SUZOHAPP is pleased to announce that, effective July 2nd, Mike Sigona assumed the role of Global Gaming Product Manager and Business Development Manager for Europe. In his new role, Mike will oversee SUZOHAPP’s global product strategy in the Gaming segment and will implement a growth strategy to enter new markets and increase market share. He will be based in Munich, Germany.
With more than 30 years’ experience in display and touchscreen technology, Mike brings a wealth of executive experience and a significant amount of in-depth knowledge of the Gaming industry and other market segments. Before joining SUZOHAPP, Mike delivered outstanding results at Elo Touch Solutions, holding relevant management positions in Engineering, Sales, Marketing, and as Gaming Market Manager working in conjunction with SUZOHAPP. Over the years, he developed a vast skill set across the entire product development cycle, working directly with customers at each stage to ensure mutual success in the marketplace.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mike to the SUZOHAPP team. Our customers’ needs are becoming more complex and it is crucial to develop innovative solutions to meet their expectations,” stated Wilbert Bieleman, President and Managing Director EMEA. “With his valuable knowledge and expertise, Mike is an excellent addition to our team and will play a central role in driving innovation and business growth.”
Mike Sigona commented, “I am really excited for the opportunity to take on this challenging new role. I look forward to being part of such a talented and dedicated team and contributing to the company’s success.”
Fund raising at June’s highly successful Park Avenue Open Day generated a total of £5,613 for the Bacta Charitable Trust. The sum, which was presented by Electrocoin to Bacta Charitable Trust Chairman, Jimmy Thomas, marked a return to the system by which the industry raises money for the Trust which in turn allocates it across its charity partners. Bacta’s quartet of charity partner organisations comprise Rays Of Sunshine, Teenage Cancer Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Macmillan/Royal Marsden. Under the re-worked administrative structure, the Bacta Charitable Trust will also hold a reserve in order to be able to match fund special initiatives which have been recommended for support by the Bacta regions.
NRM, one of the industry’s leading challenger technology companies, has harnessed the very latest advances in biometrics, to develop Flexi-Tan, an end to end customer engagement and management platform for use at in venue, kiosk tanning operations. Developed in collaboration with tanning business pioneer, William Clark, the NRM smart technology uses finger print recognition and, according to Managing Director, Andrew Ludlow, has applications across the gaming entertainment space, particularly in relation to compliance.
Explaining the background to the project, Andrew Ludlow said: “William came to NRM in early 2015 with a concept for an end to end management platform to be deployed in tanning, a sector in which he has enjoyed great success and in which he is rightly viewed as a pioneer and innovator. The development team at NRM is at its very best when presented with a challenge like this and I’m delighted that thousands of people hours down the line that we have a serious piece of technology that delivers a raft of tangible benefits, including age verification, membership management, marketing, customer tracking and compliance with all of the relevant legislative and regulatory requirements. We have developed the product for William and we work closely with him in its commercialisation and marketing.”
He added: “At NRM we have a ‘whatever it takes’ philosophy and I’m extremely proud of the team for developing such a versatile piece of technology that has such a varied range of applications as we look outside its primary and original function.”
Flexi-Tan is being made available to UK and international operators and is available on a number of finance options and purchase models.
Rapidly expanding game design house Live 5 Gaming has made a key appointment, with Mat Parker joining the team as Creative Director, with a significant shareholding in the company.
Mat joins Live 5 from Inspired Gaming, where he led the creative team and managed the gaming studios. In his new role, he will liaise with key accounts to deliver tailored content and build relationships.
“Having Mat join us, with his background in both retail and online from an internationally recognised gaming brand, will move Live 5 Gaming up to the next level, in graphics, excitement and player engagement,” says Live 5 Gaming CEO Lloyd Butler. “Mat will work closely with myself to create top quality content for our partners. His is the latest in a series of key appointments of industry experts for Live 5 Gaming, to help us build on our success.”
“Live 5 Gaming is rapidly making a name for itself in the gaming sphere with its multi-channel delivery in both online and retail, so this is an exciting time to join,” says Mat. “I am looking forward to working on the many projects around the world, that Lloyd and the Live 5 Gaming team are involved in.”
“Mat is the latest key appointment who joins Live 5 with an equity share in the business,” adds Roy Howell, Chairman. “We see this as crucial to our success, as our staff are fully incentivised and everyone is working towards the same goals. In fact, I would say this is fundamental to everything Live 5 stands for.”
Live 5 Gaming has recently doubled its office space to house its growing team and delivers its innovative titles via NYX and Leander. The company has developed its Synergy system, which is fully integrated into Inspired/Scientific Games/EBT handheld and Blueprint terminals.
RLMS Sales’, Martyn Allsop, is the toast of the Dutch gaming industry after his concept for a trilogy of new low stake machines has become a record breaking reality after he entered a group wide competition run by Novomatic UK to identify big new ideas that would benefit the industry.
Reflecting on his success, which earned him a framed copy of a product advert in addition to £200 of shopping vouchers, the RLMS marketing man said: “Of course I’m delighted that my idea was taken on board and that the machines have been so successful in the Dutch market. The process started at the end of 2016 when the company launched the programme which gave the team the opportunity to pitch ideas to the games designers at Bell-Fruit.
