FACTO EDIZIONI

WE’VE BEEN REPORTING ON THE LEISURE BUSINESS SINCE 1984

Facto Edizioni is a leading international publisher of professional publications for the leisure industry.

Founded in 1984 and based in Italy, it was one of the very first in Europe and indeed the world to promote technical information for the emerging amusement park industry and travelling funfair operators.

We have met many people and reported many STORIES

It's now time to tell you more about us

January 1984 Facto Edizioni was founded
Our founder
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Danilo Tosetto (1947-2016), a native of Venice, journalist, passionate about art, folklore and photography, after learning the trade at a well-known Milan publisher specialising in mechanics and system engineering, had an idea for an original publication that would provide professional information to the leisure business.

November 1984 First issue of Games Industry
The start of Games (& Parks) Industry
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The iconic monthly magazine made its debut at the end of the company’s first year. The first issue was in tabloid format and cost 3,500 lire.

It was the first independent international magazine devoted to the leisure sector (not published by nor representing any trade association), a feature that it has proudly maintained to this day.
Since January 1993 it has been called ‘Games & Parks Industry’. Its international profile, on the other hand, has always remained constant, both in terms of content and target. This is also why it is published in Italian and English, with translations in Spanish and French.

February 1986 First book
A sold-out success
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"Leisure Parks around The World Vol.1" was the first book of its kind published in Italy. Complete with colour photos, it was a cornerstone in the industry in the 1980s and beyond.

November 1986 First participation at a foreign trade show
Tireless globetrotters

Facto Edizioni exhibited with a small booth in Orlando at the IAAPA Convention & Trade Show, the industry’s leading exhibition. This was the first in an endless series of trade shows around the world that the company has taken part in over the decades. Today we participate at about 10 events per year.

December 1987 First trade show & convention
The first Park Show
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The first leisure trade show in Italy was organised by Facto Edizioni at the Padova exhibition centre. Featuring around 60 exhibiting companies, in addition to conferences and round tables, the side events also included an international competition for theme park projects.

January 1990 Play Machine Europe first published
First issue of Play Machine Europe

The monthly magazine dedicated to games arcades, bowling centres and the coin-op business joined Games & Parks Industry. A different target, but the same style of journalism, providing its readers professional information and the latest news.

July 1992 The first ‘Yellow Pages’ of the sector
EGA - European Guide to Attraction and Amusement Machine Suppliers first published

An innovative and unique guide for the leisure and amusement sector. It is published every 2 years and contains updated addresses and contacts for thousands of companies divided by sector, plus a section on European parks. Take a look at the web version

October 1997 First special supplement published
'The Schwarzkopf Dynasty'
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Games & Parks Industry started periodically devoting special issues to large leisure companies, illustrating their history, products, projects and successes. After Schwarzkopf came Atelier Peter Petz, Reverchon Industries, Pax Company, Dotto Trains, and others. Further special editions would later be published on types of attractions and special events.

November 2002 The first Golden Pony® Awards
First edition of the leisure Oscars
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The international awards for excellence in the sector - Golden Pony® Awards - made their debut in Rimini, Italy with a gala evening that saw 32 operators from 12 countries receive awards. The editorial staff of Games & Parks Industry annually selects the winners from parks, companies, travelling showmen and businesses that have stood out.

October 2012 25 years of IAAPA Membership
International calling

Facto Edizioni became a Senior Member of the leading international association of the parks and attractions industry, IAAPA. The publisher has always had an international perspective.

January 2015 Facto Edizioni 2.0
The digital era

Following the appointment of marketing and communications expert Oscar Giacomin as Facto Edizioni's general manager, the company has entered the digital media business. Over the space of a few months, the magazines Games & Parks Industry and Play Machine Europe  were added to the ISSUU platform, where they can be read for free.

August 2015 Video reports and video interviews
Lights, camera, action
 
The Facto Edizioni YouTube channel now features video reports of trade shows and interviews with the leading players in the sector.

ECLECTIC SPIRIT

Facto Edizioni has since its foundation always promoted several different editorial and non-editorial initiatives, aimed at increasing the professionalism of leisure operators and providing large and small companies with the most innovative tools to reach their customers.


Year after year, international contacts and experiences – participation at and organisation of trade shows and conferences, visits to fun fairs and amusement parks around the world, collaborations with associations and companies – have made Facto Edizioni an authority in the sector.

PUBLICATIONS

Games & Parks Industry (since 1984) and Play Machine Europe (since 1990), now also in digital format, are the historical ‘pillars’ of Facto Edizioni’s publishing business. In addition to the monthly magazines, special supplements are published periodically devoted to specific topics and companies.

In 1986, Facto Edizioni published its first book: “Leisure Parks around The World Vol.1”. This was the first publication in Italy to explore the leisure industry. The “Leisure Parks around The World” series was a huge success, comprising a total of 5 volumes.

Our bookshop now features 38 international works: books covering the coin-op games sector, theme parks, virtual reality, mini-golf, waterparks, family entertainment centres and other topics.

CONFERENCES FOR LEARNING AND TRAINING

Facto Edizioni has always been active in professional updates and training, by organising conferences and seminars. The first, held in 1987, was the first European forum to examine the state-of-the-art of the leisure industry. To date we have organised a total of around 45 events. The common denominators: authoritative speakers, focus on current trends and complete coverage of the entertainment business.

