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
Betcom, the Gauselmann subsidiary, continues its run of successful analogue releases. The reel products under the Betcom and Blueprint brands are continually achieving significant retailer approvals and the latest title Jackpot Jaws has now achieved a full set of retailer approvals.
The game, which has a stunning, set back shark jaws feature comes from the family of the hugely successful Jugglin Jackpots. It has multiple lapping boards and the player must enter the shark’s mouth in order to feast on big cash prizes.
“We are thrilled that Jackpot Jaws has made a clean sweep of retailer approvals, which follows on from our previous title Immortal 300 which was also very well received by the market. Our next game Shrewlock Holmes is already shaping up to continue this trend,” says Betcom Managing Director Simon McCarthy. “Support for Jackpot Jaws has been out of this world from our customers, who have been very enthusiastic about the look and feel of this game, as well as its heritage,” he adds.
Jackpot Jaws is available exclusively through Betcom distributor PWS, where it can be purchased as a new build, rebuild or door kit.
The Gambling Commission has unveiled a new enforcement strategy which will be used to tackle operators who breach gambling regulations.
The new strategy, which comes into force today, follows the Commission’s consultation: Changes to our enforcement strategy: putting the consumer first.
Key changes include:
- Changes to the Commission’s statement on financial penalties including introducing higher penalties for breaches, particularly where it sees systemic and repeated failings
- Putting all regulatory tools, including licence review (both of the operator and personal management licences), on an equal footing by removing the current bias in favour of settlement (1)
- Using time-limited discounts to create better incentives for early settlement.
Sarah Harrison, Commission Chief Executive, said: “We will use the full range of enforcement powers to ensure operators put customers first and raise standards. The industry can be assured that we will use our powers in a targeted way, and consumers and the public can be assured we will take robust and effective action when gambling companies don’t meet their obligations.”
G-Squared Games has confirmed the appointment of Nick Wheeler to the newly-created position of Sales Manager. Reporting directly to the G-Squared Board, Nick will assume responsibility for sales of the company’s entire product portfolio, with particular focus on Casino King, G-Squared’s ground-breaking digital CAT C compendium.
Commenting on the appointment, G-Squared’s Andrew Powell explained: “Nick has previously occupied key account roles with some of the industry’s largest operators. At G-Squared Games our focus is on developing strong supportive relationships with customers. Nick brings 15 years of operational experience, so he well understands the complex issues confronting today’s operators and retailers. There is a high degree of empathy,” confirmed Andrew.
Nick Wheeler is clearly relishing his new challenge, saying, “G-Squared Games is a company led by people with a total commitment to our industry. The games are fun, dongle free, and deliver real value to both operator and player.
“I already have strong relationships with most of G-Squared’s existing and prospective customers and am excited about offering competitive products from a truly independent manufacturer. The digital AWP sector is rapidly gaining traction and I’m particularly looking forward to promoting Casino King, the only CAT C AWP with true online connectivity. One of my key tasks will be to ensure that operators are aware of the cash box growth and cost savings that Casino King is already achieving,” revealed Nick.
Sean Young, Managing Director of Leisure Electronics and Wexel Gaming, has announced the addition of Simon Wykes, the former leader of Gala and Mecca Bingo, to the Board of Directors of both companies in a non-executive capacity.
Sean commented, “The business is undergoing a period of rapid change since we added the fast growing Wexel Gaming digital business to our long established Leisure Electronics business. Leisure Electronics has been supplying the bingo and gaming industry since 1991. We specialise in the installation, refurbishment and maintenance of bingo clubs and adult gaming centres. Our excellence in electronics combined with our knowledge of the sector (we have nearly 150 years of experience in the team) make us the “go to” supplier for any bingo club or AGC investing in their premises.
“On top of the base business, we are beginning to see rapid growth in our digital business, Wexel Gaming. Wexel is growing rapidly by listening closely to customers and understanding their needs. With space at a premium, Wexel initially delivered tablet fruit machine solutions for AGC’s that were looking to maximise machine numbers within a smaller footprint. We have since developed our tablet solutions further to supply digital bingo in AGC’s, bingo clubs and holiday parks and digital roulette onto cruise ships. We understand the pressures of operating retail premises and so always focus on low cost solutions, both in terms of equipment and running costs. In addition, as we are small and nimble we can offer a vast range of funding options to meet the needs of the customer from capital purchase, revenue share, rental and anything else that can help our customers deliver their financial objectives.
Sunderland City Council’s planning committee is considering proposals to build an amusement centre and/or funfair, a hotel and up to 279 homes in Seaburn. The project is part of Siglion’s vision for Seaburn, which aims to make the most of its seafront location in a bid to attract more visitors to the area.
Regarding this latest application, a planning report states that the vision for the site could “increase the number of visitors to the area which will in turn boost the local economy”.
“As well as boosting tourism, and increasing visitor spend in the area, the development will bring jobs and investment to the city, creating a circle of investment that is vital to the future economic and social wellbeing of the area,” it added.
“This report demonstrates that 207 full-time jobs will be created as a result of the development. In addition to this, 25 jobs are estimated to be generated during the construction phase.”
An economic benefits statement has been prepared to accompany the application, which states that over time, Sunderland’s population has “been in decline and economically it performs poorly in comparison with regional and national statistics