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Former President of Exidy Pete Kauffman Passed Away July 3, 2015

 
Former President of Exidy Pete Kauffman Passed Away July 3, 2015
Former President of Exidy Pete Kauffman Passed Away July 3, 2015
Harold Ray (Pete) Kauffman, founder of video game manufacturing company Exidy, Inc. in 1973, passed away on Friday, July 3.

Exidy produced quite a number of games throughout the 70s and 80s, the most notable (and controversial) of which was Death Race, but also included Crossbow and Vic Tolomei's Top Secret.

He also tried to get a toehold in the then-infantile home video industry with his Exidy Sorcerer home computer system, but that failed like so many other pre-Nintendo platforms.

The company declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1985 and were gone completely from coin-op within a few years. However, Kauffman later allowed Exidy games to be distributed for non-commercial use by MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator), the software website/company.

News of Kauffman's passing was confirmed by his daughter, Amber Ramies, and initially came from Ken Love, one of the developers of the upcoming Exidy Arcade Anthology. Love was working closely with Kauffman on the iOS/Android project.

He is survived by four children, eight grandchildren and his wife Ginny.

All of us here at Highway Games extend their condolences and prayers to the Kauffman family, and express gratitude for the contributions of Pete Kauffman to the gaming industry.
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