SEGA Amusements International and bowling operator Superbowl UK chose last week’s EAG expo to announce a new operational partnership deal between them. The globally recognised amusement machine giant and established leading family entertainment company signed a contract that covers machine supply to Superbowl UK’s six trading centres, in addition to all the new venues in the future, the first of which will be in Ipswich opening March 2018.
Under the terms of the contracts, SEGA will supply a bespoke amusement offering completely different to all other bowling centres in the UK. The state of the art entertainment offering will utilise SEGA’s latest product range following a £1.5m initial investment across Superbowl UK’s estate.
Paul Williams, Chief Executive Operator at SEGA Amusements International, commented: “We are delighted to have secured this partnership with Superbowl UK. We will showcase amusement areas portraying the very best of SEGA’s diverse portfolio with key products of our own and that of other manufacturers we represent, in particular that of ICE, whose games are synonymous with a successful modern redemption offering. This will be a unique attraction within Superbowl UK that will complement the other onsite entertainment, as well as improving the guest experience.”
BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Europe (BNAE) used the EAG show to display the strength of its many areas of expertise including, manufacturing, distributing, VR, prizes, operations, management solutions, project development and spares and aftersales support.
BNAE also kicked off this year’s EAG in style with an event at The O2 on the Monday evening hosted at the Hollywood Bowl.
“This was an opportunity to invite our strategic partners from all over the world, including manufacturing partners, distributors, customers and suppliers to view the latest innovations in terms of Virtual Reality at the VR ZONE Portal within the location, to scare them silly with the attraction Hospital Escape Terror, entertain them with Argyle Shift and generally thank them for their support,” says Commercial and Sales Director James Anderson.
VR also made a big impact on the BNAE stand with the WePlayVR product from AiSolve drawing big crowds. The attraction is now available with two games; Mayan Adventure and Alien Adventure and future titles were previewed at the show. It joined a hit line-up of amusement machine products from the BANDAI NAMCO stable, as well as those of key manufacturers, including Raw Thrills, Adrenaline Amusements, Andamiro, Apple Industries and Triotech. This year’s new releases on stand 620 featured some of the world’s biggest licences: including DC Comics, Rabbids, Mario, SpongeBob and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
After an overwhelmingly positive response from exhibitors and visitors, ACOS organisers have confirmed that the show will remain at Olympia London for 2018. The event will be held in one hall of the Olympia venue.
Organiser Karen Cooke explains: “This year we’ve been able to secure a single hall which means that the show will have a better flow; everyone will be together and we’ll have a central bar which will be great for networking.
“With its emphasis on doing business in a relaxed environment, ACOS has become a well-loved industry event. We believe that the new location will allow us to adopt a similar layout to that which was so successful at Chelsea, thereby preserving the show’s unique character,” reveals Karen.
ACOS 2018 will take place on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th October. With stand bookings well advanced any company wishing to join the ranks of exhibitors is advised to contact Karen Cooke at the earliest opportunity.
As the only manufacturer in the world producing a vinyl playing jukebox, Sound Leisure is delighted to have supplied an SL45 model for the refurbishment of the first Jazz@PizzaExpress in Dubai.
The project was carried out by award-winning interior designer Sharon Jutla, who referenced the themes of Instagram, with bright pops of Neon lights with hashtag quotes, as well as putting the nightly live music at the centre of the design by relocating the stage to be visible from every table. In addition, Jutla took diners back to the roots of the first ever Jazz@PizzaExpress in London, with a recreation of a London street at the entrance, complete with signage and a red British phone box.
The Sound Leisure SL45 nostalgia jukebox with hand-formed wooden cabinet, champagne dancing bubble tubes and chrome castings and speaker grill fits beautifully into Jutla’s design. It is available to guests at the restaurant on free play and even when not being used reflects the jazz vibe of the venue perfectly. Internally, the proven vinyl playing mechanism holds 70 x 7” vinyl records, playing both ‘A’ & ‘B’ sides.
Betcom, part of the Gauselmann group of companies, enjoyed an excellent EAG show alongside its distributor, UK Gaming Solutions.
During the show, Betcom received confirmation that its latest high tech analogue Category C title Baking Bad has now achieved a clean sweep of retailer approvals. “This was obviously excellent news to be able to pass on to our customers during the EAG show,” says Managing Director Simon McCarthy. “There was a considerable amount of interest in this game prior to EAG, so we welcomed a significant number of visitors to the stand who wanted to see Baking Bad for themselves. Informing them of the full approvals was definitely an added bonus. Our customers have acknowledged our run of strong titles in the last 12 months that have been released into the analogue sphere recognising that Betcom games to be an extremely prudent investment within their machine estates. We will continue to keep up the schedule of quality analogue releases that the UK market has come to expect from our brand in 2018.”
