Quoted from HighProtein:
I've only been asked once in 5+ years if any of my pinball machines pay out,
but yeah, why not make a payout pinball if that is what the market demands.
Gambling and gambling machines are 100% illegal and banned in China.
The pinball machines you see on Alibaba (and the 40 thieves) are not pinball machines as we know them. They are not even really bingo machines as we know them. They are pretty shitty random ball shooting machines with no theme, plan, objective or any clue as to what a pinball machine or even a bingo should do.
The Chinese have zero understanding of what a pinball machine is - none at all. I include amusement machine manufacturers in there as well, they have no idea.
Also, the Chinese will NEVER pay the ridiculous prices being asked currently for pinball machines.
Stern had a few new releases on display at the last Guangzhou amusement show (GB, AS and some others - I have the brochure here somewhere). They were observed curiously by some but when told of the price they actually laughed out loud.
It is a pointless exercise trying to sell western themes to the Chinese. They have never heard of Aerosmith, Metalica, AC/DC etc etc etc so they certainly will not pay $10K for one (that was the asking price at the show).
Homepin has a plan for pinball machines into China but it isn't a traditional pinball machine as we would think. We are working closely with a couple of firms here to produce a machine that Chinese will understand and actually pay money to play.
Breaking into the Chinese market for any company is not easy - to attempt to force product down their throats (by selling current western themed machines to them) will never, ever work. It is also pretty much a requirement to be on the ground here. To crack this market from the outside - well, good luck is all I can add to that thought.