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Amusement Expo News

Amusement Expo International 2023 Crushes Attendance Goals

Posted: April 19, 2023

The Amusement Expo International has announced breaking attendance records for its 2023 event while shining a bright light on the latest innovations for the coin-op industry and virtual reality technology, as well as professional services and suppliers for amusement, music and game operators and family entertainment centers.

Industry Award Honorees & Hall of Fame Inductees Announced!

Posted: April 4, 2023

AMOA leaders presented the coveted Innovator and Operator’s Choice Awards at the 2023 Amusement Expo International in Las Vegas. Leaders from across the country came together during the annual Beers & Cheers recognition ceremony to highlight the best of the best in the amusement and entertainment industry. Honorees Included: 

AMOA Innovator Award
Barron Games – Birdly

AMOA Innovator Award
Team Play – Carnival Wheel

AMOA Operator’s Choice Award
Pipeline Games – Perfect 10

AMOA Operator’s Choice Award
Elaut Group – Carnival Cups

AMOA Operator’s Choice Award
LAI Games – Rick & Morty Blips and Chitz

AMOA Operator’s Choice Award
Team Play – Carnival Wheel & Photomotion

AAMA Manufacturer of the Year
Raw Thrills

AAMA Distributor of the Year

AAMA Supplier of the Year
Rhode Island Novelty

AAMA Allied Member of the Year
Creative Works

AAMA FEC of the Year
Rev’d up Fun

AAMA Lifetime Achievement Award
Allen Weisberg

Best Booth Award: 1-2 Booths
BMI Leisure

Best Booth Award: 3-6 Booths
JK Coin Supply

Best Booth Award: 8+ Booths
AMI Entertainment

In addition to the annual awards, AAMA announced the inaugural class of inductees to the Amusement Industry Hall of Fame. The inaugural class is comprised of 31 individuals and six legendary products that have contributed to forming the thriving and expanding industry as it exists today. Each has made a positive and lasting difference to our business of fun. The individuals being inducted are made up of two categories, 21 Legacy Inductees who are no longer with us, and 10 living inductees. 

Hall of Fame Inductees

Hall of Fame Inductees

  • David Rosen - Co-Founder of Sega
  • Jules Millman - Creator of the Mall Arcade with Aladdin’s Castle
  • Eddie Adlum - Founder of Replay Magazine
  • Gary Stern - Co-Founder of Data East Pinball and Stern Pinball and Co-Founder of the AAMA
  • Nolan Bushnell – Founder of Atari, Chuck-e-Cheese and Sente
  • Elaine Hodgson - Co-Founder of Incredible Technologies
  • Richard Ditton - Co-Founder of Incredible Technologies
  • Eugene Jarvis - Creator of some of the best video games ever made while a game designer with Williams Electronics, and founder of Raw Thrills.
  • Joe Kaminkow – Game Design Engineer with Williams Electronics, and Co-Founder of Data East Pinball which became Sega Pinball and the man singularly responsible for the permanent return of licensing pop-culture movies, plays, and musical acts for amusement games.
  • Malcolm Steinberg - Founder of LAI Games, Embed, and Time Zone Family Amusement Centers

Products or Games

  • The Wurlitzer 1015 Juke Box
  • Donkey Kong by Nintendo
  • Space Invaders by Taito 
  • PacMan by Namco
  • Skee Ball, originally manufactured by Skee Ball, Inc. and today by Bay Tek Entertainment
  • The Touchtunes Juke Box

Legacy Inductees

  • David Rockola – Founder of Rockola Juke Boxes
  • Harry Williams – Founder of Williams Mfg. 
  • Bill O’Donnell, Sr. – President of Bally Manufacturing 
  • Hank Ross – Co-Founder of Midway Manufacturing 
  • Marcine “Iggy” Wolverton – Co-Founder of Midway Manufacturing 
  • JP Seeburg – Founder of Seeburg Juke Boxes
  • Lynn Durant – Founder of United Manufacturing
  • Michael Kogan – Founder of Taito
  • Ray Maloney – Founder of Lion Manufacturing, which became Bally Manufacturing
  • George Miller - Founder of the AMOA 
  • Marty Bromley - Co-Founder of Sega 
  • Ralph Coppola - Founder of Innovative Concepts in Entertainment 
  • Dave Corriveau, Co-Founder of Dave and Busters 
  • Buster Corley, Co-Founder of Dave and Busters
  • Joe Robbins - Executive with Empire Distributing, Atari, and a Co-Founder of the AAMA 
  • David Gottlieb - Founder of Gottlieb Pinball 
  • Chuck Milhem - President of Valley Mfg. Co and Founder of the VNEA 
  • Earl Feddick - Founder of Valley Pool Tables 
  • Masaya Nakamura – Founder of NAMCO and the leader of the company when PAC-MAN was introduced
  • Sam Stern - Co-owner of Williams Electronics, and Founder of Stern Electronics 
  • Humbert “Bert” Betti - President of H. Betti Industries

Celebrating a Soaring Success!

