Archive for October 3, 2007

More To Expand Thier ATEi Floor Space

October 3, 2007

This kind of thing always interests me because it makes me wonder who is giving up floor space?

[via Coin-Op News] 

Seven more companies have joined the list increasing their first floor stand space at ATEI 2008.

Namco Bandai Games, JNC Sales, ITM Leisure, SGI Imports, Cosmic Video, Russko Ltd and Game Concepts will be increasing their presence on Earls Court’s first floor by a total of 309 sqm (3,325 sq.ft.), an increase of 58 per cent on their combined presence at the 2007 show.

ATEI 2008, which runs from Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th January at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre, sees Namco Bandai increase their year-on-year stand space from 212 to 300 sqm (+41.5 per cent), JNC Sales from 83 to 127 sqm (+53.0 per cent).

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Stinger Report – Can the Amusements Industry Eliminate the Distributor?

October 3, 2007

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The latest Stinger Report covers a touchy subject in the industry – should the distributor be eliminated? It’s not the first time I’ve heard of this subject being discussed as in the 2005 State of the Industry Report by Play Meter magazine had responses from operators about that very subject. What would the purpose be? To see if the industry as a whole could be more profitable. The theory is that by eliminating the distributor and buying directly from the manufacturer the operator could save money in an “eliminating the middle man” strategy. IT (makers of Golden Tee) attempted this already with some success but it is still far form the norm. Stinger looks at several factors that could lead to major changes within the arcade industry, including Just-In-Time Stocking (deployed in vending),  E-Payment and E-Distribution. Like any major change, something such as this takes time and in some cases doesn’t occur due to a number of reasons. Distributors have their advantages especially when it comes to understanding the region they are located in – my local distributor has been very helpful in getting me started with my arcade.

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AMOA and Fun Expo Report from Play Meter

October 3, 2007

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While it’s not much of a report, it is something. Official numbers: AMOA–3,892 registered attendees, 153 exhibitors, and 482 booths; Fun Expo–1,770 attendees, 221 exhibitors, and 224 booths. There were quite a few good seminars including LCD Monitor Repair (which will become more essential as more arcade games begin using them) and it appears that interest in the FEC side of the business is increasing rapidly.

They mention that there were a number of games shown off at the show, although they do not go out of their way to say what they are except for something called “PlayPortt” which is called “a revolutionary new portable, wireless game and music system for bars, clubs, restaurants and retailers”. Apparently they have integrated a game machine into a portable jukebox that can be used on any bar-top and it uses networking on top of that to increase interest in replays.  Not sure if this will really catch on in arcades but at least it’s an interesting feature for restaurants and bars.

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