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Bacta set out party conference campaign

Zoltan Tundik

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LONDON (July 13, 2018)

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.

Bacta Chief Executive John White believes attendance at the party conferences is central to the association’s ongoing political lobbying. He said: “We’ve just fought a major campaign on B2 stakes and it’s clear that particular battle is far from over. There’s a lot that we still have to do in order to bring forward the implementation date for the £2 FOBT stake. We also have a range of other issues on the industry shopping list not least the implications of Brexit for both manufacturers and destination venues and the importance of infrastructure investment in coastal resorts. The Party Conferences provide us with an opportunity to engage with both politicians and advisers in order to help influence policy and present a fair and accurate representation of the industry.”

The Brighton Palace Pier will be the venue when Bacta host Liberal Democrat Councillors and Christine Jardine MP the Liberal Democrats spokesperson on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in the House of Commons. In Liverpool Bacta will be attending a range of Labour Fringe Events, followed by a reception in Birmingham when the association will be bringing a touch of seaside themed fun to the Conservative party.

John White concluded: “Having a successful, campaigning trade association that can deliver politically is a really important reason for joining Bacta. I believe Bacta, with the help of the membership has shown itself to be an effective force and the party conferences provide us with another opportunity to progress the issues that are important to our members.”

About bacta

Bacta represents the amusement and gaming machine industry in the UK, encompassing high-tech and creative manufacturers, machine suppliers for pubs, clubs and bingo halls, as well as operators of Family Entertainment Centres and over 18s Gaming Centres. Bacta members include the whole of the amusement machine supply chain in the UK, which has a collective turnover of nearly £2bn across more than 500 companies, operating in excess of 310,000 machines.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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SEG Awards: Three Nominations for NSoft

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After the online public voting stage for this year’s SEG Awards to be presented in Milan at the upcoming European Gaming Congress, the official list of the nominees has been announced. The SEG Awarding ceremony will acknowledge the business excellence in 26 categories.

NSoft has been shortlisted in three categories: Best Sports Betting Innovation, Rising Star in the Virtual Sports/Fantasy Sports as well as Best Overall Virtual Sports/Fantasy Sports Provider in 2019.

“2019 is surely the year where the expert community recognized and wanted to praise our innovations as well as results we have accomplished in the category of virtual sports. We are really proud to be recognized in several occasions as a trustworthy partner who nurtures innovation and always strives for excellence in business. The latest nomination for the SEG Awards proves that we are right on track”, said Dario Jurčić, Chief Business Officer of NSoft.

The European Gaming Congress is scheduled for November 8, 2019, at Radisson Blu Hotel Milan, Italy. The SEG Awards 2019 ceremony will follow the promising panel discussion where industry professionals from different fields of expertise will tackle current topics. NSoft representative, Mr. Zlatan Omerspahic, will participate at the panel discussion: Marketing for Operators in Regulated Markets.

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TITO venues to increase 30 percent in 12 months, claim GeWeTe

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The number of AGCs operating on TITO will increase by 30 percent within a year, according to GeWeTe Sales Manager for UK and Ireland, Mark Edmundson. The projections were made following feedback from customers attending ACOS where the Gauselmann owned company enjoyed a successful show.

“A lot of the conversations that we had with customers at ACOS revolved around TITO with operators looking to increase significantly their volume of TITO enabled machines.” he stated. “Such is the success of TITO and the level of player acceptance that we can safely expect to see the number of AGCs using the system to increase by at least 30 percent by Q4 2020.”

MARS – the Machine Administration Reconciliation System, which was developed by the Gauselmann Group is helping to accelerate the take-up of TITO. Edmundson confirmed: “Although there are a number of TITO and data capture systems on the market, there isn’t a single system that offers all of the features that are available on MARS which is being constantly updated offering enhanced efficiency and improved security.”

Edmundson has also identified a greater emphasis being placed on aesthetics as well as functionality. “Many stand visitors highlighted the contemporary design of our Cash Recycler Premium, which made its UK debut at ACOS” he said. “I think what we are seeing is a need for functional products to also look the part in order to complement the greater emphasis that’s being placed on the design, layout and finish of AGCs, FECs and Bingo Clubs. Products, all products, need to complement and not detract from the environment in which they are sited. Operators are making significant investments to deliver a contemporary consumer experience which is consistent across the board.”

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Play’n GO Announce Integration Agreement with Paddy Power Betfair

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Play’n GO today announced the signing of an agreement with Paddy Power Betfair, which will see the major UK operator provide their catalogue of games to its customer base.

In a rare move, PaddyPower Betfair has chosen to integrate with Play’n GO via a direct integration into their own platform, a sign of their faith in the quality of the supplier’s range of content.

This partnership represents a great positive for both sides. For Paddy Power Betfair, this agreement continues its successful push into slots, augmenting their strong sportsbook offering and reinforcing their brand in the industry.

For Play’n GO, it signifies another major step forward in the UK region and further cements their reputation as the regulated supplier of choice.

The agreement will see Play’n GO content, including successful titles such as Legacy of Egypt, Sword and the Grail, and the recently released Demon, first rolled out on paddypower.com and betfair.com domains, with more markets to follow globally.

Johan Törnqvist, CEO of Play’n GO, gave his thoughts on the agreement between the companies: “This is another step in our plans to partner with leading operators in the UK, and expand our presence in the region. We are excited to bring Paddy Power Betfair and their players our distinctive brand of entertainment. This year has been extremely fruitful for us, and it’s partnerships such as this that allow us to finish 2019 on a high and move into 2020 with a strong foundation.”

Francesco Borsetti, Commercial Director, Betfair Gaming UK, also spoke about the partnership: “We’re delighted to offer our customers an exciting and entertaining array of content from Play’n GO. We aim to offer the widest selection of high-quality slot content and, with Play’n GO, we can continue to do just that.”

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