London - July 12th, 2019: Bacta, the UK's trade body for the amusement machine industry, this week agreed to evaluate a change to its Code of Conduct which would tell customers that players on low stake cash payout fruit machines must be aged 16 or over unless accompanied by an adult.
The move, unanimously endorsed by a special meeting of batca's seaside operators, comes following widespread conversations with the Gambling Commission, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, MPs and other stakeholders.
Bacta CEO, John White, said: “As providers of family entertainment to nearly 20 million people annually, it is important we reflect what our customers want. We have listened carefully to the debate about children and gambling and we want to ensure we do everything we can to augment our existing safeguarding measures. Evidence suggests that any risk of gambling-related harm from seaside arcades is tiny, but we want to go as far as we can to reduce this even further. This initiative does just that and will reassure everyone that our seaside arcades will continue to be safe and enjoyable places for generations of families and friends to spend their leisure time.”
Carolyn Harris, Swansea East MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm commented: “I very much welcome this move by bacta members. Everyone loves going to the seaside and spending time in the arcades. They are a vital part of the UK's economy, culture and heritage. We must make sure, however, that any risks to children are minimised and I am pleased to see this is a message that bacta has heard loud and clear.”