BRISTOL, PA -- Videogame-maker Megatouch LLC said it is ceasing all development and production of touchscreen terminals and associated software.
In an announcement this week, the factory said, "Specifically, Megatouch Live, the ML-1 terminal and ION software updates are all being discontinued. Existing quantities of hardware and software will be sold until inventories are depleted."
The Megatouch company and product date back 35 years, and have been pioneers in coin-op entertainment for bars and taverns. Megatouch products were created by Merit Industries, which was acquired by St. Louis-based Harbour Group in 2002. A year later, Harbour acquired jukebox maker Rowe International, and soon after that both assets were combined and managed under the newly formed AMI Entertainment Network umbrella, offering Internet-based digital music and video content.
In 2012, AMI separated its jukebox and videogame business, and Megatouch became its own legal entity in 2013. At the time, AMI chief executive Mike Maas, who also heads up Megatouch LLC, said music and videogames are two distinct categories that have different requirements.
"The needs of videogames and digital music services are very different, even opposing," Maas said a year ago. He explained that in the video sector, AMI creates original content, which allows it to deliver software to market as quickly as possible, and to release updates on its own schedules. For its music business, the company is involved in licensing and administering existing content, which needs to follow a more secure and deliberate path to the marketplace. The separation, Maas emphasized, would help accelerate AMI's product development cycles. Last year, he predicted that AMI would be viewed as the product innovator in 2014. | SEE STORY
In addition to jukebox hardware and music, AMI Entertainment now provides music video services and Tap TV narrowcast television channels, which includes Tap TV Trivia, a nationwide videogaming channel.
Megatouch LLC said it will retain the capability to provide limited technical support, primarily to honor the warranty period, which is up to three years on some products. Parts will continue to be available, from distributors and Megatouch, to support warranty work, as well as non-warranty to the extent possible. Tournamaxx, the company's tournament system, will remain operational in its current form at least through 2014; both operator-run and Megatouch-sponsored tournaments will be available. Other services, such as Prize Farm, a skill-with-prize machine, and the AMI Access remote management system, will also continue to be supported through 2014. There will be no new updates for any products, the company said.