Tekken 6 – Artificial Shortage by Namco?
Here’s another feature article from our friends at The Stinger Report. Enjoy!
Tekken 6 – Artificial Shortage?
Players in the US and UK accuse Namco of creating an artificial shortage of Tekken 6 machines.
After visiting the only cabinets in the UK (the same one from ATEI) on a Thursday at 9pm, over 15 players were counted patently waiting to play (click on the thumbnail). The machine has been swamped from afternoon till evening, stated one of those waiting players.
However this near Space Invaders success has not been matched by available machines. Now fully launched in all Asian territories, enquires from all independent amusement operators internationally have not been satisfactorily answered.
Off the record one bowling site buyer said — “…I was told there was no interest to import the machine as no one wanted to buy it or the cards!” The source also revealed that representatives for Namco were claiming that the hoards of player interest at ATEI was just ‘hardcore players’, and had not been reflected on test!
No word if only Namco sites in America and the UK will have T6 machines — or if the lack of interest is a demand by Namco executives to avoid costly export, or from Sony regarding PS3 boards, or a request from Namco consumer to focus interest only on the PS3 launch later in the year. Conspiracy theories abound towards explaining what is causing this crazy situation.
Whatever the reason it seems amazing that the popularity of this game is not matched by manufacturer availability — a quick calculation of players paying £1 per gaming and £5 per IC card and the system will pay itself back with these crowds witnessed very quickly and make a BIG profit for those luck enough to get their hands on a machine!