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The Four-Foot Drop Test

The once lovely Fun Stop Photos photo booth was lying on the ground – crunched, smashed, totaled, ruined, destroyed, and annihilated.  Onlookers wondered, “Is it dead?”

It sure looked dead.

Despite thunderstorms and ugly weather, Team Play’s VP of Marketing, Geno Giuntoli, valiantly traveled from Team Play’s offices in Elk Grove Village, Illinois to Minneapolis.  He would be exhibiting Team Play’s enormously popular Fun Stop Photos photo booth and hit videmption game, Fishbowl Frenzy, at Moss Distributing’s 2015 trade show.  At least, that was the plan.

Imagine Geno’s despair shortly before the show opening when he learned that the photo booth had been dropped.  If the photo booth was damaged, there would be no way to get a replacement photo booth to Minneapolis in time for the show opening the next day!

Tragically, the photo booth was not “dropped” as in drop shipped or dropped off early.  Not “dropped” as in dropped off its pallet or tipped over.   Not even “dropped” as in dropped off a forklift.  This Fun Stop Photos photo booth had been Dropped – with a capital “D” – off the bed of a semi‑truck four feet in the air, onto the unforgiving concrete pavement below.   That’s a pretty serious event for a heavy and complicated photo booth which sports two LCD monitors, two digital cameras, and an assortment of hard drives and sensitive electronic components!

After tumbling its full 500 pounds off a truck and falling over four feet onto the rock-hard concrete below, Geno’s Fun Stop Photos photo booth lay on its back, winded and wounded.  (Fortunately, no humans or animals were injured during this event.)

Was it dead?  It sure looked dead.

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New Jersey Bound

We are happy to announce that Team Play’s hit videmption game Fishbowl Frenzy has been approved for operation in the State of New Jersey!

The New Jersey Control Commission examines amusement games to determine whether they satisfy statutory requirements.  Among other factors considered, the game play must be for entertainment purposes and based on the player’s active participation and skill.

In addition to the written notice, Team Play received a phone call from a New Jersey Commissioner who was very complimentary and extremely impressed with the Fishbowl Frenzy game.

It is a special treat to receive such high praise from someone who examines virtually every redemption game on the market!

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Another Lure to Hook Players

Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water… Team Play has announced that its new Progressive Conversion Kit for Fishbowl Frenzy will be released at Amusement Expo Booth No. 1123 in Las Vegas on March 24-26.

If the stand-alone Fishbowl Frenzy is any indication, then a Progressive version should be truly extraordinary.  Fishbowl Frenzy already won the IAAPA Brass Ring Award for Best New Coin-Op Product and is considered to be one of the best redemption games ever created.  But Team Play expects that customers will be even more impressed with the Progressive version.

The Fishbowl Frenzy Progressive introduces a series of challenges of increasing difficulty which players must overcome in order to win the big prize.  With each game played the prospective reward increases, until the potential ticket win reaches the operator-selectable maximum.

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To catch a fish, you need the right bait!

If your Fishbowl Frenzy isn’t one of the top 5 earning redemption games in your location, then your settings are wrong.  What you need is the right combination of baits!

Based on information gathered from Fishbowl Frenzy customers, Team Play has released Price-to-Ticket Ratio* tables to maximize your Fishbowl Frenzy earnings.   Older versions of the Fishbowl Frenzy software set the default ratio at only 11% which may discourage players.  Changing your settings to the optimal ratio will maximize player interest and maximize the game’s earnings.

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Best in Show

We are honored that Team Play’s Fishbowl Frenzy was recently described as the overall “best in show” for IAAPA 2014 by Play Meter Magazine columnists Zach and Josh Sharpe.

These well-known and well-liked coin-op brothers are the sons of industry veteran Roger Sharpe.  Born into the coin-op industry, Josh and Zach are ranking world pinball champions, recognized as being two of the finest pinball players in the world!  (How cool is that?!)  As a result, they are uniquely qualified to opine on all things coin-op, and we are thrilled that they like Fishbowl Frenzy.

Writing about IAAPA 2014 in Play Meter Magazine’s February 2015 issue, Zach and Josh Sharpe said:

If there had to be an overall ‘best in show,’ it was arguably Team Play’s Fishbowl Frenzy and our opinions weren’t too far off from those of the masses.  Fishbowl Frenzy won the 2014 Brass Ring Award for Best New Product in the Coin-Operated Arcade and Redemption Equipment category at IAAPA Expo 2014.

What truly sets this game apart from other skill-based ball drop games is the gigantic 65-inch transmissive LCD screen technology.  This feature, coupled with the use of augmented reality and 3D animations, simply create a ‘wow’ factor that only comes around so often in the coin-operated market.

What a huge compliment!  Thank you Josh and Zach Sharpe!

Check out Play Meter magazine’s February 2015 issue or go to the News Page of Team Play’s web site to see the full article.  To order your Fishbowl Frenzy, click here to find a Team Play distributor near you!

Eat, Drink, and Play Fishbowl Frenzy at Dave & Buster’s

Team Play has completed shipping its new Fishbowl Frenzy™ videmption game to every Dave and Buster’s™, the first chain of entertainment destinations to receive the new augmented reality, videmption game.

