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Welcome Break Gaming

Welcome Break Gaming
Introduced:2008
Predecessors:Game Zone
Successors:Game Zone
Typical opening hours:24 hours

Welcome Break Gaming is, unsurprisingly, the chosen name of Welcome Break's own-brand games arcade. Located at most of Welcome Break services, they provide an electronic gaming/gambling facility, sometimes called 'amusement with prize'.

Welcome Break have admitted this facility is aimed at lorry drivers taking a legal rest break, and that it is a highly profitable operation. This would be true for other operators' equivalents too. To ensure gambling legislation is followed, units are watched by a member of staff, either directly or remotely.

Since 1987 this brand had been known as Game Zone, which had occupied several logos including one showing a speedometer and another with a compass. The name was brought more in line with the rest of Welcome Break's new branding as part of their refreshed image introduced in 2008.

Welcome Break Game Zone.
Old Game Zone branding.

Game Zone is now making a reappearance; it was introduced to Fleet southbound in 2015 and to the newly rebuilt Sarn Park in 2016, amongst other refurbished Welcome Break sites. In September 2018, Welcome Break registered a new Game Zone logo in a green colour and this was rolled out across their estate during 2021.

In 2003, Welcome Break registered the names Spin Spin Spin, Win B4U Go, Spin B4U Win. It's not clear whether these were contenders to replace Game Zone, or just a particular arcade machine.

Regardless of the brand name, the entertainment centres are provided by Playnation on behalf of Welcome Break.

Locations

Welcome Break Gaming and Game Zone are located at: