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Issue Date: Vol. 44, No. 7, July 2004, Posted On: 7/19/2004


July 19, 2004: Judge Overturns State Anti-Video Law; AMOA Plans Fall Move; CEC Beats Expectations; Rudowicz To Attend AAMA Meeting

COURT VOIDS VIDEO VIOLENCE LAW IN WASHINGTON STATE

SEATTLE - U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik issued a summary judgment on July 16 that voids a Washington state law designed to ban violent video games for minors. HB 1009, passed last year and signed with great fanfare by the governor, was aimed at the home video industry but its language was broad enough that zealous law enforcement officials conceivably could have applied it to arcade games. The statute triggered a civil suit from the Video Software Dealers Association and was never enforced. "Given the fact that rights of free expression are at stake, the court finds that the act is unconstitutionally vague," the judge wrote.

 

 

AMOA'S OFFICES TO RELOCATE IN FALL

ITASCA, IL , The Amusement & Music Operators Association is moving its headquarters to a northwestern suburb of Chicago this fall. As of Sept. 1, 2004, AMOA's offices will be at 33 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 830, South Barrington, IL 60010. The new office is adjacent to I-90, a major highway, and provides the association with additional square footage. AMOA's toll-free number will remain the same, 800-YES-AMOA, but its office telephone and fax numbers will have to be changed. In other AMOA news, it was announced that country music singer Tracy Byrd will participate in a panel discussion on music piracy and jukebox licensing during AMOA's International Expo in Las Vegas (Sept. 30 , Oct. 2,); that same evening he will join the convention's AMOA's Industry Gala. AMOA also plans to give away CD jukeboxes during the show.

 

 

CHUCK E. CHEESE'S SEES RECORD EARNINGS

IRVING, TX , CEC Entertainment, parent company of the 479-store Chuck E. Cheese's chain, on July 14 announced record 8.2% earnings for the second quarter ended June 27, 2004. Revenues for the quarter increased to $165.4 million from $152.9 million in the second quarter of 2003. Net income in the second quarter of 2004 increased to $15.3 million from $14.8 million in the same period of 2003. Comparable store sales were up by 0.1% for the quarter and up 2.8% for the first six months of 2004. The performance exceeded expectations; officials said they expected improved earnings to continue.

 

 

RUDOWICZ TO ATTEND AAMA BOARD MEETING

CHICAGO , Mike Rudowicz, president of the American Amusement Machine Association, is now recovering at home following several weeks in the hospital, AAMA staff confirmed today. The popular executive will participate in AAMA's board meeting and Distributor Gala, set for later this week in Chicago. Rudowicz was gravely harmed during what was supposed to be a routine back operation on June 23 and lost considerable blood. The Rudowicz family and the AAMA board and staff have expressed their gratitude to industry members for their concern and support.

 


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