H2Overdrive headed to SpikeTV's Video Game Awards; Specular website update + more

Raw Thrills’/Specular Interactive’s H2Overdrive is making headlines again, first with news that Universal Space (UNIS) will be exclusively carrying the game in China. I know that the game has been seen in Japan already but I do not know how it has been received over there but either way the Chinese market is a big one so that is good news for the game. UNIS was showing off the motion version of H2Overdrive at their IAAPA booth but now we have an ‘official’ announcement about UNIS carrying the game (motion and non-motion versions) in China.

Even bigger news however is H2Overdrive will making a red carpet appearance at Spike TV’s upcoming Video Game Awards. I can’t recall a time where any arcade title has been given this honor that generally focuses on non-coin-op aspects of gaming, so this is a really good sign for arcade gaming overall. According to the press release: “H2Overdrive will be prominently displayed on the red carpet for the entertainment of celebrities and video game fans attending this event.” The event takes place at the Nokia Center in LA on December 12th and hopefully SpikeTV will give the game some generous coverage on the air.

On last thing that was tucked into the SpikeTV press release is a game locator for H2Overdrive on www.h2overdrive.com. As the press release states: “Operators, players and locations are encouraged to post the location(s) where an H2Overdrive can be easily found for players’ enjoyment.” I checked the link and lo and behold, they have completely overhauled their website with a new design and much more information on their company then they had there previously. They also have begun to hint at their next game, although like last time there is very little information about what it will be. According to the site: ” We can’t really say much at the moment but we have signed a contract to do another arcade game for Eugene and Raw Thrills. Rest assured it will be just as kick-ass as H2Overdrive…even more so since this time around we’ll get to do some of the crazy things we didn’t have time for last time.”

Hit the link below to check out the press releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

H2Overdrive on the Red Carpet at the Video Game Awards

Carlstadt, NJ – December 10, 2009 – Raw Thrills and development house Specular Interactive received a special invitation to display their latest arcade watercraft racer at the upcoming Spike TV Video Game Awards event to be held at the Nokia Center in Los Angeles on December 12th. H2Overdrive will be prominently displayed on the red carpet for the entertainment of celebrities and video game fans attending this event. Steve Ranck, President of Specular Interactive, was blown away by the invite. “This type of recognition, from a Multi-Billion dollar industry, just confirms that arcade development is still an important facet of the video game industry, stated Ranck. “It is truly a great honor!”

In an effort to help gamers find out where they can play H2Overdrive, Specular will be hosting an H2Overdrive game locator on their websites www.h2overdrive.com & www.specular.com. Operators, players and locations are encouraged to post the location(s) where an H2Overdrive can be easily found for players’ enjoyment. “H2Overdrive is an arcade exclusive! This game locator will be a great way to drive player traffic to these locations,” added Ranck.

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About Betson Enterprises

Headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey, Betson Enterprises with 11 distribution offices nationwide is the leading coin operated distributor of amusement and vending equipment, coin operated parts, and service in the United States. With over 75 years of experience and leadership in the coin-operated industry, we will help you make informed decisions that are best for your business.

Betson offers entertainment and vending solutions for your business through our relationships with the operator community. For locations looking for a simple and profitable solution or vendors looking for equipment that fits any situation, Betson Enterprises can help you. Betson Enterprises has an industry proven reputation for quality and customer focus. For more information on Betson Enterprises, visit www.betson.com, email us at info@betson.com or just call 1-800-524-2343. Download our current Betson product catalog at http://flipflashpages.uniflip.com/1/24957/44024/pub/index.html

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Universal Space to Offer

H2Overdrive in Asia

Carlstadt, NJ – December 9, 2009Betson Enterprises, a leading coin operated distributor of amusement and vending equipment, coin operated parts and service is pleased to announce that an exclusive distribution agreement has been reached with Universal Space (UNIS). This agreement will allow UNIS to market and sell the highly successful Raw Thrills arcade watercraft racer H2Overdrive exclusively in China.

“UNIS brings to the table a successful past selling record and we are honored to work with them on distribution of the H2Overdrive product”, stated Bob Boals, Executive VP of Betson Enterprises. Past accomplishments include the successful exclusive distribution of The Fast and the Furious Drift and The Fast and Furious Super Bikes.

While the main focus will be sales and marketing into the Chinese market, Universal Space will also offer H2Overdrive on a non-exclusive basis throughout other parts of Asia and other approved territories by Betson.

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For more information on H2Overdrive or any of the other products that UNIS offers please feel free to visit their website at www.universal-space.com, email them at sales@universal-space.com or just call 905-477-2823.

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About Universal Space Video Game

UNIS is a leading manufacturer of amusement machines. Started in 1993 with many years of hard work, innovation, technology and excellence has allowed our company to evolve from a small-scale factory to a corporate organization, branching out into four distinct departments comprising of Manufacturing, Design, Sales, and Operation. We are now the largest amusement machine manufacturer and operator in China, with close to 1000 employees. We specialize in manufacturing quality redemption games, kiddy rides, prize machines, indoor/outdoor rides, and selective arcade games.

About Betson Enterprises

Headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey, Betson Enterprises with 11 distribution offices nationwide is the leading coin operated distributor of amusement and vending equipment, coin operated parts, and service in the United States. With over 75 years of experience and leadership in the coin-operated industry, we will help you make informed decisions that are best for your business.

Betson offers entertainment and vending solutions for your business through our relationships with the operator community. For locations looking for a simple and profitable solution or vendors looking for equipment that fits any situation, Betson Enterprises can help you. Betson Enterprises has an industry proven reputation for quality and customer focus. For more information on Betson Enterprises, visit www.betson.com, email us at mailto:info@betson.com or just call 1-800-524-2343. Download our current Betson product catalog at http://flipflashpages.uniflip.com/1/24957/44024/pub/index.html

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