EAG – 17th-19th January 2017
EAG and VAE continue London’s proud tradition of hosting the first major international event for the amusement and attractions sectors, that can be dated back as far as 1936. It represents a unique opportunity to understand the history of an industry and to see the path of its future in a single event. Where better to plan the direction of your business?
Exhibitors at the eighth EAG International have reported a strong show, evidenced by high interest levels from buyers and genuine business written during the event.
EAG Chairman Martin Burlin revealed, “During the show I spoke with a large number of exhibitors. They’ve worked hard to deliver an impressive product showcase and they’ve been rewarded.
At this years EAG, Sega Amusement International have launched two new games from the world-leading redemption manufacturer ICE who have created hit after hit with the likes of Down the Clown, Milk Jug Toss, Whack n Win and inspired many operators to develop the now famous ‘Skill Wall’.
The first game ‘Bean Bag Toss’ fits right into that skill wall and continues on that classic carnival concept. Simple and intuitive, ‘Bean Bag Toss’, has players toss bean bags into target holes on a revolving disc, with the added feature of allowing them to score extra points by getting three holes of the same colour in a row. Sega’s Justin Burke commented, “this game has instant ‘satisfaction factor’ as soon as you throw that first bag, just like Down the Clown the player knows exactly what to do straight away and its good old fashioned fun…timeless!”
The second ICE game to debut is “Screwball”, a fast paced redemption game that also needs no instruction to play. Players spin the paddle controller aiming to get 16 balls into all the available holes in the time given – it’s a frenzy! Burke continued “this game has got a real ‘I wanna play again’ factor and draws a spectating crowd who want to play next”. With two levels of play and an attractive domed cabinet, this will fit into any FEC beautifully.
Instance Automatics Ltd are specialists in coin-operated amusement, vending and redemption machines. Established in 1993, the company’s own brand Maxx Grab Cranes are entertaining to play, generating top income. This year at EAG Instance Automatics will be showcasing their new Maxx Grab Lite Crane – this is their smallest Maxx Grab crane machine with subtle colouring produced especially for pub surroundings.
Industry members who have worked tirelessly for good causes in 2016 will be celebrated at EAG International and VAE. The event, the first of its kind, will take place during the Veterans’ Brunch on the final day of the show.
Organiser Karen Cooke explains: “The idea came out of a discussion with Coin-Op Community, which reports regularly on industry fundraising initiatives from up and down the country. Despite having busy schedules, there are many within our industry who work tirelessly to help others and we feel that it is only right that their efforts are recognised. Coin-Op Community’s Steph Norbury has drawn up a detailed list of fundraising activities but there may be some we haven’t heard about so anyone wishing to make a nomination should contact Steph.”
The event will be held at 11.30 in Seminar Room 2 on Thursday 19th January, during the Veterans’ Brunch. Entry is open to all, but those planning to attend are requested to confirm with Coin-Op Community’s Steph Norbury at email@example.com
There is a plethora of new and tested/proven products on the BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Europe stand at EAG (#630), including a new four-player DC Comics themed, “closed loop” ticket pusher, featuring collectable cards on the playfield.
As Director of International Business Development for Embed, and with an extensive career in the out-of-home entertainment sector, Andrea Bisi enjoys an international perspective on cashless systems in the FEC environment, and a deep understanding of the investment protection and marketing opportunities they can bring.
FatCat SoftWorks has introduced Retro Arcade to its product line-up allowing operators to utilise off-site stock and give their Paragons TT/ TT 09 more than just a makeover.
Featuring 3 fantastic games designed to appeal to the older generation and youngsters alike, Retro Arcade takes the tried and tested principle of the simple gameplay of classic arcade games and blends it with a modern graphical look of modern mobile games. With the additional benefits of all games playable in 1 or 2 player mode, adjustable price of play and manager/operator re-settable high score tables Retro Arcade is designed to finally give something new to vacant SWP space.
Director Paul Slavin comments “The fact Retro Arcade is an entertainment only machine, it can be sited anywhere with no licence or MGD requirement which has opened up new sites to operators. We’ve worked hard on making Retro Arcade a total package and there’s no doubt our decision to use new PC technology along with a full metal facia and acrylic decal set rather than the cheap, short life, stickers and wraps has paid off. The feedback we’ve had from every operator we’ve dealt with has been overwhelming and has forced us into upscaling production to cope with demand. With constant improvements and features being added along with new games in development we’re looking forward to a busy 2017”.
Retro Arcade is available as a simple to fit kit or as a complete machine dependent on operator preference.
Tony Glanville adds “RLMS Sales are delighted to be working with FatCat, Paul and Dave have a proven track record in machine and game development and fully understand the DNA needed to make successful products. Retro Arcade is an exciting addition to the RLMS Sales portfolio and we are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase it to the industry at EAG 2017”.
Operators can see Retro Arcade for yourself at EAG International. Just visit the RLMS Sales stand 740.
BANDAI NAMCO’s incredible range of new games will all be fitted with coin-mechs compatible with the new pound coin, which will be introduced in March 2017.
“Operators can rest assured that any new game delivered from us post EAG 2017 will be ready to accept the new currency, as well as accepting the old coins until they are fully phased out,” said John Crompton, UK Sales Manager.
The first outing for BNAE’s latest line-up of games this year will be the EAG Show at London’s Excel from the 17-19th January.
These will include a new four-player DC Comics themed, “closed loop” ticket pusher, featuring collectable cards on the playfield. The success of Andamiro’s two player SpongeBob Pineapple Arcade closed loop pusher led BNAE to develop a four-player utilizing the valuable DC Comics licence. BNAE will also show the Adrenaline, Crazy Tower game for the first time in Europe. Players use 3D hologram technology to build towers. The higher the tower the more tickets with win on this four player centre piece.
In addition there will be PAC-MAN Smash Slimline – a smaller and more affordable version of the huge hit air hockey table PAC-MAN Smash.
Space Invaders Frenzy, will be shown for the first time with a 108inch screen and fabulous sound effects, incorporating a sit-down cabinet as a shooting ticket redemption game.
Adventure attractions specialist Innovative Leisure will once again be taking part in EAG/VAE on 17th-19th January 2017 at ExCel, London, with one of the largest stand spaces in the Visitor Attraction Expo section of the show.
The company is the exclusive UK and European distributor of a range of high energy, interactive, family orientated attractions suitable for use in a variety of venues, including amusement and theme parks, family entertainment centres, amusement arcades, water parks, safari parks, zoos, farm parks, science centres, visitor attractions and sports and fitness centres. All Innovative Leisure’s products offer fun, physically challenging activities suitable for most age groups – and also provide entertainment for spectators as well as participants!
Already regarded by many as the industry’s premier networking and social event, ‘After Hours at EAG’ will take place on Wednesday 18th January 2017, immediately after the show.
As in previous years, the venue will be Fox@ExCel, one of Dockland’s best-loved bars and conveniently located just yards from the expo floor.
Tickets will be available at the show from exhibiting companies.