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[.]"
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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