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

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

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

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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Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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