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Alliance Entertainment’s COKeM Gaming Division Exceeds Sales Forecast for Arcade1UP Products in 2023 Calendar Fourth Quarter

PLANTATION, Fla., Jan. 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alliance Entertainment Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: AENT) (“Alliance Entertainment”, “Company”), a distributor and wholesaler of the world’s largest in stock selection of music, movies, video games, electronics, arcades, toys and collectibles, today announced its COKeM gaming division reported sales of the popular Arcade1Up home arcade machines that exceeded initial forecasts in the calendar fourth quarter of 2023.

“Sales of Arcade1Up products performed well and exceeded expectations during the 2023 holiday season,” said Ken Glaser, Alliance Entertainment SVP of Sales. “Throughout 2023, the team worked hard to right-size our arcade inventory levels which began 2023 at $54.3 million. 2023 year ending arcade inventory stood at $17.4 million. There was also more than $20 million in new arcade inventory purchased in 2023 to support the holiday sales, and our strategy and focus this year is on profitable sales growth with our growing arcade customer base. Success during the holiday season can be attributed to aggressive sales and advertising campaigns, working hand-in-hand with Arcade1up to drive consumers to our retail partners and our alignment with key e-commerce retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Target, Walmart, Wayfair, QVC/HSN, Dell and more.

“This year’s hot holiday items in the arcade category included the Infinity Game Table (, the award-winning digital tabletop gaming experience by Arcade1Up. Infinity Game Table and its recently released companion ‘Infinity Game Board’ brings digital versions of iconic classics, new favorites, and an ever-growing library of games. Also, the introduction of the riserless “Deluxe” Arcade Cabinets, which include best sellers Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga Class of 81, Mortal Kombat and more were launched mid-year 2023. These core titles are expected to show sales growth of more than 60% in 2024. With a more focused approach and consistent market pricing on ‘core’ arcade SKU’s, we expect there to be a renewed interest and excitement around the assortment in the coming year,” concluded Glaser.

Jeff Walker, CEO & CFO of Alliance Entertainment, added, “We are encouraged by the higher-than-expected arcade sales results our COKeM gaming division this holiday season. Our compelling gaming product offerings were supported by high impact advertising campaigns and key retail partnerships. We expect this trend to continue as we solidify Alliance Entertainment’s position as the premiere distributer of Arcade1Up products to retailers across the United States. These trends, along with an improvement to working capital, higher inventory turns, and reduced fixed and variable cost position us well for calendar year 2024.”

About Tastemakers LLC | Arcade1Up

It’s time to play again! Home entertainment titan Tastemakers presents Arcade1Up, a line of award-winning, innovative ¾ scale home arcade and pinball machines featuring licensed retro games from the golden age of arcades. Arcade1Up’s classic titles include NFL Blitz Legends, NBA JAM™: SHAQ EDITION, Golden Tee 3D, Terminator 2, Tron™, Street Fighter™, X-Men, Mortal Kombat®, Atari, Pong®, PAC-MAN™, Star Wars™, Marvel Super Heroes™, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™, and more. Arcade1Up allows people to play in the comfort of their homes, with an authentic retro arcade experience at an accessible price. Check out, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube and the Arcade1Up Companion App available in the App Store and Google Play.

About COKeM International

COKeM is a cutting-edge distribution company serving the video games and accessories industry. COKeM’s world-class 220,000 square-foot warehouse is located in Shakopee, Minnesota. COKeM is always leveling up, providing expanded services including full-service distribution, design & merchandising, sales support, e-commerce and publishing across gaming. Whether you would like to take advantage of our in-house e-commerce and publishing across gaming. marketing team, unique partner relationships or product end-of life management services, COKeM’s ready to deliver customized and light-speed business solutions for winners. For more information visit

About Alliance Entertainment

Alliance Entertainment (NASDAQ: AENT) is a premier distributor of music, movies, toys, collectibles, and consumer electronics. We offer over 375,000 unique in stock SKU’s, including over 57,300 exclusive compact discs, vinyl LP records, DVDs, Blu-rays, and video games. Complementing our vast media catalog, we also stock a full array of related accessories, toys and collectibles. With more than thirty-five years of distribution experience, Alliance Entertainment serves customers of every size, providing a robust suite of services to resellers and retailers worldwide. Our efficient processing and essential seller tools noticeably reduce the costs associated with administrating multiple vendor relationships, while helping omni-channel retailers expand their product selection and fulfillment goals. For more information, visit

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