What is ‘BACTA’?
Established in 1974, BACTA is the a non-profit organization for the British Amusement Catering Trade Association. It represents the interests of over 600 companies, and is the voice of the British Amusement Industry.
As the voice of the British Amusement Industry, BACTA represents all divisions ranging from large manufacturers to small arcades. The objective is to improve the industry’s image, encourage good practice, and create a favorable trading environment for all sectors.
BACTA’s primary structure consists of 4 divisions which are:
Division 1: Owners of Family Entertainment Centres: Concerning the gaming machine operations in amusement parks and other similar premises.
These premises typically provide designated areas for Category C machines (Adult Only), in addition to designated areas for family entertainment. There are more than 1,000 in operation, and are large contributors to the local economy. They are usually owner-operated and busy all year, with full-time staff employment.
Division 2: Machine Suppliers (Operators): Concerns the supply, installation, and maintenance of gaming machines to pubs and similar premises.
These companies rent or lease gaming machines to pubs and similar businesses. The companies range in size from a few hundred machines to over 300,000.
These companies generally purchase and own all their machines, which are installed and maintained by mobile service engineers. Mobile collectors are responsible for collecting generated cash from the machines.
Division 3: Adult Gaming Centres: Concerning the gaming machine operations in 18+ years old and over premises.
Most of these are completely restricted to adult-only (minimum age 18 years by law).
Division 4: Manufacturers and Distributors: Concerning the manufacturing, import and export of machines and component parts.
This division represents the interests of the manufacturers and distributors of machines and games who sell to the UK domestic market for use by those in the 3 divisions previously mentioned. Through creation, design, development, and implementation members in this division are in the forefront of leading edge technology
Aside from domestic imports and exports, there is also a substantial worldwide export market, which includes the USA, Germany, Japan, Holland and Spain.
BACTA provides support and assistance in codes of practice to regulate procedures, legal advice, evaluates and trains facilities regarding Gambling Authority or local authority inspections, security and software issues, social responsibility for problem gambling, provides information on changes in the industry, events, and other news, and listens to industry needs to better serve the interests of the industry and their members.