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04-11-2018, 14:52   #1
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Irish arcade club?

After those raid cabs went over to arcade club in England, it got me thinking. Not thrilled that a bunch of Irish stuff is no longer here (nothing bad to say about Andy, cabinets were saved from destruction).

But how feasible would an Irish version of arcade club be?

I'm pretty sure I can get a lot of machines here. If that was complemented with a nice selection of japanese candy cabinets, it could be very cool.

Have a place in mind premises wise (which I'll keep to myself for now). I think the difference between the likes of token and arcade club is scale, and token is kinda just that, a "token" idea of an arcade that's really more a restaurant.

Following similar business idea of arcade club, ie pay to get in then everythings free (or close)

Just vague idea for now but I'll investigate further. So what do ye think? Any business is risky, but is this out there altogether?

I don't need to ask if people would like it here
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Just in case anyone's wondering, here is the arcade club I'm talking about https://www.arcadeclub.co.uk/

They seem to have diversified quite a lot, including VR and gaming consoles.
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It would be great. I heard token is expanding and it's pretty good in there with a nice selection of machines. Completed time crisis 2 for the first time in probably 15 years the other day. Arcade Club is off the scale though. Is it the world's largest at this stage? Check out the John's Arcade tour https://youtu.be/7mSU0sMdr4o 14.15 is my favourite spot

Heard an interview with Andy where he said he already had many many cabs before starting out so the setup costs were low. It would be tough to do that now.

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I think you will need a large premises but also have to be quite central.
Arcade Club just announced an additional premises in Leeds.
I think it's a good idea but it would be all about location for me.
Plus you will need a lot of diversity in games consoles arcades etc for multiple ages.
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I think you would need a lot of money behind you to do it.
Also - would you have a bar there ? If so you'd have to buy a licence etc...
I'd love it for sure, but would it make enough to support itself ?
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Best thing to do would be to start small by renting a space somewhere and filling it with cabs, make it a members invite only club so you don't have to worry about alcohol licenses etc.

But yeah, location is everything. Unfortunately with the mad rental prices in Ireland at the moment it wouldn't be cheap.
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When I first saw arcade club I thought it was sunk from the price, at 15 a head it sounds low. But it's obviously able to work, especially if another location is opening up.

The other thing was the location, it was kinda in the middle of nowhere (I think)

I wonder is it just a case of numbers (density of people) that might sink it here?

Was talking with a few people today and in theory, machines and premises mightnt be a problem. So, again in theory, with those 2 major factors out of the way, is it sustainable based on revenue?

Maybe to clarify, start from the other end. You have location and machines all set, just have to open the doors. Is it sustainable with repairs/overheads/operating costs in Dublin?
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Best thing to do would be to start small by renting a space somewhere and filling it with cabs, make it a members invite only club so you don't have to worry about alcohol licenses etc.

But yeah, location is everything. Unfortunately with the mad rental prices in Ireland at the moment it wouldn't be cheap.
That's definitely another angle with the members club to workaround licensing etc, hmm!
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I think the biggest obstacle is the rent costs in Ireland, I think an arcade club would work very well in the bigger cities like Dublin, maybe Cork(within 30mins of same), getting cabs certainly isn't an issue, high rent costs is though.
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I think you would need a lot of money behind you to do it.
This!

I think Andy said in the a BBC documentary that featured Arcade Club is that he wasn't doing it for profit, he just wanted to give people the Arcade experience.
I would imagine he isn't making any profit either due to having all the machines on freeplay for a low fee which included refreshments.

Especially when you consider maintenance costs, electricity costs and rent also.

I would imagine Andy has quite a bit of capital behind him to make it all possible, I could be wrong on that though.

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I would imagine Andy has quite a bit of capital behind him to make it all possible, I could be wrong on that though.
You're not wrong.
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Location I'd everything. To get numbers you'd have to be near Dublin....crazy rent

To have ok rent you have to be somewhere else, and Irish people do not like to travel, we are a seriously last bunch.

A huge industrial unit down in Waterford is something like €1400 a month I think + bills.

In terms of profits I'd say youd have to prop it up for the first while. It might sound simple but selling drinks, food (just cans of coke and sweets etc.) And some merch makes a tidy profit on a busy day anywhere.

Plus there's the whole private parties booking thing, offices etc. Have a BYOB night etc.

It could definitely be done but you'd have to have a good selection of cabs off the bat
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Location I'd everything. To get numbers you'd have to be near Dublin....crazy rent

To have ok rent you have to be somewhere else, and Irish people do not like to travel, we are a seriously last bunch.

A huge industrial unit down in Waterford is something like €1400 a month I think + bills.

In terms of profits I'd say youd have to prop it up for the first while. It might sound simple but selling drinks, food (just cans of coke and sweets etc.) And some merch makes a tidy profit on a busy day anywhere.

Plus there's the whole private parties booking thing, offices etc. Have a BYOB night etc.

It could definitely be done but you'd have to have a good selection of cabs off the bat
Location is key, and tied to that is rent. I'm looking at a place with 3 floors, pretty big, good rent, very good location. A fluke in other words.

Was talking to someone else and they reckon arcadeclub has about 40k worth on floor 1, 60k on floor 2. If I could get a bunch of stuff off the bat at a knockdown price, that would obviously make a huge difference. Again, I may be able to fluke that.

Was talking to someone else about candy cabinets form japan, they say 40 per container, and I reckon that would be good enough on that end, number wise.

I might get in contact with andy from arcade club and ask him a few things. I don't mind the idea that it wouldn't make a fortune, but if it was just breaking even...that's a lot of work for a hobby!

Another idea was to join up with arcade club itself, quite literally the irish version.

This is one of those crazy ideas, that owing to weird circumstances, has a small chance of being feasible


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Needs a floor of pinballs
Count me in as a full time employee
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Needs a floor of pinballs
Count me in as a full time employee
I can honestly say I know nowt about pinballs! But you can't have an arcade without em

Will continue enquiries, off the top of my head I'd imagine it wouldn't open till February/March, to catch the better weather and also shipping stuff back and forth in preparation.

There's one particular point it all hinges upon, so slim-but-not-impossible odds.

Also, full time employee doesn't mean playing games all day (only half the day)
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