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#1168 – The Social Entertainment Explosion – Part 3

We have recently covered the explosion in investment in ‘Competitive Socializing’, ‘Family Entertainment Centers’ (FEC), and ‘Urban Entertainment’ properties. Many of these sites are seeing their embryonic rise from UK-based developers. In our previous coverage, we focused on the country’s capital as the incubator of this rise. But in this third part, we look at the growth beyond London across the country, thanks to new investment. Northern Exposure The monopoly of London opening new social entertainment venues has been broken, as new venues percolate outside of the metropolis. The Gravity Active Entertainment group announced plans to open ‘Gravity Liverpool’ before the end of the year. This £10m investment is part of the new entertainment venue within the new Liverpool ONE area. Once again, this mixed entertainment venue is placed within a previously closed Debenhams department store in the city and […]


#1167 – Next Phase of Entertainment Innovation Revealed

The constantly evolving amusement landscape is reflected by one of the largest trade gatherings in China. As the territory grows towards leading the taste and trends, The Stinger Report is lucky to be one of the few to receive exclusive access to the event’s leading elements. China’s Big Amusement Event Taking place in May, the 19th Asia Amusement & Attractions Expo (AAA) 2023 was held in the province Guangzhou. Known by many as the largest amusement exhibition in the territory, the show has become a vital Chinese linchpin for the amusement trade internationally. It expected to attract some 20,000 industry professionals to see the over-1,000 exhibitors across the eight-halls of the China Import & Export Fair Complex. This was part of the World Culture & Tourism Industry Expo 2023, comprising attractions, digital sport, and VR/AR.  It is always impossible to […]


#1165 – Defining Super Premium Cinema

While many had attempted to write off the cinema and amusement trade during the worst of the Global Lockdown, the reality of the situation was revealed in Las Vegas and Indianapolis, with two major events that acted as a perfect lens to review the success of the industries as April came to an end. Cinema Entertainment Development The importance of the cinema sector was reflected at the annual trade event, with CinemaCon 2023 taking place at the Caesars Palace casino resort, located both on the ballroom show floor and also in numerous private hotel suites dotted across the property and neighbouring Las Vegas hotels. This was a pivotal year for the sector, having been reported as dead by mainstream media during the Global Health Crisis, and the reality of the sector was only revealed at the show. The cinema trade […]


#1166 – Competitive Gaming Under the Gun!

The reality of technology trends to generate serious revenue has been placed under the microscope in recent months, as the “Crypto and Techno Winters” are felt through layoffs and business restructuring. There are a number of these elements that touch the entertainment scene, which we will now investigate. Competitive Gaming Under Pressure Concerns regarding the rigidity of the eSports sector have been in serious doubt as the sector seemed to be in freefall with the closure of teams and the abandonment of event operators. What has been seen as one of the most important impacts in the sector came with the news that Counter Logic Gaming (CLG), one of the largest eSports communities, was linked to rumors that many of its employees had been laid off. This news came just as owner Madison Square Garden Sports (MSG) was in the […]

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