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Raw Thrills Opts for MEI Bill Validators in All Coin-Op Games

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WEST CHESTER, Pa., March 8, 2010 — MEI, Inc. has entered into a long-term exclusive agreement with arcade game developer Raw Thrills, Inc., whereby Raw Thrills is changing their payment systems specification to MEI. Beginning with the release of Terminator Salvation Arcade, and for the next three years, Raw Thrills' coin-op games will ship equipped-standard with MEI Series 2000 Bill Validators.

“Every time a customer’s dollar bill is rejected, revenue is lost,” said Andrew Eloff, vice president of Raw Thrills. “We made the switch to MEI validators because they offer operators the most value and the highest return on investment.”

Raw Thrills has begun shipping new machines featuring MEI validators. “While we have changed our selection of payment systems, our route to market remains with Betson Enterprises,” said Eloff. Betson is an authorized MEI distributor and premier service center.

Chris Felix, MEI’s national amusement OEM manager said, “We are excited and honored to be awarded exclusivity on all Raw Thrills machines. Raw Thrills creates some of the most profitable games in the industry, and this agreement demonstrates their commitment to providing games that maximize operator revenue.”

MEI’s portfolio of products offered to the amusement industry is unmatched and provides operators with the right solution for their location needs. MEI validators feature more than 98 percent acceptance rate, the highest in the industry. With nearly three million Series 2000 manufactured, all MEI bill validators are designed to accept wet, torn and street condition bills without jamming. Fewer jams and higher acceptance means lower service costs and higher profits to the operator.

About Raw Thrills, Inc.

Raw Thrills Inc. was founded in 2001 by former Midway game designer Eugene Jarvis and partner Andrew Eloff to create the next generation of arcade game entertainment. The company started out developing video casino slots for IGT, who is the world’s largest video casino game developer. Since that time, Raw Thrills currently has a staff of around 25 employees that consists of game programmers, hardware engineers, graphic artists, and testers. Raw Thrills continues to push the envelope in arcade game entertainment. For more information visit

About MEI

MEI, headquartered in West Chester , Pa. , holds the world’s largest installed base of unattended payment systems, handling over two billion transactions per week in more than 100 countries. The company developed the first electronic coin mechanism in the 1960s, followed by the first electronic non-contact bill acceptor, and more recently its credit card capability and vending management solution. Recently, MEI reached a milestone of selling more than four million bill acceptors and five million coin mechanisms worldwide. Its products are in widespread use in the vending, soft drink, gaming, amusement, transport, retail, and kiosk markets. For more information on MEI and its products, visit or call 800-345-8215.

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