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- What makes Rev’d Up Fun one of the best FEC’s in the World?
- Alpha-Omega Amusements Celebrates 50 Years
- Amusement Expo is March 9-11
- Legislation Corner-Pending Virginia Bill
Kevin Johnson, owner of Rev’d Up Fun, wanted to open a Family Entertainment Center (FEC) to get kids out of the house. When asked what his goal was for opening Rev’d Up Fun, Kevin’s answer was simple, “I want to get them away from their TV, game consoles, and cell phones and get them back to enjoying time with their family”.
And family is just what Kevin understands, employing 7 family members to various full-time positions.
One pinball and 50 years later, Alpha-Omega continues to be a leader in the Amusement industry. Featured in Replay’s February issue (Replay Magazine ), uncover the history behind Frank Seninsky purchasing his first pinball, earning his famous “Frank the Crank” name, Joe Camarota and Jerry Merola coming on to expand the leadership roles, and discover the people behind the scenes that keep Alpha-Omega on top of all high scores.
We at Alpha-Omega would also like to thank all our industry friends and family for the kind and generous words that make up the 50-Year Anniversary cover story.
Amusement Expo International is right around the corner (Amusement Expo).
With over 160 exhibitors and 20+ seminars, this is a show you MUST attend.
The Amusement Expo will host 20+ seminars on Monday, March 9th, covering topics on valuating/selling routes; creating marketing plans; pinball; inspired leadership; cyber security; escape rooms; small footprint FECs; card-stored/cashless systems; unique promotions; FEC and Operator roundtables; hiring/retaining employees; ATM best practices; the “Infinite Game;” and rewards/membership programs. Also offered will be a separate track on virtual reality topics and laser tag components. Keynote speakers for the education day are Larry Johnson, co-author of the top selling book: “Absolute Honesty: Building a Corporate Culture That Values Straight Talk and Rewards Integrity” and Ed Rensi, former president and CEO of McDonalds.
Foundations Entertainment University will also be entering their 18th year hosting their 51st seminar. With a new design and layout, you do not want to miss this educational seminar program covering all aspects of market & financial feasibility, planning, design, financing, development, marketing and managing a location-based entertainment business for long-term success. For more information visit Foundations Entertainment University.
A pending Virginia proposed House and Senate Bill (881 & 908, respectively) intends “skill games” to be considered illegal gaming.
If passed, prizes and tickets could not exceed the value of the cost to play the game or the total aggregate cost of playing multiple games.
These proposed bills (Virginia Assembly) are two of over 20 gaming legislation bills the House and Senate will review. Of these Bills, the biggest ticket appears to be a Casino looking to operate in 5 cities and THE DEFINITION OF skill games.
According to AAMA President, Joe Camarota, “This was a hot subject at the AMOA State Council meetings. I spoke to Charles Rowland from Virginia who has been fighting this for the last year. There is nothing definitive yet and, as always, AAMA stands ready to assist”.
The virus that has taken the world by storm and finally has a name; COVID-19. Commonly known as the “Coronavirus”, the name is significant because the term “Coronavirus” is actually a family of viruses, including some that cause the household cold (https://lifehacker.com/)
According to CNN, COVID-19 has killed over 3,214 people and 94,250 people worldwide have been infected
In wake of the quick-moving virus, IAAPA announced they canceled their event in Beijing, set to take place on 3/22/20
When is a game more than a game? When that game is Fortnite. Fortnite has been dubbed “the most important (consumer) video game of the past decade and may continue through the 2020’s” (Business Insider)
Fortnite is completely free to play but its revenue exceeds 2 billion dollars! How is this possible? Easy, Fortnite invites players to purchase “add-ons”, such as V-Bucks or Founder Packs that unlock limited loot or new characters.
Transcending the industry, Twitch and Fortnite star, Tyler Blevins, was the first e-Sports player on the cover of ESPN Magazine.
Siverball Museum (Silverball Museum ) hosted their Pinball for a Cause Gala for Developmental Disabilities in November and raised $15,000 for people with autism, down syndrome, and other forms of disabilities.
Housing over 100 classic pinball and arcade games, the November event welcomed the community to raise donations through an auction and raffle tickets.
On the wave of success, Silverball Museum plans to host more events with The Arc of Palm Beach County (The Arc)
Safety – Check your power cords to make sure all 3 prongs are good. If you have a game giving little shocks when you touch it, you probably have a ground plug broken off. You must cut off and replace the plug if the ground is broken (Paul Sawinski, Manager/Technician)
Static Electricity – Fill a spray bottle with fabric softener mixed with water to lessen static during the cold months. Spray in front of any game to avoid static shocks (Paul Sawinski, Manager/Technician)
According to The Verge, “Atari has licensed its name for a number of brand partnerships in the gaming space, but the company’s latest deal to build eight Atari-branded hotels marks its foray into the hospitality industry**”. Interested in a vacation that encourages you to play video games? These hotels may be for you.
The Atari branded hotels (Atari Hotels) main attractions will be VR/AR and gaming, with select locations accommodating convention style halls to host e-Sports events.