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  • Parchi ricreativi tematici: strategie di sviluppo in Italia e all’estero (1987)
  • Parchi di divertimento e sviluppo turistico (1987)
  • Pianificazione e gestione dei parchi ricreativi tematici (1988)
  • Parchi meccanici e/o acquatici: una moda contro l’ambiente? (1988)
  • Parchi ricreativi tematici e loro problematiche (1989)
  • Lo Spettacolo in piazza, tradizione? Cultura? Evoluzione? (1989)
  • Progettare il gioco, gli scenari dell’illusione dalla giostra al parco (1989)
  • Parchi acquatici, gestione e sviluppo (1989)
  • Parco acquatico: quale identità? (1990)
  • Minigolf: un business da costruire. L’esempio americano e le possibilità di sviluppo in Italia (1990)
  • I parchi ricreativi: una legge per uno sviluppo ordinato e programmato. La funzione sociale e culturale degli spettacoli di massa. I parchi permanenti: ipotesi per una regolamentazione (1990)
  • Lo spettacolo viaggiante verso una nuova legge: la “piazza” garanzia di lavoro (1990)
  • L’Europa del luna park: stato attuale della normativa europea (1990)
  • Lo spettacolo viaggiante e attrazionistico in Italia e in Europa (1991)
  • Tavola rotonda sui temi: “Normativa igienico-sanitaria”; “Gestione del personale”; “Marketing: il prodotto parco”; “La ristorazione” (1992)
  • Minigolf tra sport e tempo libero (1992)
  • Convegno Efecot – incontro dei giovani d’Europa (1992)
  • Turismo e spettacolo (1992)
  • Lo spettacolo viaggiante, un mondo da riscoprire (1992)
  • Obiettivo 2000: nuovi criteri di gestione dell’industria del divertimento (1992)
  • Presente, passato e futuro del flipper (1993)
  • La riscoperta del biliardo: quale futuro? (1994)
  • I disabili e il mondo dei parchi (1994)
  • I parchi di divertimento e la legge quadro sul turismo (1994)
  • La questione dei tributi Siae (1994)
  • Tavola rotonda Unionparchi: iniziative di marketing (1994)
  • I parchi virtuali: futuro e prospettive (1994)
  • Normativa europea per la sicurezza nei parchi (1996)
  • Prima Convention del teatro dei burattini (1998)
  • Le nuove tipologie del tempo libero: piani, progetti, ibridazioni (1998)
  • Parchi acquatici: come raddoppiare il numero dei visitatori (2000)
  • Presentazione del libro “Il distretto del piacere” di Aldo Bonomi (2000)
  • Internet e gli operatori del leisure: approccio strategico in 10 regole (2000)
  • Divertimento in proprio: la vetrina dei finanziamenti (2000)
  • Parchi acquatici: da soli o in compagnia? I nuovi trend del settore (2002)
  • Dalla vecchia sala giochi ai FEC a tema (2004)
  • Esperienze interattive e nuove tendenze nei parchi ricreativi tematici: playground, parchi avventura e sport estremi (2005)
  • Tourist Attractions: le nuove opportunità per il leisure (2006)
  • Vent’anni di parchi acquatici in Italia: multifunzionalità e integrazione territoriale (2007)
  • 1984-2009: le attrazioni per il leisure, una tradizione che si rinnova (2008)
  • Il parco acquatico nel nuovo millennio. Sfide e opportunità (2011)
  • Ticketing nei parchi: come incrementare il reddito con un’adeguata politica di vendita dei biglietti (2011)
  • Mostra-Convegno: Parco-Museo, Museo-Parco. Una progettualità condivisa (2011)
  • Minigolf d’avventura: i nuovi trend (2011)

LEISURE TRADE SHOWS IN ITALY

In 1987 Facto Edizioni organised Park Show Professional in Padova, the first Italian trade show of equipment for amusement parks, waterparks and funfairs. It was supported by a complete program of conferences and side events. The trade show, renamed Park Show International, moved to Rimini in 1989 and was organised in collaboration with Fiera di Rimini. It was held 11 times (the last in 2011) and became one of the leading trade shows in the sector in Europe.

The partnership established with Fiera di Rimini led to the joint organisation in 2008 of BER, the first European bowling trade show.

Another trade show, this time a collaboration between Facto Edizioni and Fiera di Genova: Technofolies. Devoted to the entertainment sector, it was held in the Genova 4 times starting in 2006.

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WE AWARD EXCELLENCE

In 2002 Facto Edizioni established the annual international Golden Pony® Awards, to recognise excellence in the sector. To date, the Games & Parks Industry editorial staff has awarded over 350 parks, companies, travelling showmen and businesses that have stood out in the entertainment industry, from 53 countries.

Golden Pony® Awards

ALWAYS SUPPORTING OPERATORS

Over the decades, the leisure industry has undergone a major transformation, as has the way society communicates and, consequently, sources its information. Facto Edizioni has taken on board all of these changes. Over time, we have upgraded our magazines and our offering, moving into digital, social media and new communication tools such as corporate videos and video interviews. We have sought and found new ways to support readers and businesses.

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MULTIMEDIA INFORMATION

FOR LEISURE PROFESSIONALS

Facto Edizioni continues its commitment to supporting the leisure industry and its operators. Communication is now multimedia, in step with the pace of the industry and the demands of the market.
Services provided to readers and companies are personalised, digitised and accessible at a click from all over the world.

Facto Edizioni provides information on what companies do by meeting their management directly and staying alongside the operators in the places where they work. We gather and tell stories, follow production processes and attentively monitor the evolution of the entertainment market by interpreting its trends.

Interviews, advertorials, promotional videos, and advertisements are the tools we make available to those who work in the leisure business today.

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