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 Coin-Operated Arcade Games Industry  |  Facts & Figures / By The Numbers          


This ongoing project to obtain, document and present interesting facts and figures about the coin-operated gaming
industry, along historic milestone dates for industry firsts, for both the press and general public was officially launched
on 04/21/05, and is continually updated.

If you have or know of some interesting facts about arcade games
to contribute to this page, we would love to hear
about them, as there is very little public information available about basic industry metrics within the coin-operated
game community. Please email your contribution, along with the source of the fact (if known) to info@bmigaming.com  


Coin Operated Arcade Game Machine Industry Statistics  |  USA

$8.1 Billion  Total amount of all coin-operated game industry gross proceeds (2004) 
$500 Million  Total amount of all coin-operated arcade new game sales worldwide (2004)
1.8 Million  Total number of coin-operated games in operation (2004)
 
  * Includes coin operated games plus video poker, cigarette and bulk vending machines
330,000  Total number of businesses having a coin-operated machine (2004)
330,000  Total number of businesses having a coin-operated machine (2004)
135,000  Total number of residences having at least one arcade games (2004)
5,000  Total number of public-access game arcades (2004)
2,000  Total number of Family Entertainment Centers (FEC's) (2004)


 Video Arcade Games Industry Statistics  |  USA

$3.5 Billion  Total dollars spent by the public on coin-operated video game use (2004)
$400 Million  Total dollars spent by Golden Tee Golf players on the game worldwide (2004)
10 Million  Estimated number of people who play Golden Tee Golf  worldwide (2004)
330,000  Estimated number of coin-operated video games on public location (2004)
293,822  Number of Pac Man (and variants) coin-operated games sold from 1980-1987
100,000  Estimated number of Golden Tee Golf games on location worldwide (2004)
180 Days  Average production lifespan for a typical modern video arcade game


 Pinball Machines
  Industry Statistics  |  USA

$112 Million  Total dollars spent by the public on coin-operated pinball usage (2004)
$80 Million  Estimated total worldwide sales of all pinball machines (2004)
$45 Million  Estimated total worldwide sales of new pinball machines (2004)
$12 Million  Estimated total worldwide consumer sales of new pinball machines (2004)
$500,000  Estimated total worldwide consumer sales of new pinball machines (1994)

205,000

  Approximate number of pinball machines produced worldwide (1980)
75,000  Highest number made for a single pinball machine  ("Ballyhoo", c1934)
45,000  Estimated number of units of pinball machines on public location (2004)
20,270  Highest number made for a modern pinball machine  ("Addams Family", c1992)

 $20,100

  Highest price ever paid for a single pinball machine  (Big Bang Bar, c1997)
10,000  Approximate number of pinball machines produced worldwide (2004)
4,500  Approximate number of different pinball models made since 1930
$4,400  Average price of a brand new pinball machine (2004)
$2,800  Average price of a modern used pinball machine in fully restored condition
$1,800  Average price of a modern used pinball machine (unrestored)
3,500  Average number of component parts in a modern pinball machine
2,500  Average number of machines produced for each individual pinball title
2400%  Estimated increase in consumer sales of pinball machines since 1994
1,200  Average number of screws, nuts and washers in a modern pinball machine
120  Average number of lights, bulb and flashers in a modern pinball machine
90 Days  Average first-run production lifespan for a new pinball machine
30 Yrs  Estimated life span of a modern pinball machine
28%  Estimated percentage of new pinball machines sold to consumers
23  Number of pinball machine manufacturers worldwide (1980)
1 Year  Average amount of time needed to design a modern pinball machine
1  Number of pinball machine manufacturers worldwide (2004)
1/2 Mile  Average amount of wire needed to produce a modern pinball machine
1800's  First pinball-like games ("Bagatelle" machines) are introduced in Europe
1931  First coin-operated pinball machine introduced  ("Waffle Board")
1966  First pinball machine with digital scoring  is introduced  ("Rally Girl")
1975  First "all electronic" solid-state pinball machine introduced  ("Spirit of 76")
1976  Year the last holdout state in the nation, New York, makes pinball "legal"
1979  First "talking" or electronic speech pinball machine introduced  ("Gorgar")
1999  First pinball machine to incorporate video technology  ("Revenge From Mars")


Coin-Operated Vending Machines
Industry Statistics  |  USA

$41 Billion  Total amount of all coin-operated vending industry gross proceeds (2002) 
5.5 Million  Total amount of all coin-operated vending machines in operation (2002) 
1.4 Million  Total amount of vending machines locations in operation (2002) 


Statistical Sources
:
 BMIGaming.com   |   PinballNews.com   |   Internet Pinball Database  |   Vending Times

            PlayMeter Magazine   |    Incredible Technologies   |   Stern Pinball           


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