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Business Sold Fake Pac-Man Arcade Machines Near Bandai Namco Headquarters

Arrests and charges against the fake arcade company have been made.

News by Matt Kim, .

Six people have been arrested for selling arcade cabinets pre-loaded with pirated video games in Santa Clara, California, in the same city where those game companies are based.

The six people—a woman, her son, her ex-husband, and three associates—ran CoinOpStore, a company that sold arcade cabinets filled with unauthorized games. This includes copies of Galaga, Tank Batallion, and "at least five iterations of Pac-Man," according to The Mercury News. Funnily enough, Bandai Namco, who owns the rights to these games, has a U.S. headquarters in Santa Clara. The company was selling arcade machines since 2014 through its online store, charging $1,495 apiece for the counterfeit arcade cabinets.

Santa Clara County Prosecutor, Erica Engin, is treating the crime as "thefts of ideas and innovation in Silicon Valley[.]"

Pac Man Cabinets

The six have been charged with 14 counts each of felony counterfeiting, which if convicted, can have a maximum prison term of 11 years and eight months, though it's reported that a sentence that long is rare.

The accused's assets have already been seized by prosecutors including more than $1.2 million in cash, a 2012 Mercedes Benz and a 2015 BMW, as well as five resident properties across the Bay Area.

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  • Avatar for BulkSlash #1 BulkSlash 2 months ago
    I see so many cabinets with Pac Man artwork, bezels and marquee on eBay that it never really occurred to me that Namco would have a problem with that. Are they still selling Pac Man arcade cabinets?
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #2 SIGGYZtar 2 months ago
    They sold bootleg arcade cabinets and had THAT much in assets? WTF. I know people want to relive their childhood or want to experience owning an arcade cabinet, that's why there's a hobby community. But these guys did a huge boner by marketing the games with the equipment.
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  • Avatar for usgmattkim #3 usgmattkim 2 months ago
    @SIGGYZtar I was thinking about that too, but I think they might have sold to other business too, like pizza places and stuff. Just my guess though.
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #4 SatelliteOfLove 2 months ago
    @SIGGYZtar

    Methinks the real estate involved was where the money really was given the area.
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