Conservative Party MPs Sir Peter Bottomley and Rt Hon Nick Herbert attended a presentation to honour former Bacta Compliance Officer, Phil Silver and to mark his contribution to the development of a social responsibility culture in Britain’s adult gaming centres, seaside arcades and bingo clubs. Phil Silver received the Bacta Community Award at the presentation hosted by Esther O’Neill and Sarah Clarke of Worthing based Connaught Leisure.
Highlighting his work with social responsibility organisations including GamCare, the national provider of information and support for anyone affected by problem gambling and the Gordon Moody Association, the first charity in the UK dedicated to providing residential treatment to help problem gamblers, Bacta National President Gabi Stergides said: “In a career with Bacta spanning three decades Phil Silver has made what I would argue is the single biggest contribution to social responsibility in the low stake gaming industry. Thanks in no small part to Phil, Bacta was the first gaming industry body to work in partnership with GamCare and his contributions as a Trustee of the Gordon Moody Association have been invaluable. In his role as Bacta’s Compliance Officer he has assisted members implement the social responsibility commitments that are a requirement of being part of the trade association. His contribution to the development of an industry that upholds the highest standards of social responsibility cannot be underestimated.”
The funeral details for long-time industry personality Neil Coates have been announced. Neil, formerly of PCP Micro Products and Electrocoin, who died on May 20, aged 72, will be held at Haycombe Cemetery, Bath, UK, at 10.45 a.m. on Friday, June 8. The cemetery can be found at the postcode BA2 2RQ.
After the funeral, friends and family will convene at the Combe Grove Manor Hotel, Bath, BA2 7HU.
As reported in InterGame/Coin-op Community this week, Neil had been in a nursing home for some years since falling ill in 2008. He leaves a wife and two sons.
BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Europe Ltd (BNAE) has the exclusive rights to Halo: Fire Team Raven, which it will distribute into the EMEA this summer. There will be limited numbers of the four-player version of the game, which has been hailed the most ground-breaking out-of-home gaming experience in decades.
The game received its official launch in Chicago last week and was created by Raw Thrills, in collaboration with Play Mechanix and 343 Industries. Up to 4-players take part in the events of the original Halo storyline from an all new perspective – the ODST soldiers of Fireteam Raven. The aim of the game is to provide cover fire and mission assistance for Master Chief and defeat fan-favourite enemies like the Covenant and Flood. The full arsenal of weapons from across the Halo universe is available to use, while players can enjoy cutting edge 4K graphics on Play Mechanix’ NexaGen™ arcade game engine.
The UK’s fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) issue is resolved… It is an across-the-board £2 maximum stake. The news was released on the government’s ministry and Gambling Commission’s websites early last Thursday.
Neil Coates, who had a long history in the UK coin machine industry beginning with the Peter Simper Organisation in 1985 and ending with Electrocoin, has died aged 72.
Neil had been ill for a number of years and was eventually in a nursing home where he died on Saturday, May 20. In 1989 he formed PCP (Powell, Coates and Powell) Micro Products. He joined Electrocoin to form the Famous Games brand that was subsequently fully incorporated into the Electrocoin Group, but had headed up PCP until 2008.
He fell ill shortly after that and was in a nursing home in Bath for many years. Neil Coates leaves a wife, Marion, two sons and several grandchildren.
The funeral details are not yet known.
The Bulldog Games brand of pushers and redemption equipment, which has reported Q1 sales that are 86 percent ahead of pre-launch forecasts, is being made available to operators on a unique revenue share agreement. RLMS Sales, the exclusive distributors for the Bulldog range, has introduced a ground breaking option that will enable operators to share in the cash box through to the completion of the October half term holidays when they will then be given an option to buy.
Tony Glanville, Managing Director of RLMS Sales, believes the array of purchasing options makes Bulldog a brand that’s accessible to every location and every business type. He explained: “We continue to work very closely with seaside operators and to understand the market dynamics and the contributions that we can make to help maximise profits. Clearly, the most important component part is the development of outstanding product and I’m delighted at the response that we’ve experienced both at EAG when we launched the brand and in the subsequent order book.