The Bank of England will withdraw legal tender status of the paper £10 note featuring Charles Darwin at 23:59 on Thursday 1 March and is encouraging anyone who still has one to use it. As with any banknote withdrawal, all businesses that handle cash need to plan and prepare for the change.
Retailers and the public no longer have to accept the paper £10 note as payment or in change after 1 March 2018.
The Bank of England have prepared a short checklist that they hope will provide support for our members. Please find attached an A4 withdrawal poster together with a short article.
If you have any questions at all or would like any help or advice, Bacta advises you to contact the Bank of England atBanknote.Enquiries@bankofengland.co.uk.
Ladbrokes Coral has responded to speculation that the UK Secretary of State favours a £2 FOBT stake as the outcome of the triennial review consultation.
Chief executive Jim Mullen said: “The triennial review has been running for over 15 months and throughout that time there has been constant rumour and speculation about potential outcomes, of which this is yet more. It should be noted that the current call for evidence is yet to conclude and industry responses have not yet been submitted to government.
“We are very clear that stake cuts will fail to adequately address any issue of problem gambling. The industry has also always made it clear that a cut to stakes will have serious consequences – resulting in shop closures which will ultimately affect jobs, tax revenue and the funding of racing.
“There is also no evidence that machine customers will switch their spend to sports betting such as horse racing and our experience is that they won’t. Any policy made on this assumption would result in a significant reduction in the level of funding for horse racing.
“We will continue to make the case for a sensible, measured, evidence-led and proportionate response to the public concern regarding these issues and this will be the basis of the evidence submitted as part of the ongoing review.”
RLMS Sales has announced the appointment this week of Reece Newman, who joins the firm as Territory Accounts Manager with responsibility for managing RLMS Sales non gaming and ticket redemption lines. These includes the newly launched Bulldog Games range of products which are exclusive to RLMS Sales in the UK. Newman, whose role became effective from January 2018, brings a depth of knowledge and sales pedigree to the RLMS Sales team, having specialised in these product lines for JNC for six years.
Tony Glanville, Managing Director of RLMS Sales, commented on the appointment, saying: “In Reece we have a new team member who is brimming with enthusiasm, drive and the determination to help push our business forward with our new ticket redemption and non gaming ranges. He brings to the table a huge breadth of product knowledge and an obvious talent for forging strong relationships with stakeholders. We’re delighted to have him on board.”
Newman is already looking forward with anticipation to his latest challenge. He noted: “The move to RLMS Sales represents a great opportunity to be working alongside some of the most respected individuals in the business. As well as having access to an enviable portfolio of Manufacturer Partners including the brand new RLMS Sales exclusive range of Bulldog Games products which were launched at EAG 2018, I can’t wait to get started.”
A solution for the problem of going cashless on AWPs has long flummoxed the industry – however – G Squared Games believes it may have come up with the answer. 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 and then communication is established with the machine via a QR code – funds can be transferred to and from the App – and importantly limits on spending can be set.
The App features information on problem gambling and offers the option of self exclusion – so effectively bypasses the main issues and concerns that the Gambling Commission have raised. John Powell from G Squared doesn’t rule out the possibility of making the App available to other manufacturers of machines via a licence system and says that G Squared is already in talks with the leading retailers who have expressed a keen interest in moving forward with the project.
Image: Jonathan Powell demonstrates the App on stand 340
The Novomatic Group of Companies caused a stir at EAG with the launch of a new brand dedicated to the redemption sector. Bulldog Games is headed by Peter Collinge and will sell redemption titles created by Bell-Fruit and Astra into the UK and International markets.
Taking a prominent position along the back wall of the exhibition hall featuring no fewer than 17 amusement machines, Bulldog has a very British branding which, according to Colllinge, was a conscious decision. “We did some market research and this branding proved to be very popular with consumers. This is a great opportunity for us, we have meetings with a number of potential international distribution partners during the show,” he added. “Clearly the contraction of the traditional Cat C market has been a motivation in the decision of create a redemption brand. Redemption is growing in popularity all over the world.”
Chris Butler, managing director of both Bell-Fruit and Astra Games told InterGame that the copany has two large factories to “feed.”
“I have to keep those factory production lines (60,000sq.ft in Nottingham and 45,000sq.ft in Bridgend) turning out quality machines and bluntly, it is becoming more difficult to do that with a contracting domestic market for gaming machines,” he said.
Butler turned to amusements for a number of reasons. It will help keep the production lines moving, broadens the group’s manufacturing base and makes better use of the creative juices of its R&D teams.