Reflex Gaming has announced its second major business win of the year, concluding an international games deal with BetVictor. Under the terms of the agreement, BetVictor will take the portfolio of Reflex games across their entire international business. The BetVictor distribution agreement is the second step in Reflex Gaming’s online development strategy and follows the contract with William Hill, which was signed at February’s ICE exhibition. Reflex has also confirmed that it is on poised to announce additional business wins with Tier 1 operators in Q3 of 2017.
Former Inspired senior executive Mat Ingram, who was appointed Chief Product Officer at Reflex in July 2016, is pleased with the progress that’s being made and the positive response from the market. “Reflex entered the digital space with a fantastic reputation for creative game content earned in bricks and mortar gaming but as relative online unknowns” he said. “We took the lessons learned at ICE 2016, invested in our infrastructure, invested in the team, signed a RGS deal with Gameiom and have now secured two significant contracts with bluechip, highly respected organisations. Some of the games have been designed specifically for BetVictor and will be exclusive to them. All games in the portfolio have been fully localised to BetVictor’s international requirements and are available on desktop, mobile and tablet.”
The Gambling Commission’s Annual Report and Accounts 2016/17looks back at performance and progress by the organisation over the last financial year.
Strong themes for the Commission have been empowering and protecting consumers, and continuing to raise standards across all gambling sectors. Other key focus areas have been around building partnerships and understanding across industry, government and other regulators, ensuring fair play on the National Lottery and improving regulation.
- launch of a strategy to improve consumer engagement
- setting the social responsibility agenda with the boards of operators through the introduction of assurance statements
- joining forces with regulatory partners such as the Competitions and Markets Authority and Advertising Standards Authority, to take action against unfair and misleading practices by online operators
- revising the Commission’s approach to enforcement, enabling use of the full range of powers to drive up standards across the industry
- a clear focus on Camelot’s performance in protecting the integrity of the National Lottery and ensuring contributions to good causes in the UK are maximised.
Innovative Technology Ltd. (ITL) are pleased to announce independent approval from the European Central Bank (ECB) for their note validator (NV) range. The ECB authenticate validators that successfully recognise the difference between genuine and counterfeit Euro banknotes. ITL’s NV9 USB+, NV10 USB+, NV200 and new NV200 Spectral all received a 100% pass rate during testing last month at De Nederlandsche Bank in Amsterdam.
Damian Roach, Test Currency Engineer, conducted the test in Amsterdam, “Once again, we are proud to have passed the ECB’s strict testing process. The test results independently acknowledge the reliability of our note validator range for their ability to identify genuine Euro banknotes and reject counterfeits. Products were tested with the latest version of our SPF™ technology and passed 100%. We are constantly developing our global currency dataset files, adding new issue notes and known frauds, to ensure we maintain our leading acceptance rates across our note validator range.”
The test results are published to help manufactures choose the counterfeit detection equipment most suitable for their needs. The full listing of the test results can be found on the ECB’s website.
Cruis’n Blast from Raw Thrills continues to dominate the arcade sector earning plaudits from operators proving to be the best new driving game on the market in 2017.
Mark Field, Commercial Director of Playnation has recently ordered more units for summer delivery, commenting, “This is the best new driving game of 2017”.
This follows the testimonial from Will Etherington, Amusement’s Manager of the Hollywood Bowl Group, who said, “Cruis’n Blast is the strongest driving game of the year, showing a considerable level of income above other titles released this year.”
Cruis’n Blast is the latest in the legendary Cruis’n series of driving games debuted in the ‘90s with the arcade smash Cruis’n USA. Cruis’n Blast, takes Cruis’n into the new millennium as players zoom 200 mph through the bustle of London, blast through the exotic wonders of Madagascar, celebrate Carnival in Rio, amaze to the hi tech splendour of Singapore, and drive an earth-shaking thriller through Death Valley which can be viewed on a brand new 43” LCD monitor.
“Raw Thrills / Play Mechanix games not only have the wow-factor in the way they look, the cabinet is revolutionary. They also perform on site in terms of revenue for the operators and also enjoyment for the players,” says James Anderson, Sales & Commercial Director, BNAE.
“Cruis’n Blast is no exception – it has proven to be one of our best-selling titles of this season and figures from our Hollywood Bowl site show it has accelerated past all other new driving titles released this year. This is in line with the results we are seeing throughout Europe and the Middle East and the feedback we are hearing from other global markets like in the USA. We had some initial supply issues from Raw Thrills as demand was so intense but now the situation is improving and stock is arriving all of the time. However, we urge customers to order now as there are still limited allocations available.”
Three hundred licensees enjoyed an entertaining day out, hosted by Ramsgate-based Ivor Thomas Amusements at The Arch Bar in Ramsgate harbour. It was a celebration for 40 years in business and an opportunity to thank their team, suppliers and customers for their support, some of who have traded with the company for 40 years.
Wine tasting by Andrews and beer tasting by Firkin Ales and a sail around the harbour helped give the licensees a day out to remember.
Ivor Thomas showcased their latest fruit machines and new range of ancillary products including glasswashers and icemakers. Top score on the Batman Pinball was won by a customer from Cinque Ports, Robin Dawson, who won a keg of beer kindly donated by Furkin Ales.
