QubicaAMF Acquires CDE Software

by Bob Johnson 0

QubicaAMF Worldwide has announced that the company has finalized a transaction to acquire full ownership of CDE Software.

CDE was founded by the late Patrick Lajko, and is known worldwide for BLS (Bowling League Secretary), the industry standard in league software. Over the last four decades CDE, developing and marketing applications such as BLS, BTM and T-Brac, has become the industry leader in competitive bowling software.

QubicaAMF and CDE strongly believe in the future of competitive bowling and are poised to work together for proprietors and the millions of league and tournament bowlers around the world by focusing on product innovation to protect and grow the sport.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Lance Rasmussen, Vice President of Operations for CDE, to the QubicaAMF family,” said Emanuele Govoni, CEO of QubicaAMF. “We have a long-running relationship with CDE, going back more than two decades since we first integrated our scoring system with BLS in the mid 1990s. Over the last year we have been working closely with Lance to finalize the transaction with Patrick Lajko’s family and acquire CDE from their family trust. We are extremely excited about the opportunity this presents to competitive bowling and the industry as a whole.

“There are over 700 centers and 12,000 lanes worldwide running on BES X, and we are averaging bringing a new BES X center online every 46 hours,” added Govoni. “BES X has redefined the customer experience in so many ways. With over 120 million games bowled on BES X all over the world, the opportunity to reach and expand the competitive and league bowling segments is sizable, which is really exciting to see.”

CDE will continue to operate out of its Seattle facility with its current employees. Rasmussen has been promoted to President of CDE and is an equity partner with QubicaAMF as a co-owner of CDE. Rasmussen will continue to lead CDE going forward, as he does today. Customers can expect business as usual in terms of support and continuity of service. CDE Software will continue to support all scoring manufacturers, bowling centers and consumers, as it does today.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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