Stern Electronics, Inc.
OverviewStern Electronics was formed in 1977 when Sam Stern purchased a pinball and arcade game company called Chicago Coin.
Stern entered the video arcade game business in 1980 with the release of Astro Invader, which they licensed from Leijac (Konami). Berzerk, their second release and first original, became a major success. Stern produced few original arcade games, but licensed several games from foreign companies such as Konami (Scramble, Super Cobra and Pooyan) and Valadon Automation (Bagman and Super Bagman), which they manufactured and distributed in the United States.
Stern was hit hard by the great video game crash of 1983-84, and in 1985 they left the arcade game business and sold their pinball division to Data East.
In 1996, Data East sold their pinball division to Sega. In 1999, Sega decided to exit the pinball industry as well and sold their pinball division to Gary Stern, son of Sam Stern. Gary Stern reestablished Stern as a pinball company, and since that time, the company has been the sole remaining manufacturer of pinball machines in the world.
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