Manco @ The EAG

We came, We Saw, We Pondered

 

Fruit Machine Hire

(Our MD Chris Manion, practicing what we preach)

After a reasonably drama free trip to London, Docklands, team Manco arrived at the assault to the senses that is the EAG.

As usual, we started with the best of intentions, first skirt the perimeter, then systematically walk the columns and rows assessing stands that we’d like to check further…then we met Dave Ellwood from Crane Payment Solutions. We discussed the imminent arrival of the polymer £5 note and the new £1 coin, something not only Manco but the whole of our industry has been preparing and planning for, for some time now.

Half an hour later, first meeting done and so it began. Barely able to walk 20 feet without meeting a supplier, customer or friend, the rest of the day went by in a whirlwind. We saw Blueprint’s impressive Aurora Cat C or B3 games compendium and Barcrest’s latest B4 release, Enchanted Isle; we expect to be seeing a lot more of these in 2016.

Then we bumped into Keith Lee from Cosmo Bingo and Steve Cook from Jigsaw and so began the food, drink and discussion. Managing the noise and lights of the EAG is both hungry and thirsty work. The social element of this exhibition has always been a great way to unwind and talk shop in a much calmer environment.

During the evening, not for the first time, the thorny question of what EAG actually stood for came up and still, no one knew for sure!

On the final morning we arrived, bleary eyed, to the exhibition still none the wiser about the meaning of EAG. We asked a senior BACTA figure and at the exhibition’s management suite…still no one knew for sure. Finally, the definitive came from those clever ladies at BACTA, Linda, Pru and Parveen advised me that it meant European Gaming Amusements. It did leave me wondering why it is usually followed by the word International. If it’s international, then the word European is unnecessary. And if hardly anyone knows what it means in the first place, then perhaps we need a snappier name.

To be continued……

 

Fruit and Gaming Machine Industry Exhibition

Manco @ The EAG

 

The EAG is our industry’s biggest exhibition. Held in January, it is the event that anyone seriously intending to remain on trend and relevant in our industry, must attend. Scheduled early in the year, to allow seaside amusements operators to complete orders and take deliveries in time for the new season, the EAG helps us all hit the ground running for the New Year.

We at Manco have been attending the EAG for many years now and, as manufacturers regularly time the release of new equipment to coincide with the EAG, it has often been here where we have had first site of the equipment that we bought early, to keep us ahead of the game.

This year, as well as looking at the new releases of Cat C, B3 and B3A, pub and club machines, we will be talking to coin and note validator manufacturers to discuss the up-coming release of the polymer £5 banknote and the new £1 coin. Though we will be going to the exhibition with a To-Do-List in hand, it is also important to go with an open mind, because the ability to spot the next big thing and be brave enough to make an investment is an essential skill.

Finally, during the exhibition and afterwards in the evening, as well enjoying an away day in London, we’ll also be keen to make acquaintances with potential new customers and suppliers. Away from their office, pub, club or bingo hall, this is one of the few times in the year that people in our industry put down their tools and open themselves up to quality networking and seeking out genuine innovation. We’ll be keeping you up to date across all of our social media channels with plenty of tweets and posts alongside a series of blogs on the event.

So, as long as the EAG continues, it will remain the most important date on the Manco Calendar.

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