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#1197 – Entertainment Battleground for Success

Loading the Elevenlabs Text to Speech AudioNative Player... The momentum in the international entertainment scene continues apace. Along with international trade expos promoting the latest trends, we also see the reshuffling of partnerships and venue openings and closings in the immersive space. The entertainment scene is also seeing upheavals in the consumer game studio and media sector, with inevitable knock-on effects to the wider landscape. Trade Event Cluster 2024 gathers pace and sees a gaggle of amusement trade events internationally. Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries (IAAPI) held its 22nd event, gathering leading amusement products and service providers in the continent’s largest trade event. This year, a sub-event to the show was ‘IAC Connect’ – representing the Indoor Amusement Centers (IAC) business that is burgeoning in the territory. The largest number of new FEC openings took place in the […]

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#1196 – Cashing In on Entertainment

Loading the Elevenlabs Text to Speech AudioNative Player... A mixed bag of developments in the amusement and entertainment landscape, while reporting on the last ICE London event, and seeing the impacts of AI and technology in the gaming scene. The AI trend is also followed in the events and amusement scene. Meanwhile, the developments in VR and consumer gaming conclude a momentous period in the sector. Casino Gaming’s Last London Bow The International Casino Expo (ICE) was held in London during February. The massive casino, gaming, and gambling extravaganza once again filled the ExCel exhibition venue (all halls) and offered an amazing snapshot at the gaming landscape – organized by Clarion Gaming. ICE 2024 was another amazing event, filling the London exhibition venue, but was also a swan-song event for its UK presence – marking the last year the show […]

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#1195 – Entertainment Investment and Change!

Loading the Elevenlabs Text to Speech AudioNative Player... Developments in the Entertainment Space M&A continues to see action in leisure entertainment – investors are looking at the entertainment facility and resort sectors as an opportunity for growth and investment, while at the same time the impacts of the financial conditions globally continue to be felt, seeing major restructurings, layoffs, and mergers to consolidate debts. Following our previous report, and the US scene was witness in the New Year to the announcement that the newly rebranded Elevate Entertainment Group (EEG) had acquired three of the ‘Paragon Theater’ and ‘Penny Lane’ locations. EEG, the “Cinetainment” operation, announced the acquisition in January, with news that these sites will be fully branded under their EVO Entertainment brand by the beginning of May. EEG operates the ‘EVO Cinema’, ‘EVO Entertainment’, ‘Elevate Rewards’, ‘Violet Crown’ and […]

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