Fishbowl Frenzy’s arrival at Dave & Buster’s has been quite the subject of discussion online, and has been featured in hundreds of YouTube videos.

Team Play reports enormous U.S and international demand for Fishbowl Frenzy, production of which only recently started. Dave & Buster’s was kind enough to quietly test Fishbowl Frenzy prototypes at two of their locations. They were so happy with the test results that they ordered units for all of their stores before the game was even in production!

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Fish and Fun in the Sun!

Staying a little closer to home this week, Team Play’s new Fishbowl Frenzy™ and Gen II Fun Stop Photos™ photo booth will be appearing in California on Thursday.  Team Play was invited to participate in the 2nd Annual California Entertainment Machine Association (CEMA) Spotlight Show 2015 in La Mirada on January 22nd.

We are delighted to support the California association again this year.  Team Play co-owner, Ed Pellegrini, and long-time customer, John Lemieux of Dandy Amusements International, will be on hand to talk with operators about Team Play’s new, top-earning, coin-op products.

Dandy Amusements currently operates over 200 units of Fun Stop Photos.  They have tried every photo booth on the market and strongly believe that the Fun Stop Photos booths are superior to all other photo booths for sale.  So, while you’re at CEMA 2015, be sure to ask John Lemieux about photo booths!

Team Play also will exhibit Fishbowl Frenzy™, which always is a crowd pleaser.  If you haven’t heard about Team Play’s new videmption (video redemption) game, then you haven’t been paying attention.  And, if you haven’t seen Fishbowl Frenzy in person yet, this is your chance!

Visit the CEMA 2015 Show at the Holiday Inn in La Mirada, California on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Enjoy some gorgeous, sunny, California weather and check out the two, top-earning, new coin-op products from Team Play . . . because Fun Stop Photos and Fishbowl Frenzy bring gorgeous earnings and sunny days to every location!

Fishbowl Frenzy at EAG 2015

EAG 2015 photo courtesy of Intergame Magazine

Team Play’s new videmption game Fishbowl Frenzy™ has once again crossed the pond, this time to London for the sixth annual EAG International Amusement and Leisure Show that took place at the ExCeL London Exhibition Centre earlier this week.

Betson Enterprises and The United Distribution Company presented an impressive display of Team Play’s Fishbowl Frenzy™ game, which was very popular with EAG attendees.  Coverage of EAG 2015 by Intergame Magazine included some great photos, including Betson’s Tom Kane with UDC and Fishbowl Frenzy in London.

EAG 2015 photo courtesy of Intergame Magazine

Fishbowl Frenzy has been extremely well-liked overseas since it was released two months ago by the U.S. redemption game and photo booth manufacturer, Team Play, Inc.  Since Fishbowl Frenzy first appeared at EAS in Amsterdam and ENADA in Italy, Team Play has been inundated with international inquiries from people wanting to buy the game, whether to distribute or to operate in their own arcades.

Emails and calls have been flooding in to Team Play from all over:  Italy, Netherlands, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa…  Fortunately, Team Play has an excellent network of distributors worldwide, so everyone will be able to find a Fishbowl Frenzy for their family entertainment center.

It is very exciting to know that people all over the world love Fishbowl Frenzy™ as much as we do!

Bigger and Bigger Crowds for Team Play

It’s Day Three of the 2014 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, and the crowd keeps growing in Team Play’s Booth 2000.

“At times, it’s almost impossible to walk from one side of the booth to the other,” said Team Play’s VP of Sales, Geno Giuntoli.  “We’re all busy talking to customers, and I can see more customers waiting. The response to Team Play’s products has been truly incredible!”

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Fishbowl Wins Brass Ring Award

Team Play is delighted to announce that Fishbowl Frenzy™ has won the 2014 Brass Ring Award for “Best New Product” in the Coin-Operated Arcade and Redemption Equipment category at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida!

Prior to its official release at IAAPA, Fishbowl Frenzy™ had already caused quite a stir among those who caught a sneak peek of Team Play’s new augmented reality ticket redemption game while overseas at EAS and ENADA.

And, there was plenty of excitement in Orlando, Florida earlier this week, where Fishbowl Frenzy debuted to an enthusiastic crowd.

Test earnings of the prototype placed Fishbowl Frenzy solidly within the top ten earning redemption games, with its ranking climbing every week. The consensus among everyone who has seen Fishbowl Frenzy is that it is an exceptionally great game.

“We’ve been told that this might be the best redemption game ever created,” said Team Play’s COO, Ken Fedesna. “Winning the Brass Ring Award further confirms what we have been hearing – that people really like this game.”

Team Play started fulfilling the pre-production orders for Fishbowl Frenzy earlier this month, shipping in the sequence that orders were received. So, if you haven’t ordered your Fishbowl Frenzy yet, catch up with your competition and get in the queue! Go to to find a Team Play distributor near you.

In the meantime, the lobsters will dance as 3D fish jump for joy, because being the best new coin-op product at IAAPA is well worth celebrating!