For over two decades, the Pellegrini brothers each pursued successful careers within different aspects of the coin-op industry. Frank Pellegrini occupied high-level executive positions with coin-op video game powerhouses such as Konami USA, Electronic Arts and Sega Enterprises. Meanwhile, his brother, Ed Pellegrini, was busy running Atlas Distributing, which for decades was the largest coin-op video game distributor in the U.S. The two brothers’ video game development company remained just a side business until 2001, when Team Play was born.
Team Play’s enormously popular Fun Stop Photos™ digital photo booths have seized the photo booth market by storm. And, Team Play’s new augmented reality, ticket redemption game dubbed Fishbowl Frenzy™ promises to be one of the best ever developed.
“I thought that my husband and brother-in-law had lost their minds when they decided to reinvent the photo booth,” said Pellegrini’s wife, litigation attorney Sheri Pellegrini. “There already were several digital photo booth manufacturers in the market, but Frank and Ed developed a state-of-the-art photo booth that is far superior to the competition. Fun Stop Photos generates better earnings, costs less to buy, costs less to run, is exceptionally reliable, and has been incredibly well received,” she said.
Frank Pellegrini added, ”Every year has been better than the year before. Now, we are selling the second generation of Fun Stop Photos as fast as we can build them.”
Team Play’s newest game, Fishbowl Frenzy™ is already considered to be one of the best redemption games ever created, even though the first Fishbowl Frenzy has not yet been shipped. Team Play has combined festive carnival fun with adorable 3D animation and 65 inches of high-definition transmissive LCD to create quick, addictive game play that is fun for everyone. “The distributors who have seen Fishbowl Frenzy are seriously excited about the game,” Pellegrini said. “We were trying to keep it under wraps until IAAPA in November, but the news is out. We already have pre‑sold a huge number of units – more than we ever could have imagined,” he said. “Fishbowl Frenzy starts shipping next week. It’s all good!”
What’s the best part of owning a successful coin-op company like Team Play? “Having your own company gives you the opportunity to help your family and friends.” Frank Pellegrini said. Not only does Pellegrini work with his brother, but Team Play also has hired Pellegrini's cousin, niece, and a slew of Pellegrini’s friends. “A couple of years ago, we brought in our lifelong friend, Ken Fedesna, as a part owner of Team Play. Ken had been an Executive VP at WMS Industries and Midway Games. When their division closed, Ken brought us some terrific software engineers who wanted to work in a smaller company,” Pellegrini said. “The high quality of our personnel clearly is reflected in the quality of our games,” he proudly added.
Pellegrini especially appreciates that his video game company offers a relaxed and friendly environment. “I usually wear jeans to work, and we laugh every single day,” Pellegrini said. “We play this ridiculous game where we hide a Marge Simpson doll in someone’s office and wait to see how long it will take for him to notice,” Pellegrini laughed. “It’s a lot of fun, and we have great camaraderie. Everyone here is a part of the family.”