Story dated 23rd January 2001.
latest figures have been published showing the state of pinball across
Intergame magazine's report details the number of pinball machines
in various European countries along with the figures for other amusement
1 game per 5,336 people
(Video - 2,000; Touchscreen - 2,000; AWP - 7,000)
- 1,684 up 50% on last year
1 game per 49,167 people
(Video - 1,613 down 31%; Touchscreen - 6,673 down 24%)
1 game per 4,241 people
(Dedicated Video - 2,000; PCB Videos- 50,000)
Kingdom - 2,000
1 game per 29,756 people
(Video - 27,500; AWP - 250,400)
The term AWP refers to Amusement With Prizes machines or Slots.
the figures for Germany are true, the 50% increase in the last year
is astonishing, matched by a similar decrease in the popularity of
video games and touchscreens which perhaps more accurately represents
the state of the country's amusement games.
decline was demonstrated at the recent IMA trade show in Germany where
visitor numbers remained steady at around 9,000 despite a significantly
lower number of exhibitors with 100 stands and a halving of the floor
space to 12,000 square feet.
pinball fans, though, IMA was important as the launchpad for Stern's
new High Roller Casino game.
News reader Karin Kolbe reports from the show:
Jan. 16 - Jan. 19. the IMA took again place in Nuernberg, Bavaria
where it went one year before from Frankfurt.
The coin machine branch goes through a bad crises, the introducing
of the Euro next year is only one reason. I think, this crisis is
a worldwide problem.
One effect was that this years show only had half the space compared
to the last year.
It also was hard to find new games. Most of the games are only further
developments of existing games.
But what is new on the pinball-sector? There was the world-premiere
of Stern's new game High Roller Casino! But what a shame, in a small
corner there where only three games. So only a few insider took notice
of this fact.
The game itself is not a Williams-game but very nice. Nice to look
at and nice to play. Like Striker Xtreme the year before the machines
The second day Gary Stern arrived in Nuernberg and brought new software
for the HRC. The animation was better than before. There where still
some mistakes but I think when the machine goes into production all
will be o.k.
For me it will be a big problem that the price of the new Stern-pin
is so high. So we will find not much of the new game here in Germany.
Who will buy a game that earns less money, will have a lot of maintenance
and cost a lot of money? I don't know.
So let's see what will be the future of pinball.
IMA show organisers were keen to stress that the number of orders
was much higher than expected despite the withdrawal of two of the
show's top three exhibitors.