This will most likely be the last post of 2016 and given the news through the year, it is fitting that it is about another facility opening their doors. This one has some significance to it through Sega Amusements International however. The latest issue of The Stinger Report provides some background…then we’ve got some pictures from the new venue:
Following on from the news of the sale of JOYPOLIS, came the news that SEGA Amusement International is returning to the amusement operation business. Revealed in an announcement regarding the signing of the first suppliers for the operation, SEGA announced they would be opening a branded ‘Prizezone‘ FEC at the Galleria Shopping Mall in Hatfield, Hertfordshire (UK). It was revealed that Intercard would be supplying the payment system for this first FEC offering from SEGA in the West. The Intercard involvement was facilitated through their exclusive European distributor Electrocoin.This marks the first new FEC development from SEGA in Europe, since it pulled out of the amusement facility operation business in 2002 with the closure of investments, including SEGA World and SEGA Park property sales in 2007. The new ‘Prizezone‘ SEGA property is reported to include some 50 amusement pieces (mainly redemption) and will cover some 3,000 sq,ft. Sources close to those involved in the project suggest this will be the first serious attempt at developing a FEC brand suitable for the European market, and SEGA hopes this will be a launch pad for a brand new stab at serious operations in the UK to support their sales business.
Checking Out The New Sega Prizezone
While it is heavy on redemption as the snippet above mentions, it is not completely devoid of video games – I see an OutRun 2 SP SDX,
Dream RaidersLet’s Go Island Dream: Edition Beta, Transformers Theatre Deluxe and a pair of Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Arcade machines:
To explain this one to American readers, these kinds of games are common in the UK but as you can see from the description, they are setup to play for tickets:
So if you are in the area, you can stop by and check out this Sega operated facility. I wouldn’t be surprised if they take Daytona 3 over to setup once that is ready 😉
Speaking of Joypolis as mentioned at the top of The Stinger Report bit, they are celebrating 20 years of operations in Tokyo:
— 東京ジョイポリス (@TokyoJoypolis) December 31, 2016
That’s all for 2016! Happy New Year!