Quiz Machines

A Brief History

The quiz machine first appeared in the UK in 1985, called Quizmaster which was made by the Cardiff based company, Coinmaster Limited. It was rapidly followed by quiz machines from other manufacturers.  Quiz machine is a term used in the UK for commercial coin-operated video quiz games that offer cash prizes for winning performances. These machines are usually found sited in pubs, bars and other places of entertainment.

Over the following years quiz machines (SWP’s) became a regular feature of the British pub. Leading SWP manufacturers of the 1980s and 1990s were: Coinmaster, JPM, Barcrest, Bell-Fruit, Maygay and Ace-Coin. The themes of many SWP games were, and still are, based on popular TV quiz shows, board games or other aspects of popular culture.

In 1994 JPM’s Monopoly SWP was the first 50p play machine. It was also the first machine to use touch screen technology instead of buttons. In the late 1990s a few SWP’s offered £40 jackpots. Although many new SWP’s during this period actually offered lower jackpot prizes such as £5, and had gameplays and payout structures that seemed designed to frustrate professional players.  In 2000 the SWP market reached new highs in player participation with the arrival of the highly popular Who Wants To Be A Millionaire quiz machine. The SWP market is still performing strongly to date with game content being manufactured by Games Warehouse, Fat Spanner and Games Media. One of the market leaders of it’s time was May Gay’s SWP Give Us Break. Based on DLT’s (Dave Lee Travis) Radio 1 breakfast show.

SWP – Instant Win – Paragons/FBI/Dice

  • Max £50 Jackpot
  • Max £1 price of play
  • No AMLD Licence required
  • No permits required
  • Played by any age group
  • Located in any venue

SWP – Non Payout Machines – Megatouch

  • Amusement only – non payout
  • Max £1 price of play
  • No AMLD required
  • No Permit required
  • Played by any age group
  • Located in any venue

SWP – Skill Only Machines

  • Max £50 Jackpot
  • Max £1 price of play
  • No AMLD Licence required
  • No permit required
  • Played by any age group
  • Located in any venue