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BANDAI NAMCO Establishes VR/AR/MR Team in Japan

25/07/2018 | No comments

BANDAI NAMCO has established a new development team focused on VR, AR, and MR at its Tokyo headquarters, which will be called BANDI NAMCO Amusement Laboratories Inc. This team will be entirely focused on the development and operation of this style of content for location-based entertainment facilities.

The new group, which will start operations in October this year, will also be responsible for supporting services – software and hardware development; management; and network development for the facilities. It will be based at the BANDAI NAMCO Studios headquarters in Tokyo, Japan with a focus on Bandai Namco’s various Japanese-based facilities, such as VR Zone Shinjuku and VR Zone Portal. The division will work on research and planning of VR game machines for use in such locations. BANDAI NAMCO

 

 

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Joyce Chat Column – July

25/07/2018 | No comments

I received a call from Barry Kirby the other day who informed me that he had broken his leg and he was doing a good turn for a neighbour when this happened. He was helping them to build a rockery in their garden when he slipped and broke his leg. Now his good friend Doug Hession ex Sound Sense who was with Barry when he called me said it wasn’t due to building the rockery his leg got broke, if the truth be known Barry had dropped 10 pence into the rockery and was searching for it. Now Doug I don’t think I believe your story as Barry doesn’t know what 10 pence coins are  – he only deals in at least £10 notes!!  Anyway Barry hope your leg heals soon and you are back out there creating mischief as usual.

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Fantasy Island Launches Europe’s First Two-Player Wheel of Fortune

24/07/2018 | No comments

Sega Amusements International launched ICE’s Wheel of Fortune at this year’s EAG to much fanfare. With a quick roll out across the UK and overseas it has become this year’s “game to have” featuring in the top earning spot for many operators.

Now Sega in partnership with Fantasy Island, in the popular resort town of Skegness in the UK, announce Europe’s first two player set up with Mega Deluxe Marquee. Sega’s Justin Burke said, “Wheel of Fortune has gotten off to a great start, with some operators quickly purchasing a second or third unit where they have multiple locations; it was only a matter of time before someone went for the big display of two games side by side with the mega marquee! The venue at Fantasy Island is the perfect spot for it.”

Edward Mellors, Director at Fantasy Island enthused that “We are so proud to have the first 2 player Wheel of Fortune in Europe, it looks absolutely stunning. It’s a real attraction in its own right on the resort”. 

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Ramsgate’s Pleasurama To Become Temporary Fairground?

18/07/2018 | No comments

 

Ramsgate’s Pleasurama could become a temporary fairground this summer and autumn following an application for a temporary change of use.

The derelict site has stood empty for 20 years and used to be home to a variety of amusements before a fire destroyed it in 1998.

Now the site is being developed by Blueberry Homes Ltd., which submitted the application this month but no decision has yet been made by the council.

The design and access statement submitted alongside the application reads: “It is felt this intended temporary use to this area could help generate additional footfall and business to Marine Esplanade, as well as to Harbour Parade. This currently would be for the forthcoming summer and autumn seasons only. It is not intended for this to become a permanent attraction, but would help by providing seaside attractions for the 2018 season. It would also help to screen the ongoing development of the remainder of the site.”

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A Brave New World for Connected Pub Entertainment

18/07/2018 | No comments

“The player experience in pubs is sub-optimal,” says Russell Wood bluntly. “When a player goes into a bingo hall, a casino or a betting shop, they know what to expect. They can access best of breed content from a number of game design houses. What they get in pubs is patchy, it depends on the operator and the pub group or the individual pub. Even if they find a digital compendium it will not contain the all of the best games on the market.” 

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Sega Exhibits At Fun Asia Expo 2018

16/07/2018 | No comments

Sega Amusements International looks forward to exhibiting at Fun Asia Expo for the first time. In partnership with Fun International, Sega will exhibit its latest games on booth B. Fun Asia Expo is Indonesia’s largest expo for amusements and attractions industry, taking place on 25th to 26th July at the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran, Jakarta.

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Bacta set out party conference campaign

16/07/2018 | No comments

Bacta has outlined a programme of lobbying activities during ‘Party Conference Season’ during which the Association will be taking its arguments on behalf of the industry to all three major political parties. The lobbying programme starts in Brighton on September 17th when the south coast resort will host the Liberal Democrats. One week later and Bacta will be in Liverpool attending the Labour Party Conference (24th and 25th September), followed on the 1st and 2nd October when the Conservative party assembles in Birmingham.

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RGSB Releases New Report on Problem Gambling

11/07/2018 | No comments

A new approach to understanding the full range of harms gambling can have on society was published yesterday and has been described as ‘ground breaking’ by the Gambling Commission.

It was led by Dr Heather Wardle, on behalf of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) – which provides independent advice to the Gambling Commission. The report is the result of close collaboration between the Gambling Commission, GambleAware as funding body, and RGSB. The report calls for views on how the social cost of gambling-related harms can be measured and better understood.

Mapping out for the first time methodology that could be used to quantify the impact gambling can have on relationships, finances and health, the report seeks to:

  • Agree a definition of gambling-related harms that can be used by policy makers and public health officials.
  • Explore how the social and economic impact of gambling-related harms can be better understood, measured and monitored.
  • Set a framework for action that considers how the impact of harms can be felt by individuals, families and communities.
  • Identify the most effective way to estimate the social cost of gambling-related harms.

Gambling Commission Chief Executive, Neil McArthur said: “While the majority of consumers can enjoy gambling without experiencing harm, we cannot forget the devastating effects it can have on some individuals, families and communities. This report shows significant progress in understanding those effects and measuring the impacts on wider society and the economy as a whole. We do not see this as a definitive position – it’s very much a work in progress. We encourage public health officials, academics, the industry and the public to feed back on the report and work with us to set a framework that can help prevent harm to consumers.”

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David Bellis, MBE wins EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 North Award

11/07/2018 | No comments

David Bellis, MBE, Chairman and Founder of Innovative Technology Ltd (ITL) was named EY Entrepreneur of The Year Disruptor category winner for the North at the end of June.

David Bellis has created a number of successful businesses throughout his working life and has a knack for creating the right product at the right time. He has always encouraged the set up and growth of businesses, especially in his home town of Oldham. He has contributed greatly to the cash handling industry having founded Coin Controls and Innovative Technology and has even advised the Royal Mint. Having turned 80 this year he’s not yet ready to retire, there’s still too much to do!

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Jason Slater Raises Funds for Mum’s Hospice

04/07/2018 | No comments

Well done to Jason Slater from NS Gaming Ltd on his 40 mile charity walk on Saturday 12th of May, from Keswick to Barrow, to raise money for the St. John’s Hospice, based in Lancaster.

St. John’s Hospice looked after Jason’s mother in her last month. It really is a very worthy charity and very close to Jason and his family’s heart.

Please support Jason by visiting Jason’s page – Jason and the hospice would be incredibly grateful:https://keswick2barrow.co.uk/walkerdonation?combine=Jason+Slater

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