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#1141 – Entertainment’s Pomp & Majesty – Part 5

The conclusion of our coverage of Europe’s biggest amusement, attractions, and entertainment expo, along with details of developments impacting the international scene. In this fifth part we look at the Bowling Scene and LBE developments at home and the UAE, Contactless ePayment, and the final conclusions from the show’s fallout.  IAAPA Expo Europe 2022 (IAAPA-EMEA’22) Bowling & Social Entertainment Bowling was represented at IAAPA-EMEA’22 in one of the largest showings at a UK event, with representation from Brunswick Bowling and QubicaAMF, as well as IMPLY Bowling and Switch International. The appearance of string bowling machines on several booths showed the versatility of the hardware for venues of all sizes. The move to competitive socializing can trace its roots to bowling and league and tournament play, but recently bowling venues in Europe and the UK have seen increased investment and inclusion […]

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#1140 – Entertainment’s Pomp & Majesty – Part 4

The next expansive coverage of Europe’s biggest amusement, attractions, and entertainment expo, along with details of developments impacting the international scene. In this fourth part we look at Machine Learning and Drone investment in the sector and developments in the crossover from amusement to social entertainment. IAAPA Expo Europe 2022 (IAAPA-EMEA’22) Machine Learning The growing appearance of “Autonomous Robots & Drones” in the attraction scene continued with the growth of drone-based entertainment, and in the deployment of robotic delivery in retail, hospitality, and food, with the appearance of robotic food preparation and cocktails. Along with our previous coverage on trackless “Autonomous Ride-Vehicles”. This was illustrated by IAAPA-EMEA’22 exhibitor Drone Interactive – the company has built on their original concept and created the new ‘Arcadrone evo’, offering three variants of the original drone gaming experience. Operators can now select between the […]

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#1135 – Videogaming Bonanza Points to Future

Bringing the latest coverage of the entertainment landscape and while America may have abandoned their physical consumer game event (for now), the European equivalent proves a massive success, and gives a glimpse at the changing consumer game landscape. Meanwhile, at the same time, we have more developments in social and attraction venue markets with further acquisitions and merger developments.  European Consumer Gaming Festival Success The end of August saw the holding of Gamescom – the German consumer gaming expo – returning to a physical event after three-years, in Cologne, Germany. The event attracted 265,000 visitors over the days of the convention, with some 1,100 exhibitors. This was down from the 373,000 attracted to the last physical show in 2019, but was still seen as a major successful gathering for the sector. The show was not just a chance for consumer […]

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#1136 – The Growing Influence of eGaming

The movement in the eSports and Skill Gaming scene has continued to gather momentum, including after the suspension of the international lockdown measures with the end of the Global Health Crisis. Many observers expected that the interest in streamed eSports would have subsided, but many now are seeing the entertainment move to a new phase of adoption. And now we chart some of these developments.  Emergence of Skill Gaming There are some questions that have risen to the surface about the once fabled new concept of “Skill Gaming” (first reported in 2014). The concept of offering videogame play with a gaming/wagering element had been promoted as the next big thing only a few years ago – and had seen incredible investment, with even major amusement brands licensing their content to be incorporated into these systems. By 2020 the shine had […]

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#1137 – Entertainment’s Pomp & Majesty – Part 1

So begins the expansive coverage of Europe’s biggest amusement, attractions, and entertainment expo, along with details of developments impacting the international scene. In this first part, we cover the build-up to the show, and the Immersive attractions on the show floor, along with the appearance of SimRacing and eSports elements. European Attraction Extravaganza IAAPA Expo Europe 2022 (IAAPA-EMEA’22) – The 15th anniversary of this event returned to the previous planned London schedule after the change in plans following the global lockdowns. The European premier event for the theme park, attraction, amusement, zoological and leisure entertainment sectors, made landfall at the ExCel Conference Center near the heart of London during October. The IAAPA Europe organization team were promoting over 500 companies exhibiting at the show.  Much has changed in the European amusement and attraction scene since the travails of the Global […]

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#1138 – Entertainment’s Pomp & Majesty – Part 2

Continuing our expansive coverage of Europe’s biggest amusement, attractions, and entertainment expo, along with details of developments impacting the international scene. In this second part, we cover the continuing VR impact across the attractions, rides, and even waterpark entertainment aspects of the sector. IAAPA Expo Europe 2022 (IAAPA-EMEA’22) VR Attractions The latest “Virtual Reality” (VR) developments at IAAPA-EMA’22 were front and center and, as we have touched upon before, the current VR LBE sector is split into at least five core sections – these being “VR Attractions”, “VR Rides”, “VR Kiosks”, “VR Arenas”, “VR Free-roam” and even “VR Waterplay”. The development of compelling “VR Attractions” has gained momentum, as experience is learned from previous iterations. Frontgrid presented the latest version of their technology with ‘ParadropVR - Pod’, with the compact motion paragliding experience offered a unique game, with players able […]

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#1139 – Entertainment’s Pomp & Majesty – Part 3

Our next section of coverage of Europe’s biggest amusement, attractions, and entertainment expo, along with details of developments impacting the international scene. In this third part, we conclude the VR coverage and developments, and then look at MR’s appearance on the show floor. IAAPA Expo Europe 2022 (IAAPA-EMEA’22) VR Headset Developments While still impacting Out-of-Home Entertainment VR development, the consumer VR headset revolution has seen major developments as the performance and capabilities of these headsets improve. Most recently, the VR community has been awash with speculations following the growth of Eye-Tracking being included, with a slew of the next-generation of systems from the leading manufacturers. It was revealed that the SONY ‘PSVR2’ would have a 4K resolution achieved using Eye-Tracking – while at the same time, it was revealed that the Meta ‘QuestPro’ would employ this technology, and even the […]

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