Chuck E. Cheese wants to destroy 7 billion prize tickets amid bankruptcy


The mother or father enterprise of Chuck E. Cheese would like to destroy about 7 billion prize tickets that have piled up in its provide chain amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The corporation, CEC Amusement, asked a Texas individual bankruptcy court docket to approve settlements permitting a few of its vendors to shred the excess tickets at a cost of about $2.3 million, roughly $1 million much less than the price tag of circulating them.

The significant ticket stockpile could be traded in for about $9 million really worth of prize items — or $.0013 for each ticket — at Chuck E. Cheese arcades if they were being abandoned and finished up acquiring into the normal community, CEC mentioned in a Monday courtroom submitting.

The organization argued that destroying the paper tickets, which bear the Chuck E. Cheese trademark, is in its very best desire simply because “Prize Tickets are redeemable by visitors at substantially greater price than the cost of Prize Tickets.”

CEC explained its need for tickets — which players acquire from arcade games and exchange for prizes — diminished as COVID-19 tanked its revenue and compelled it to close arcades, though quite a few areas have considering that reopened.

The industry’s “rapid move towards contactless service” amid the pandemic also accelerated initiatives to section out the paper tickets, alongside with the “muncher” machines that count them, in favor of digital tickets, the firm said.

But CEC experienced positioned orders for tickets dependent on how a lot of it had required just before the virus strike, causing “enough tickets to fill around 65 40-foot cargo delivery containers” to build up in the supply chain, in accordance to the filing.

CEC Leisure filed for bankruptcy in June, expressing it planned to restructure its debt-heavy equilibrium sheet via talks with monetary stakeholders and landlords as it plotted a recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

The Texas-primarily based corporation has much more than 600 Chuck E. Cheese destinations and much more than 120 Peter Piper Pizza dining establishments, which includes franchises, throughout 47 states and 16 overseas nations around the world and territories.