This will be interesting to follow, especially the Hotels that do not host e-Sports. Is the Atari (or any arcade brand) significant enough to command guests as a “must” stay? Can the gaming theme attract business executives, or will they rely solely on “gamers”?
**The hotels will be designed by the True North Studio and GSD group (Phoenix New Times) and Atari will receive a specified amount of hotel revenue.
Here’s the Ticket!
- Ticket Ring Jumbo 45” Rank #1 is by far the Top-Earning Game
- Treasure Dome 4 Pl (UNIS) continues to be the biggest new surprise Ranking #2
- Power Roll is a great game and is showing consistent Top 10 Revenues
- Virtual Rabbids Ranked #8 overall and is the #1 video game
- Storm – You should note rank #17 is overall, and I believe it ranked #2 in video.
- There are 2 Merchandisers (includes plush, cards, tokens, or ticket awards) rank in the Overall Top 10. This shows that players want to win more than just a single prize from a crane or points from a redemption game. COLLECTING IS NOW KING
Hottest New Games – Thumbs Up
The AEM/Alpha Teams Gives a Thumbs Up to the following New Test Games and Old Work Horses (Must Have’s) based on their revenues during the months of January/February 2019
- Ticket Ring Jumbo 45” at #1 and a cost of less than $5,000 is a ‘no brainer’.
- Connect 4 Hoops stays in the Top 12 for all 2019. My take is that this game will be a Work Horse for years to come!!! Another ‘no-brainer’ if you have the ceiling height.
- Treasure Dome 4 Pl is a special game that all FEC’s should take note of.
- Virtual Rabbids 2 Pl remains at Rank #5. Virtual Rabbids is still by far the best video game on the Planet. (See YouTube Video featuring Malcolm Steinberg, Chairman LAI). Virtual Rabbids now has 3 new software games.
Advice: If you are considering buying a new game and you have waited 12 months to make a decision (and you do not have a lot of space) and you do not have a Ticket Ring Jumbo 45”, you should label yourself as a ‘Primo/Prima Procrastinator’. If you are waiting to get one at a low ‘used’ price, you may have to wait another 100 months as I do not see any sane person trading one in any time soon!!!
Apple Face Place Photo Booth-Air Hockey (Firestorm)-Video Games are Included
Special Games to Keep Track Of
Newest Games are Highlighted in Yellow
Frank ‘the Crank’ Designed Games
|Rank #||Top Combined Games||Merchandise Dispensing||Merchandise Rank||Video & Novelty Rankings|
|Linked Game Rank As a Pair Combined|
|1||Ticket Ring Jumbo||Ticket Ring Jumbo||1|
|3||Wizard of Oz 6 Pl|
|4||E-Claw 900 2 Pl||E-Claw 900 2 Pl||2|
|5||Monster Drop Extreme|
|6||Connect 4 Basketball|
|8||Virtual Rabbids||#1 VIDEO|
|11||Fun Zone Crane||Fun Zone Crane||3|
|12||Mega Stacker||Mega Stacker||4|
|16||SpongeBob Pineapple Arcade 2 Pl|
|18||Jurassic World Island Escape|
|19||Big Bass Wheel #2 Linked||#1|
|21||Mega Triple Crane-1 Bay Ticket Bundles||Mega Triple Crane-1 Bay Ticket Bundles||5|
|22||Ticket Time||Ticket Time|
|24||Knock it Off Rotary 4 Pl w/Ticket Rolls||Knock it Off Rotary 4 Pl w/Ticket Rolls||6|
|25||Magic Shot (Replaced iCube)||Magic Shot (Replaced iCube)||7|
|27||Whack N Win|
|28||Big Choice Crane 2 Pl|
|31||Big Bass Wheel #1 Linked|
|33||Fishbowl Frenzy A Linked||#3|
|34||Fishbowl Frenzy B Linked|
|36||Wheel Of Fortune|
|38||Giga Crane 1 Pl||Giga Crane 1 Pl||8|
|39||Ice Man 2 Pl|
|42||Coconut Bash #2||#4|
|44||Bean Bag Toss|
|47||Tickets Tickets Tickets||Tickets Tickets Tickets||9|
|49||Spin N Win 6′ Dia.|
|50||Mighty Mini Rotary||Mighty Mini Rotary||10|
|51||Plinko – The Price Is Right|
|53||Typhoon Lagoon SD 2 Pl||#4 VIDEO|
