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UK Arcade Industry Seeks To Stay Independent

Bacta, the trade group for seaside arcades, slot halls and pub machines, is probably not interested in merging with any other trade group because of a lack of common ground with the rest of the gambling industry, its top executive has said.

The "coin-operated" industry is home to penny pushers, crane grabbers and pub fruit machines, as well as low-stakes gaming machines.

“We don’t want to lose our identity as an industry, we’ve been around for decades,” said Bacta chief executive John White. “These are amusement games, nobody thinks they’re gambling playing for a teddy bear.”

“I could see the industry getting together under one umbrella, but I don’t know what that umbrella would be,” said Bacta’s president, Gabi Stergides of London-based Electrocoin.

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