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NINTENDO RIVAL CHARGES: EUROPEAN ANTITRUST VIOLATIONS

 NINTENDO RIVAL CHARGES: EUROPEAN ANTITRUST VIOLATIONS
 MIAMI, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Nintendo Limited of Japan, already


plagued by five antitrust suits and an FTC prosecution in the United States, has been charged by a small rival with abusive conduct in violation of French and European Common Market competition law. Active Enterprises, a Miami-based company which has introduced "Action 52", a 52-in-1 multiple game cartridge for play on the Nintendo Entertainment System, has recently filed complaints with the French Competition Commission in Paris and the Competition Directorate of the European Communities in Brussels. It is alleged that Nintendo and Nintendo's distributor, Bandai, have illegally used threats and pressures to prevent the advertising or marketing of Nintendo compatible games on European television or in European stores, and has thus kept exports from the U.S. out of Europe.
 A spokesman for Active Enterprises claims that they can provide original video games for less than one-tenth as much as Nintendo charges, due to their development of electronic technology which allows them to put 52 games on one cartridge. The company states that the Action 52 cartridge is usable on Nintendo consoles having a security lock-out system without copying any aspects of the lock-out system's hardware or software.
 The Action 52 cartridge was advertised on French commercial television channel M6 in November 1991, and elicited many purchases, but was pulled of the air after one showing due to threats made to SETV, the television distributor for the new product. Active Enterprises lodged both its formal complaints in December 1991. Officials of the European Community and French Competition Commission will be conducting investigations to determine whether sanctions against Nintendo are justified and whether Active Enterprises is entitled to protective relief. In the E.C., findings of abuse of a dominant position have resulted in fines exceeding $30 million.
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 /CONTACT: Vince Perri of Active Enterprises, 305-559-0711/ CO: Active Enterprises, Ltd.; Nintendo Limited of Japan ST: Florida IN: CPR LEI SU:


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