The day wouldn’t have be complete without a charity teddy bear raffle which was won by Ross from The Bat and Ball Gravesend, who donate it to the Children’s ward at Darent Valley Hospital. The raffle raised £465.00 and will be donated to Pilgrims Hospices for their valued contribution to the local community.
Operator reaction to Daytona Championship USA has been overwhelmingly positive, according to Sega, which has expanded manufacture of the legendary driving game to a second factory.
“Operators are saying that it is their number one driving game on location this summer,” says Justin Burke from Sega, adding, “Now the first wave of machines are on location we are getting requests from operators for more machines for their estate – you can’t ask for more than that!”
One such operator is Phil Ellis of Teenspirit in Skegness, he comments, “As soon as Daytona was launched we knew we had to have it, we are really pleased with the income, and have now ordered extra ones for the other sites”.
Sega credits many factors to the game’s success; from its dual monitor set up, re-crafting of the original classic tracks, the new recreation of the current Daytona International Speedway to the fantastic ‘instant rematch’ feature.
(picture is Phil Ellis left and Darrell Webb of Sega right).
Strategic body, the Gambling Business Group (GBG), whose members account for the majority of Gross Gaming Yield in the UK, is complying with a Freedom Of Information request which has been forwarded by HM Treasury. The request relates to the GBG’s response to the 4th Anti Money Laundering Directive consultation which it submitted in September 2016.
The GBG was at the forefront of the debate which resulted in the Treasury opting to maintain the status quo and exclude all gambling sectors from the 4th AMLD that were not already included. Peter Hannibal, Chief Executive of the GBG said: “As we write our submissions in the expectation that they will be made public we have no issue with this. However, whilst we were delighted with the Treasury’s conclusion it is interesting to now learn that someone is looking into the background to their decision to maintain the status quo with regard to regulated gambling sectors.”
He added: “We were happy to be able to assist the industry and in 2015 issued an open invitation to the Treasury to visit venues run by GBG member companies, to meet with staff and to witness at first hand the relationship which exists with customers. I was delighted the key people at the Treasury and DCMS were able to take me up on the invitation and spend time in a number of Cashino AGCs, at Wimbledon Stadium, The Hippodrome Casino as well as the Beacon Bingo Club in Cricklewood. Seeing the industry at first hand, talking direct with operators and learning more about the systems and processes that are in place to detect any changes in behaviour or suspicious activities, certainly contributed positively to the debate.”
Fire broke out at the Tir Prince Amusement Park in Towyn, North Wales on Sunday. The fire, which started in a maintenance shed, took two hours to put out. It is believed the fire was electrical and started before the funfair was open to the public.
Adam Williams, the owner of Tir Prince, told The Daily Post, “The fire looked more serious than it actually was, the insulation of the roof caused the black smoke and the smell. The only bad thing about it, it’s a logistical problem as we lost quite a few parts for the go-karts and a lot of them come from Italy, which pretty much closes down in August.” Mr. Williams added, “I’d like to thank the fire crews, they arrived swiftly and were brilliant.”
One of the fastest-growing game development houses, Live 5 Gaming will have welcomed seven new games developers and graphic artists within a 12-month period.
The new recruits, who range from apprentice to senior levels, will join the existing Live 5 Gaming team and constitute a significant expansion for the Wolverhampton-based company.
“It has been a phenomenal 12 months for Live 5 Gaming,” says Lloyd Butler, CEO. “Following the success of Live 5’s first title; “The Sky’s the Limit’ which was such a hit with Sky VEGAS players, we have consolidated our position with Stairway to Heaven and demand has been so incredible, that we are now expanding.”
Live 5’s signature style of feature-rich, pub-style games has resonated with the player base and led to a succession of high-profile orders. To date, Stairway to Heaven has been taken up by Sky Vegas and Rank Group PLC among others. In addition, the company has been awarded its Alderney Gambling Commission Licence.
“Such is the demand for our titles among blue-chip clients that we have had to increase our development schedule to meet the demand,” adds Chairman Roy Howell. “These new appointments reflect a new era for Live 5 Gaming.”
The United Distributing Company has appointed Richard Crompton to its sales team.
Richard Crompton’s family has a long history in the industry, whilst Richard himself brings a lifetime of experience of the manufacturing, operating and sales aspects of the amusements trade.
Richard commented, “I am delighted to join the UDC team. I am looking forward to meeting my old customers and bringing in new ones. UDC has a first-class reputation for quality games and service and an excellent range of products to meet the needs of FECs and Amusement Centres. It’s an exciting prospect to join such a dynamic and forward-looking company.”
Michael Green, UDC Sales Director, added, “Richard brings many years of experience in the industry. We look forward to Richard’s involvement in the continued growth of UDC.”
Mark Horwood, UDC Managing Director, said, “When the time came to expand our sales team Richard was an obvious choice help to continue to grow our business. We’re happy to welcome him to the UDC family.”
Features UDC Sales Team (from left to right) Richard Crompton –Sales Executive, Michael Green – Sales Director, Mark Horwood – Managing Director
Joshua Hurst – Sales Executive