Arcade game maker Bandai Namco Amusement America is moving to a new location in Itasca
A maker of coin -powered arcade games is moving from Wood Dale to Itasca. Bandai Namco Amusement America will move into a 34,100-square-foot industrial building at 1550 West Glenlake Ave. in Itasca. The facility will be used for warehousing, storage, assembly, repair and repair, testing, and distribution of merchandise, materials and games.
Bandai Namco Amusement America is a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings, one of the largest video game companies in the world. Bandai Namco owns popular video game franchises, including Pac-Man, Tekken, Soulcalibur, and Dark Souls.
Bandai Namco Amusement America creates products from arcade video games to air hockey tables and claw machines.
Daniel Anelli, chief financial officer of Bandai Namco Amusement America, said the company plans to complete the transition from Wood Dale to Itasca between November and January.
Anelli said the new facility will allow the company to bring distribution and warehousing under one roof. The production of arcade games will continue in Wisconsin, he said.
“Itasca has been easy to work with,” Anelli said. “We’re looking forward to releasing some great new games next year.”
In March, Bandai Namco Holdings announced it was withdrawing from the North American amusement facility business. It will transfer ownership of 35 directly-owned stores and 760 revenue-sharing locations to three undisclosed companies. The decision was a result of numerous closures of arcades and recreation facilities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bandai Namco Amusement America was not affected by the decision because the company still plans to create and distribute arcade machines.