|54||Coconut Bash #1|
|55||Black Hole Merchandiser||Black Hole Merchandiser||11|
|57||Photo Booth Sapphire||Photo Booth Sapphire||12|
|58||Slither 3 Pl|
|59||Crank It Revolution 2Pl|
|60||Key Catcher #2 w/Ticket Strips||Key Catcher #2 w/Ticket Strips||13|
|61||Super Bikes 3 #2||#5 VIDEO|
|62||Prize Aquarium||Prize Aquarium||14|
|63||Super Bikes 3 #1|
|64||Air Hockey #1||#1 NOVELTY|
|65||Cruis’n Blast #3||#6 VIDEO|
|69||Cruis’n Blast #4|
|71||Snowboarders #1||#7 VIDEO|
|BEST OF THE BEST WORKHORSES|
|WORKHORSES IN GREEN|
|NEWEST TEST GAMES IN YELLOW|
|OTHER WORK HORSE GAMES||$ 1,819|
|Test Location-High Volume (NE)||Wk Ending||Rev/Game||Payout %|
|Air Hockey #1||02-18-2020||$572||n/a|
|All-in||* New 2/13||$1,142||13%|
|Bean Bag Toss||02-18-2020||$1,151||24%|
|Big Bass Wheel #1 Linked||02-18-2020||$1,612||27%|
|Big Bass Wheel #2 Linked||02-18-2020||$2,226||23%|
|Big Choice Crane 2 Pl||02-18-2020||$1,788||17%|
|Black Hole Merchandiser||02-18-2020||$836||8%|
|Coconut Bash #1||02-18-2020||$891||22%|
|Coconut Bash #2||02-18-2020||$1,215||21%|
|Connect 4 Basketball||02-18-2020||$4,185||25%|
|Crank It Revolution 2Pl||02-18-2020||$734||17%|
|Cruis’n Blast #3||02-18-2020||$526||n/a|
|Cruis’n Blast #4||02-18-2020||$447||n/a|
|E-Claw 900 2 Pl||02-18-2020||$4,502||25%|
|Fishbowl Frenzy A Linked||02-18-2020||$1,570||26%|
|Fishbowl Frenzy B Linked||02-18-2020||$1,504||31%|
|Fun Zone Crane||02-18-2020||$3,052||15%|
|Giga Crane 1 Pl||02-18-2020||$1,352||29%|
|Ice Man 2 Pl||02-18-2020||$1,311||20%|
|Jurassic World Island Escape||02-18-2020||$2,512||24%|
|Key Catcher #2 w/Ticket Strips||02-18-2020||$661||24%|
|Knock it Off Rotary 4 Pl w/Ticket Rolls||02-18-2020||$2,041||17%|
|Magic Shot (Replaced iCube)||02-18-2020||$2,031||27%|
|Mega Triple Crane-1 Bay Ticket Bundles||02-18-2020||$2,111||19%|
|Mighty Mini Rotary||02-18-2020||$1,014||26%|
|Monster Drop Extreme||02-18-2020||$4,208||31%|
|Photo Booth Sapphire||02-18-2020||$795||n/a|
|Plinko – The Price Is Right||* New 2/13||$980||27%|
|Slither 3 Pl||02-18-2020||$743||30%|
|Spin N Win 6′ Dia.||02-18-2020||$1,030||28%|
|SpongeBob Pineapple Arcade 2 Pl||02-18-2020||$2,558||21%|
|Super Bikes 3 #1||02-18-2020||$622||n/a|
|Super Bikes 3 #2||02-18-2020||$660||n/a|
|Ticket Ring Jumbo||02-18-2020||$7,232||20%|
|Tickets Tickets Tickets||02-18-2020||$1,084||26%|
|Whack N Win||02-18-2020||$1,948||28%|
|Wheel Of Fortune||02-18-2020||$1,400||25%|
|Wizard of Oz 6 Pl||02-18-2020||$4,996||25%|
|Game Name||Revenue||Win %||Prize Item||Ranking Combined|
|Big Choice Double A||$958||18%||Figet Squidgets|
|Big Choice Double B||$830||15%||Belly Buddies/Polar Bears|
|Big Choice Total||$1,788||17%||#28|
|Giga Crane 1 Pl||$1,352||29%||Llamas||#37|
|E-Claw 900 A||$2,702||26%||Pokemon|
|E-Claw 900 B||$1,800||23%||Belly Buddies|
|Mega Triple A||$527||27%||5′ Pinguins|
|Mega Triple B||$875||15%||Treasure Chests|
|Mega Triple C||$709||18%||Tickets-100/150’s|
|Mega Triple Total||$2,111||19%||#21|
|Fun Zone Crane||$3,052||15%||Ticket balls||#11|
|Key Catcher 2||$661||24%||Ticket Strips||#61|
|Knock It Off Rotary 4 Pl||$2,041||17%||Ticket Rolls||#24|
|Mighty Mini||$1,014||26%||Ticket Bundles + Small Toys||#49|
|TicketsTicketTickets||$1,084||26%||Ticket Bundles (Alpha Set)||#46|
|Mega Stacker||$2,836||14%||Ticket Bricks 2000||#12|
|Ticket Time||$2,093||21%||Ticket Rolls (Alpha Mix)||#22|
|Ticket Ring Jumbo 45″||$7,232||20%||Jumbo Ticket Rolls||#1|
|DC Super Heroes||$3,182||21%||#10|
|Wizard of Oz 6 Pl||$4,996||25%||#3|
|Black Hole Merch.||$836||8%||$25,$50,$3, $4 prizes||#55|
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