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Raw Thrills Inc.

Midwest

raw thrills takes into
consideration both the
players and the venues
when it is creating a game.

	 Raw	 Thrills	 also	 is	 exploring	 virtual	
reality	 attractions.	 "We're	 working	 to	
perfect	 that	 technology,"	 Jarvis	 says,	
noting	that	it	has	applications	both	in	
and	out	of	homes.	"That's	going	to	be	a	
big	driver	in	the	industry."

es,	 a	 Carlstadt,	 N.J.-based	 distributor.	
"They're	the	key	to	our	sales	success,"	
Jarvis	 says.	 "Betson	 handles	 distribution,	sales	and	service	for	us,	so	we	can	
concentrate	on	making	great	games."

Big Opportunities
Making Great Games
Raw	 Thrills	 maintains	 quality	 in	 its	
products	 through	 constant	 vigilance,	
Jarvis	says.	In	addition	to	achieving	industry	 certifications,	 "You	 really	 have	
to	 look	 at	 everything	 you're	 building	
and	constantly	have	inspectors	on	the	
lines,	 making	 sure	 everything	 is	 perfect,"	he	says.
	 "It's	 almost	 like	 running	 a	 restaurant,"	he	says,	noting	that	the	company	also	exhaustively	tests	every	game.	
"You	 never	 assume	 something	 works	
until	you	verify	it."
	 It's	 also	 essential	 for	 Raw	 Thrills	 to	
have	the	best	partners,	such	as	Partec	
Inc.,	 its	 contract	 manufacturer	 based	
in	Franklin	Park,	Ill.	"We	love	working	
with	 them,"	 he	 says.	 "They're	 a	 huge	
part	of	our	team."
	 He	 also	 praises	 Betson	 Enterpris-

After	 15	 years,	 Jarvis	 is	 proud	 of	 what	
Raw	 Thrills	 has	 accomplished.	 "It's	
so	much	fun	to	go	out	to	an	entertainment	venue	and	see	people	having	fun	
with	our	games,"	he	says.	"The	second	
thing	[that	makes	me	proud]	is	having	
a	 great	 bunch	 of	 employees	 who	 love	
their	job,	and	are	excited	to	bust	their	
ass	to	try	and	make	some	great	games."
	 Raw	 Thrills	 is	 prepared	 for	 more	
changes	 in	 its	 future,	 Jarvis	 says.	
"We're	 in	 the	 entertainment	 industry,	 so	 there's	 [going	 to	 be]	 dramatic	
shifts,"	he	says,	noting	that	these	represent	opportunities	for	the	company.
	 "We	 always	 have	 to	 have	 our	 ear	
to	 the	 ground	 for	 what's	 hot,	 what's	
happening	 now,"	 he	 adds.	 "We're	
keeping	 our	 eyes	 out	 for	 great	 game	
ideas	and	new	technologies,	like	our	
giant	LED	display."	mt
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