“The second area we have focussed on is making the range available to the widest audience possible. The revenue share option is a sign of the confidence that we have in Bulldog. After operators have sited our products for the season we believe that having experienced the products on site that they will exercise the option to purchase. Whatever the outcome they will be able to add the energy and dynamism of the industry’s newest pusher brand to their operation without having to make any capital expenditure. It’s a win-win situation which we are delighted to be able to offer. The shares option is one of a number that RLMS has created for the industry. Operators can take advantage of a two year rental agreement with an option to purchase, an HP arrangement which is available over a two year term and a straightforward purchase. The key objective is to make Bulldog a brand to be enjoyed by everyone.”
The Bulldog brand is manufactured in the UK and is backed by a comprehensive and detailed after sales and technical support which has been developed to keep machine downtime to an absolute minimum.
Happyland Amusements arcade owned by Bournemouth council could be replaced with a new hotel.
The site, , is just yards from the borough’s planned £70 million BIC hotel scheme, which has drawn controversy with claims the council is taking risks with taxpayers’ money.
At the recent Bournemouth Development Plans Conference, attended by developers and major local property owners, Bill Cotton, council executive director of economy and environment, said the borough was looking to market Happyland for redevelopment as a hotel.
However Councillor Philip Broadhead, cabinet member for economic growth, said the council would be seeking interest from the open market rather than investing in redevelopment itself as on the BIC hotel site.
“We have a 999 year lease on it and the Meyrick Estate own the freehold, so everything has to be done by agreement with Meyrick,” he said. “We are trying to put together terms on how we can improve the seafront in general. Nothing is formalised yet, but we are trying to progress something on that site, not for us to do but for the open market to do.”
The new mayor of Southend has promised a ‘massive’ investment in the town’s pier, during his acceptance speech. Derek Jarvis said, “Over the next five years, our iconic pier will benefit from a massive investment to sustain it for the future.Within a couple of years a redesigned pier entrance and new pavilion housing a relocated Pier Museum.”
Mr Jarvis added: “We all have a duty to foster a feeling of wellbeing and pride in our town. It is all too easy to let some of the bad news around drown out everything, that is great and good about the place we live in.”
Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world – extending 1.34 miles into the Thames Estuary. It is a Grade II listed building.
Bulldog Games the pusher and redemption brand that was unveiled to the industry at EAG, has enjoyed a stellar launch with sales 86% ahead of forecasts. The figures cover the first quarter of 2018 and relate to sales of Bulldog’s 4, 6 and 8 player Deal or No Deal models, Monopoly 2p Roll Down, Monopoly Skyscraper and Ben Bones.
RLMS Managing Director, Tony Glanville, whose team is responsible for distributing the Bulldog range in the UK, believes the brand has brought a new zest and energy to what is a mature market. He said: “The response we received from operators at EAG was nothing short of phenomenal and I’m delighted to confirm that the enthusiasm for the Bulldog brand has been sustained and is evident in the order book.
“Bulldog is the result of an extensive and in-depth R&D process which has drawn on the experience and insight gained by consulting with many of the industry’s most knowledgeable and respected FEC operators. Their thinking and vast experience has inspired the brand and it’s that level of attention to detail, the quality of the build – which is exclusively UK-based – and the appeal of exclusive licenses that are instantly recognisable which explain what are fantastic and highly encouraging figures.”
The architects responsible for the Stirling Prize-winning rebuild of Hastings Pier have pledged money to a new crowdfunding campaign to take the attraction into community ownership.
dRMM won the prestigious architecture award in October 2017 for its work on the regeneration of the pier and just a month later, the pier went into administration.
The practice has pledged its design and planning application fee for future work on the pier towards the crowdfunding campaign, which aims to raise an initial £500,000 towards buying and running the venue.
A statement on the crowdfunding page said: ‘Friends of Hastings Pier (FOHP) have created a business plan that will keep the freehold of the pier community-owned while transforming it into a profitable and sustainable business.
‘The bid has a real chance of winning, if we can show that we have community support and financial backing.’
The campaign needs to raise £1 million to convince administrators that it has the ability to sustain the pier for two years.
It said: ‘Raising half a million pounds now from individuals and organisations will keep us “in the game” and encourage other funders to invest alongside you to make our pier a success.’