Members of the British amusement machine association Bacta are to ban under-18s from playing in seaside arcades and family entertainment centres with Category D cash fruit machines.
Supported by the representatives of Bacta Division 1 at last week’s Extraordinary General Meeting of the Organisation, the resolution will be adopted at the Annual General Meeting on 26 November and will come into force on 1 March next year.
The games will be available within all member venues for adults to enjoy, with Bacta saying family groups will still play without segregation in close proximity.
The new age restriction will send a message to clients that family seaside amusement arcades are healthy places for all families, Bacta president James Miller said.
“Our members are all about providing fun and entertainment to the whole family as part of their annual holiday or day trip to the seaside,” Miller said.
“We take social responsibility extremely seriously and although Category D cash payout fruit machines operate at very low stake and prize limits which are predominately played by adults for fun and nostalgia, we wanted to do our utmost and limit any potential risks to gambling harm.”
Chief Executive of Bacta John White added: “Category D fruit machines have been long considered as part of the entertainment offer associated with seaside holidays and a trip to the arcade. Regulators in the past have therefore not imposed an age restriction on them.
“However, our members understand that perceptions change and we want to ensure that we do everything possible to protect players.”