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TouchTunes App is building income states Leisureplay MD

01/12/2017 | No comments

Income derived from the TouchTunes App is beginning to exceed that of coinage, according to the feedback from one of the country’s leading specialist jukebox operators. Marc Bird, Managing Director of Leisureplay confirmed: “When we first heard about the TouchTunes App we thought it would have niche applications in venues which had smoking areas or those which wanted a secondary unit. The fact is it’s working across a wide range of establishments including those with just a single room. The App is not just a nice thing to have: it’s an important income generator and the gap between App income and coinage is getting smaller and in at least one venue it represents the primary source of income.”

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Joyce’s column: November

21/11/2017 | No comments

UDC’s Richard (Bomber) Crompton caused quite a stir at the recent ACOS show as he left his large bag hanging around near a pillar and the security guard asked me if I knew who it belonged to, and at that time I didn’t. The security guard picked up the bag and went through it and she said it was ok there didn’t appear to be any strange devices in it (I think they might have meant bombs really but were not saying) so the security guard put the bag back beside the pillar, well that was the end of that so I thought, and I was still none the wiser as to who owned the bag.

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bacta bikers raise £8,345 – letter of thanks from Andy Murden

19/11/2017 | No comments

Thought you’d like to see this wonderful collage that our erstwhile photographer Norman “Lensman” Leftly has kindly put together of you, the wonderful people who sponsored the bacta bikers on our “Superheroes” Charity Quest this year! The reception we received was fantastic and I hope we brought some amusement back into our “amusement industry” as we posed for photos at your premises dressed as Batman, Bat Girl, Robin, Superman et al!  Almost all pledges are now in which will bring our total raised for Rays of Sunshine to £8,345! BIG THANKS, we couldn’t have done it without you!     

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Are analogue AWPs just too boring?

15/11/2017 | 1 comment

Last week we received the following comment on one of our stories:

“When are we going to get an article titled “Quality of games produced is crippling UK AWP market”? Because that’s what’s doing it. Some companies have been releasing the same game for over 5 years now. No wonder people are fed up. And now with bonus 10 losing exchanges before you finally get a feature.

Why do people gamble? To win money. You remove that chance and wonder why people don’t bother anymore?

I dare say there are other factors at play but the games themselves are the number one reason. And this damage is being done over a number of years. People don’t bother anymore. Everything is the same.

And if something good is released it might not do well on test because the rot has already set in. You could make a game that will over time do really, really well the test process can kill it resulting in manufacturers just copying each other and going low variance to try and scrape a good test figure. The industry is a mess. Stop blaming other factors. Look closer to home first.”

So – never one to shy away from controversy – Coin-op Community asked around. Industry stalwart IGaming’s Stephen Robins commented, “I agree with the previous comments. A lack of competition in manufacturing will ultimately lead to complete stagnation. This in conjunction with unimaginative legislation will cripple the sector. Perhaps it’s time to ignite the younger players with more lifestyle products, esports for example.”

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Daytona wins Prestigious Brass Ring Award for Best New Product

15/11/2017 | No comments

Sega Amusements International are the proud winners of the prestigious Brass Ring award for Daytona Championship USA, for Best New Product in the Arcade & Video Games Category.

Upon receiving the award Paul Williams, CEO at Sega, commented “This is an amazing start to IAAPA 2017, we are delighted by the award and humbled by the industries recognition for our innovation and the quality of entertainment delivered by Daytona.”

Daytona has been at the top of operators buying list, thanks to the instant re-match feature that players right back into the game thus boosting repeat play. The great looking cabinet design features a video billboard and unique under seat engine features, lit top to bottom the game attracts player’s attention in any location. Players love the game for its superb handling, fun game play, 4-way gear shifter. The operator friendly Tournament and Party mode are very popular amongst operators too.

Sega Amusements International would like to thank the IAAPA awards committee for awarding Daytona Championship USA the new product brass ring award.

To order Daytona now speak to Sega on +44 (0)208 391 8090; +1 (847) 364-9787; sales@segaarcade.com, or contact your local Authorized Sega Distributor.

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Innovative Technology Ltd welcomes Laura Parker, Sales Support Administrator

14/11/2017 | No comments

Innovative Technology Ltd (ITL) is delighted to welcome Laura Parker to their Sales Support Team, based at the Head Office in Oldham, UK. Laura joined ITL in August as Sales Support Administrator and is responsible for processing orders, tracking shipments, account management and other general customer sales support activities. 

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Win an iPad and other Prizes on Sega’s Booth 1606 at IAAPA

10/11/2017 | No comments

Final preparations are underway at Sega as the company looks to showcase a wide lineup of games at IAAPA, from 14th to 17th November on booth 1506 and 1606 at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, USA. Sega’s Lester Travasso explains:

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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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