Posted: April 4, 2023

The Amusement Expo International 2023 wrapped up last week, breaking attendance records while shining a bright light on the latest in games for the coin-op industry, virtual reality technology and business strategies for operators and family entertainment centers.

AEI 2023 is NOW OPEN!

Posted: March 28, 2023

The Amusement Expo International is taking place this week...right now! It’s not too late to take advantage of this great opportunity for knowledge and connections available for you and your team. Discover new game technologies, business strategies and numerous networking events.

This is a Game Changer!

Posted: March 16, 2023

Now is the time to get excited, for this industry is SOARING! Connect with fellow attendees, discover innovative games, and regroup with your industry and peers during the Amusement Expo International.

Learn the Secrets to THEIR Success!

Posted: March 9, 2023

AEI will feature some of the most influential experts in the out of home entertainment industry. They represent the best in game and entertainment technology, business development and family entertainment centers. Take a closer look at who’s meeting the industry’s most challenging issues and the secrets to their success...

Get ready to soak up the surroundings

Posted: March 1, 2023

The continued growth of the Amusement Expo International demonstrates the significant force that the Out of Home Entertainment Industry has become. The Amusement Expo International (AEI) is celebrating The SOARING ‘20s: The Future is Back! Come join us!

Everything you need to know to have a blast at AEI in Vegas!

Posted: February 24, 2023

In addition to their informative education sessions and action-packed exhibit floor, AEI is well known for its networking opportunities with thousands of attendees, exhibitors, and speakers. These special events are a valuable opportunity to connect one-on-one with other industry professionals who can help your business soar!

Education Series Announced!

Posted: February 16, 2023

The Amusement Expo International supports amusement and entertainment professionals at every stage of their careers by offering great resources and tools to build knowledge and increase profits. AEI will be providing a variety of high-quality educational activities and resources this year. Take a look at how you can gain a competitive edge over those who don’t attend!

Co-Locating Events to Extend Your AEI Experience

Posted: February 10, 2023

The Amusement Expo International offers attendees and exhibitors additional value by partnering with a variety of co-locating events. In addition to free or discounted access to exhibits and seminars, AEI also benefit from networking opportunities with professionals representing different parts of the amusement industry.

Why is Amusement Expo a Top Show in the Industry?

Posted: February 2, 2023

The Amusement Expo International is the only conference and trade show hosted by the industry’s leading professional associations: Amusement & Music Operators Association (AMOA), and The American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA) who represent the multi-billion-dollar amusement and entertainment industry. And as AEI continues to grow and expand its influence, this event has become a must-attend for those who want top-tier access and connection to the latest innovations, decision makers and leaders representing all areas of the Coin-Op and Out-of-Home Entertainment Industry.

It's Time to Register and Save!

Posted: January 26, 2023

Attend the only conference of its kind hosted by the two leading professional associations representing the out-of-home amusement and entertainment industry, AMOA and AAMA. Join thousands of like-minded entrepreneurs and companies eager to get a jump on the latest games and strategies to build profits and engage customers of all ages.

Education Sessions Announced!

Posted: January 20, 2023

For FECs, route operators, game distributors and investors, a lot has changed over the last few years. Join leading thought leaders and experts as they share strategies, experiences, and insights for new ideas on how to operate your business in the post pandemic world. AEI’s educational sessions have been announced!

Show Floor Reservations SOAR Above 2022!

Posted: November 30, 2022

Reservations from initial booth selection have already accounted for over 84% square feet at the Amusement Expo International – more than 233 of the projected exhibit spaces as reported by AMOA and AAMA, hosts for the event.

Amusement Expo International Signs 3-Year Deal with Bob Cooney
to Host Location-Based VR Event

Posted: October 6, 2022

After five years of continuous growth, the organizers of Amusement Expo International have signed a new 3-year deal with VR Arcade Game Summit creator and host Bob Cooney. Under the terms of the agreement, Cooney will continue to curate the education program, recruit sponsors, and act as emcee and moderator for the expanded 2-day event through 2025. Read press release (PDF)...

Amusement Expo Partnering with BCA Expo

Posted: September 28, 2022

Amusement Expo International (AEI) is excited to announce a major expansion of the core categories represented on its exhibit floor and educational program when the Billiard & Home Leisure Expo (BCA Expo) makes its debut as a new member of AEI’s colocation family in 2023. Read press release (PDF)...

Call for Speakers Now Open

Posted: September 15, 2022

Each year, the Amusement Expo International (AEI) brings the industry together to present solutions to common challenges that impact our industry. We invite you to share your expertise on the business of play for the expanded AEI education program, Monday and Tuesday, March 27 & 28, 2023. Read More...