So I reached out to Bandai Namco Amusement America Inc. to see if there was anyway to get PCB’s cheaper..(Trust me I already knew the answer). I let him know how my son and I loved to build arcades and sell them occasionally, also the only problem was either I have to find an old PCB or sell them without games (for legal reasons). Believe it or not he replied! lol.. Here is what the Senior Vice President of products and services Frank Cosentino said:
I appreciate your reaching out. As you know, we have been manufacturing arcade quality games for home use for over 17 years. As well as the arcade games that we’ve made for as long as we’ve been in business.
Unfortunately, we do not offer a “cheap” board as you seek. Since we have to adhere to the FCC rules and all our products must go through stringent UL testing, we tend to be a bit more expensive than the bootlegs. Plus, even though we are a subsidiary of Bandai Namco, we still pay license fees for all the games. We also do marketing, advertising and promotions to keep the brand alive which all costs$$ and keeps the interest in the Classics high.
The same way that Mickey continues to produce revenue for Disney. Our IP continues to provide a revenue stream for us. It is good to know that both the Federal government and some local governments are cracking down on all types of IP theft.
We appreciate your continuing to be a law abiding citizen. Also, be careful selling games without FCC and UL testing. If one of your cabinets has an issue and starts a fire in someone else’s home, you could be held responsible.
Warning me about my cabling? Seriously dude? I mean I use straight PC’s and Raspberry Pi’s with power strips!
This is just another example of corporate america trying to keep every dine in their pocket!