Emerging Tech Spotlighted at Inaugural Conference 0

As this report went out, over 160 professionals were gathered in Las Vegas addressing the future of fun. The Future of Immersive Leisure (FOIL) conference, hosted for the first time at Mandalay Bay, brought together some of the most innovative voices working in virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics, projection mapping, cinema, amusement and other forward-thinking industries.

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VRguy podcast Episode 26

VRguy podcast Episode 26: Kevin Williams discussing updates in out-of-home VR:


The GameWorks arcade chain is about to get an esports makeover

Oomba, an online tournament-management system, has acquired GameWorks from the group of investors that bought the company in 2011. The new ownership plans to refocus the existing GameWorks locations into local miniature esports arenas.

Competitive gaming has grown into a massive force on livestreaming platforms like Twitch, but it hasn’t established itself as a local or regional attraction quite yet. Oomba wants to change that by using the existing GameWorks facilities in cities like Seattle and Denver. As of today, seven GameWorks locations are still in operation, and they are all in the United States.

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VRstudios Announces VRcade® Terminal 17 – World’s First 8-Player Arena-Scale Virtual Reality Game

VRstudios, the leading provider of award-winning VR solutions for Location-Based Entertainment (LBE), announces today the availability of a remarkable VR attraction, Terminal 17©. Terminal 17 is an intense, multiplayer adventure game specifically designed for the VRcade Arena. Players are part of an 8-person extermination squad tasked with finding and eliminating alien insects that are wreaking havoc on Terminal 17, a remote facility on a distant planet.

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Sell Out Foundations Entertainment University in Chicago!

A record sell-out attendance to the #43 Foundation Entertainment University – in Chicago.


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“Skill Games” The Next Gen of Gambling?

Some Gambling Operators have been showing a great amount of interest in skill-based games. These games (which are more like video games) are targeting a younger market of gamblers, who would rather be more involved than just pull on the arm or push a single button.

These games include Shooting games, puzzle games and racing games; determine player payouts based on ability and chance. Some of these skilled based gambling games have been used in Las Vegas and Atlantic City Casinos and some Cruise Lines. Some companies in the United States have begun to look into avenues of expansion internationally.

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Design overhaul unveiled for Chuck E. Cheese’s facilities

The first few steps into a Chuck E. Cheese’s location can feel like a sensory overload to parents. But that’s about the change.

After nearly two decades, CEC Entertainment, the parent company of the pizza chain, is redesigning the whole experience.

Chuck E. Cheese's remodeled exterior

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‘Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire’ VR Experience Coming to Disney Parks

A new immesive experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, is set to open to the public at two new Void Experience Centers at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, beginning this holiday season.

ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment division, created this experience in collaboration with location-based immersive entertainment firm The Void. According to the companies, guests will enter the Star Wars world with “the ability to move freely throughout an untethered, social, and multi-sensory experience as they interact with friends, family and Star Wars characters.”

The attraction was developed by Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The Void.

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Location-Based Virtual Reality Is the Next Big Bet for Movie Theaters, Malls

Built by VR start-up The Void, “Curse” is premiering next month at the company’s headquarters in Lindon, Utah, where visitors are being asked to put on helmet-like VR headsets, special haptic feedback vests and computers integrated into backpacks.

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Douglas Trumbull: Taking a Wide Angle View of Next Generation Immersive Entertainment

We’re thrilled and honored to announce that legendary American film director and special effects luminary, innovator, and entrepreneur, Douglas Trumbull, Trumbull Studios is confirmed to deliver a keynote fireside chat at the first-ever Future of Immersive Leisure event this September.

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