby girl. He was absolutely determined to make sure he handed his youngest daughter over properly and we all have fantastic memories that will be with us forever.

Phil was lucky enough to be blessed with 3 amazing grandsons that filled his heart with so much love he did not believe it possible.  Mason, Noah and Max were everything to him he adored them and loved our Wednesdays babysitting.

Things have been so unfairly tough for Phil in the past 16 years.  He has cheated death more than 5 times with pulmonary embolisms that could all have been fatal, he was in constant pain and desperately aware of his body slowing down and becoming less capable.. He hated being incapable of being the stand-up comic we all fell in love with, but he never lost his sense of humour.

Moving to Avebury felt like we had finally found our spiritual home and we both knew this was our home for life, we did not know it would not be for long enough but I have been given permission to have Phils ashes buried in our local church and now he will be with me forever.

Find more details about the funeral here



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SEGA Prize Zone Hatfield

06/12/2017 | 2 comments

by Toby na Nakhorn – arcade editor

In my spare time when not running an arcade I love to check out… Arcades. Having exhausted most of the Namco and Tenpin locations plus seaside towns, feeling nostalgic I typed SEGA into Google to see what had happened to my old haunt in Brighton. Amazingly a new venue popped up, only opened this year. SEGA were back in the UK arcade business? What new games would they have compared to standard locations? And the big question, would there be a life sized Sonic statue? I set out to Hatfield, Hertfordshire, to get answers.

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