Category: News

21 Jul 2017

We United West Africa!

If you missed it, then you truly missed out. This year’s Sports Betting West Africa is one for the history books.


20 Jul 2017
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UK: political pressure increases to cut Fobt stake

The Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), has staged a photo opportunity at Portcullis House with MPs drawn from across the political spectrum invited to show their support for the ‘Cut the stake. Reduce FOBT Harm’ campaign. MPs were invited to have their photographs taken alongside posters which have been designed to demonstrate the continued cross party political will for a lowering of the stake. One of the branded backdrops represented the amounts lost on FOBTs by geographical region, with London featuring a loss of £497m in 2015/16. Images and content from the photo shoot are being used through social and regional media to continue the political momentum as parliament enters summer recess.

In January the APPG published a Parliamentary Report into Fixed Odds Betting Terminals based on the findings of a six month inquiry which took evidence from, among others, academics, problem gamblers, campaign groups, local authorities, industry experts, Gambling Minister Tracey Crouch, Sarah Harrison, Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission, Chris Kelly, Chair of the Responsible Strategy Gambling Board, Kate Lampard, Chair of Gamble Aware.
Commenting at the launch of the report, APPG Chair Carolyn Harris MP said: “There is now a clear case for the Government to substantially reduce the maximum stake which can be played on FOBTs. The time for prevaricating is over. These machines are easily accessed in the most deprived areas, sucking money out of the pockets of families. I support a responsible gambling industry, but there is nothing responsible about how FOBTs are currently being operated. I urge the Government to take action now.”

20 Jul 2017

Yggdrasil signs Betfred agreement

The direct integration will give Betfred access to Yggdrasil’s entire portfolio of award-winning slots, including recent launches Spiña Colada and Sunny Shores.


19 Jul 2017

Arcade videogame Cruis’n Blast the best driving game of 2017

Cruis’n Blast (Trade Mark and Copyright courtesy of Nintendo) from Raw Thrills continues to dominate the arcade sector earning plaudits from operators proving to be the best new driving game on the market in 2017.

The new driving game is the latest in the legendary Cruis’n series of driving games debuted in the ‘90s with the arcade smash Cruis’n USA. Cruis’n Blast, takes Cruis’n into the new millennium as players zoom 200 mph through the bustle of London, blast through the exotic wonders of Madagascar, celebrate Carnival in Rio, amaze to the hi tech splendour of Singapore, and drive an earth-shaking thriller through Death Valley which can be viewed on a brand new 43” LCD monitor.
For a big success between players and operators. Mark Field, Commercial Director of Playnation has recently ordered more units for summer delivery, commenting, “This is the best new driving game of 2017”.

This follows the testimonial from Will Etherington, Amusement’s Manager of the Hollywood Bowl Group, who said,  “Cruis’n Blast is the strongest driving game of the year, showing a considerable level of income above other titles released this year.”

“Raw Thrills / Play Mechanix games not only have the wow-factor in the way they look, the cabinet is revolutionary.  They also perform on site in terms of revenue for the operators and also enjoyment for the players,” says James Anderson, Sales & Commercial Director, BNAE.

“Cruis’n Blast is no exception – it has proven to be one of our best-selling titles of this season and figures from our Hollywood Bowl site show it has accelerated past all other new driving titles released this year. This is in line with the results we are seeing throughout Europe and the Middle East and the feedback we are hearing from other global markets like in the USA.  We had some initial supply issues from Raw Thrills as demand was so intense but now the situation is improving and stock is arriving all of the time. However, we urge customers to order now as there are still limited allocations available.”