NEW BETSON WEBSITE DEDICATED TO 'RUSH 2049 SPECIAL EDITION' RELEASE
CARLSTADT, NJ - Betson Enterprises is launching a new website at http://www.rush2049.net/ to inform players about the release of "Rush 2049 Special Edition." Originally manufactured by Atari, the game is now produced by Betson, under license from Midway, in sitdown and upright configurations. The site is promoted as "player-built and player-run," which Betson executives say lends greater credibility to end users. Site content provides racetrack previews, tips and tricks. A forum lets players chat about hidden areas, coins and more. "Rush 2049 Special Edition," which features new game programming, ships next week through Betson and its authorized distributors. For additional information, visit http://www.betson.com.
WEST VIRGINIA OPERATORS TO GO AHEAD WITH VIDEO POKER
CHARLESTON, WV , The West Virginia state supreme court on Oct. 17 ruled that video lottery is legal under the state constitution. According to local newspapers, all five judges rejected arguments by plaintiff Larry Harless, an attorney, who had claimed video lottery was not covered by the 1984 Constitutional amendment that permitted lotteries in general. Harless told reporters he would seek an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court. State officials said video machines provide $400 million per year , approximately 80% of total state lottery earnings.
SEGA EARNINGS SKYROCKET
TOKYO , Sega Corp. has announced sharply revised earnings forecasts for the first half of the current business year, citing strong product sales. A group net profit of 5.7 billion yen ($51.8 million) is now expected for the April-through-September period. That's vastly more than the original projection (200 million yen). It also exceeds the same-period earnings from last year (1.01 billion yen). The sales projections for the six-month period rose from 88 billion yen to forecast to 94.2 billion yen ($856.4 million). Brisk sales for games like "The Key of Avalon" and "Dragon Treasure" account for the improved forecast, said executives, as well as ongoing shipments for older titles like "UFO Catcher 7." Sega also said worldwide volume of home video software is adding to the bottom line. For the full fiscal year, which ends in March 2004, the company now looks for 8 billion yen ($72.7 million) in net profit, up from earlier expectations of 7.5 billion yen. The full year is expected to yield 195.7 billion yen ($1.78 billion) in consolidated sales.
SHEBOYGAN, WI, OPERATOR FACES NON-LICENSING LAWSUIT FROM ASCAP
NEW YORK CITY , Six music publishing companies, all members of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, have filed suit in Wisconsin against Scott's Vending Inc. (Sheboygan, WI) and Scott Wachkowski, the company's principal. The lawsuit results from the alleged failure of Scott's Vending and Scott Wachkowski to obtain permission prior to the performance on their jukeboxes of copyrighted music belonging to ASCAP's members, said ASCAP. Jukebox operators and owners may license their jukeboxes for the performance of ASCAP music through the Jukebox License Office. VT was unable to reach the operator or his company for comment.
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