RLMS Sales has strengthened its Burton-based team with the appointment of Kyle Foster, who joins the company as Internal Sales Executive with responsibility for developing the Single Site customer base. The 20year old joins the gaming industry having previously worked in Telecoms where he served as an Account Manager.
Tony Glanville, Managing Director of RLMS Sales, said: “Coming from outside our industry Kyle has brought a fresh pair of eyes to the important role of managing our Single Site business. His account management skills will prove invaluable in a sector which is based on forging strong business relationships based on trust and integrity.”
Commenting on his introduction to the industry Kyle said: “I have been soaking up a vast amount of information and insight from the extremely knowledgeable team at RLMS Sales, learning about the huge range of products, the technologies involved and the internal procedures which drive the business forward within the Novomatic Group of Companies. I am focussed on growing the RLMS Sales Single Site business and implementing a slew of new ideas to further enhance the customer experience and ensure that we continue to deliver a best in breed, premier service.”
Kyle’s direct dial is: 01283 248 217.
A new headquarters building for a company that does business in 18 amusement jurisdictions was opened yesterday in Wales. HB Leisure moved its main offices from Llandudno five miles away to the neighbouring seaside town of Rhyl, which will now be the epicentre of its operating activities which span the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
“When I joined my grandfather’s business 30 years ago there were two of us in an upstairs office over a small arcade,” said chairman Tim Batstone to assembled guests at the opening. “I would never have believed that 30 years later we would have a company serving 17 countries and a staff of 50.”
The opening ceremony was performed by his mother, Hilary, unveiling a commemorative plaque in the foyer of the building, in Ffordd Derwen – an existing premises that the company extensively refurbished to provide showrooms, extensive open-plan offices and warehousing, plus surrounding land for car parking and extensions.
For many years the company had worked out of offices over its Royal Arcade, its flagship location in Mostyn Street, Llandudno. Said Batstone: “We had long ago run out of space there and it was a nightmare for our people to park their cars. Now we have an ideal working location with plenty of room for expansion in the future.”
The much anticipated Playgo cashless gaming app from G-Squared Games has now been deployed into the UK pub sector with installations into six sites over the last week, where it has been installed into 12 machines.
“The initial results of the site test are extremely encouraging. There has been some varied take-up across the sites due to different player demographics, which is what we expected,” stated Jonathan Powell, Director of G Squared Games. “In one location, we have had instant take-up with strong download and transaction figures. In another location relatively few customers have downloaded and used the app, and on another site the manager definitely boosted the number downloads by explaining the app to customers but in the main, customers have found the app for themselves and have been using it successfully,” he adds.
The next stage in the process will be for G Squared Games to expand the site test before rolling out the system fully and making it available to all its customers.
The Playgo App works as a virtual wallet on your smart phone and once it is downloaded, it is possible for the player to load funds from a bank account/debit card. Communication is established with the machine via a QR code – funds can then be transferred to and from the app – and importantly limits on spending can be set. The app features information on responsible gambling and offers the option of self-exclusion.
The Playgo app is completely free of charge for operators to deploy as charges are only incurred when funds are transferred to a machine. Additionally Playgo is machine agnostic so that it can be integrated into virtually any machine with online connectivity.
MPs, including Iain Duncan Smith are calling the Chancellor Philip Hammond ‘morally reprehensible’ for delaying the reduction in FOBT stakes until 2020.
Politicians and industry pundits are astounded by the reported delay in implementing the £2 stake, according to a report in today’s Guardian newspaper.
A letter, seen by the Guardian, criticises the Treasury for prioritising the duty collected from the machines, worth more than £600m a year, over problem gambling.
“On the losses from taxation revenue: firstly it is morally reprehensible that the government is propping up its finances through taking revenue from FOBTs,” said members of the cross-party group on FOBTs, led by Labour’s Carolyn Harris.
They pointed out that the Treasury already expects to make up any tax shortfall by increasing duty on online gambling from April 2019.
“It is not therefore justifiable to continue to gain revenue from FOBTs for a further year when an alternative revenue stream will have been put in place,” says the letter, which is understood to have the support of more than 30 MPs and members of the House of Lords.
Playtech has agreed a deal to become the exclusive bingo and casino platform and content provider for UK market leader Gala Leisure.
The deal will see Playtech’s omni-channel technology power Gala’s gaming offering as it transitions to new brand Buzz Bingo.
Operated using Playtech’s IMS player management system, which supports real-time player engagement and data driven CRM, the deal will also include access to all of
Playtech’s best-performing bingo and slot games on its handheld Electronic Bingo Terminals in Buzz Bingo clubs.
Playtech One’s omni-channel solution is expected to be available across all channels in 2019, meaning Buzz Bingo customers will be able to use their single wallet not only for all online and in-venue play, but also to order food and drinks using one seamless wallet experience.
Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, said: “We are delighted to announce this new strategic partnership with the UK’s market leader in bingo.
“Through Playtech ONE we have proven the value our technology can bring to leading retail brands. Our data driven Omni-channel technology allows operators to devise bespoke, intelligent marketing campaigns and seamless online and offline customer journeys. This means that, on average, an Omni-channel player will spend twice as much as that of a single channel player. We are very excited to be partnering with Gala Leisure and its new Buzz Bingo brand.”