Insert Coin 2009 - UK Arcade Amusement Action
The first annual arcade public amusement expo - Insert Coin 2009 - is set to take place July 18th - 19th in Northampton, UK. With just under a month to go, a unique mix of exhibitors and presentations will be gathered in one place to celebrate all things amusement and gaming.
Since the announcement of Insert Coin 2009, the event has gained momentum to become the most important United Kingdom public coin-op gathering in over 10 years. The event is broken into three areas:
For the first time ever, major competition on 'Classic' as well as contemporary amusement machines will be brought together under one roof. Guinness World Records will be present to officially adjudicate record attempts alongside furious public competition
The Championship tournaments (titled the 'Insert Coin 2009 Championship') will be run throughout the 2-day event - with paid slots to compete with 'Street Fighter IV' and 'Tekken 6' some of the exclusive amusement machines to be fought over - places will be limited. Alongside this are more than 9 other tournaments ranging from mini-casual gatherings to open, and exhibition championships offering prizes, plus the bragging rights of having won at the inaugural Insert Coin event. In support of the championships there will be 'World Record Challenges' on both days, with Guinness World Records overseeing official score keeping, and coverage in the next Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition.
Exhibition and Stands:
The event is all about gaming and with that in mind Insert Coin has gathered the cream of the amusement scene for players to try, and in some cases, buy the best in amusement action. All the major names on the amusement scene, classic collecting and spares suppliers are represented at the event with over 250 arcade machines to fill the entire floor of The Rodber Suite at Northampton Saints venue. The shows floor is split into stalls selling a huge range of arcade merchandising, alongside unique exhibition stands with the best games on display.
For the first time the general public, who can purchase their ticket online, will get a chance to see a huge array of arcade hardware & software in one place. For most, this will be their first opportunity to get to grips with some of the most exciting video gaming hardware in the UK. Insert Coin will also feature some exclusive games & hardware so far unavailable anywhere other than in Japan.
Along with the intense video game playing on the show floor, Insert Coin will be playing host to a number of special events linked to the world of gaming. This includes a Cosplay (costume-role-play performance art form) competition with the latest styles and fashions paraded.
Away from the show floor Insert Coin 2009 will also host an exclusive VIP event. This 'After Party' on the first night of the event will play host to over 60 special guests, with refreshments - the award ceremony for that days tournament winners, a questions & answer session on the amusement scene, all rounded off with a DJ session.
The Insert Coin 2009 event takes place at The Rodber Suite at Northampton Saints venue from the 18th to the 19th of July 2009.