An arcade symbolizes fun and affordable carefree times for all visitors. If you thrive on gaming, then starting an arcade business may be right up your alley.
An arcade symbolizes fun and affordable carefree times for all visitors where young and young-minded alike can enjoy a test of skill against a machine. If you thrive on gaming and providing a form of ageless entertainment, then starting an arcade business may be right up your alley. Although the cost for an afternoon or evening of fun is among the least costly forms of entertainment, start up costs for this type of business typically run high. Here are several things to consider when you are considering opening an arcade business.
If you are starting an arcade business, you should be a person who loves arcade games. Not just playing them but all aspects of them, as the job includes maintenance, ordering and advertising of arcade games. In fact, your daily routine will probably include repairing out-of-order machines, cleaning machines when people spill stuff on them, acquiring new machines and developing new advertising strategies to help your business stand out from the competition.
The niche you target will depend on the type of arcade you run. In general, you can break it down into the following groups:
Your most important decision is to decide what types of games you will have. While this depends somewhat on the particular niche you are targeting—parents don’t want their young kids playing violent games, for example—there is a general rule to follow. Mixing a variety of games has proven to attract the largest number of customers. The types of arcade games include:
Both location and floor plan are important for your business. Choose a location that is highly visible with a lot of foot traffic such as on a boardwalk or in a mall. Basic guidelines to follow when planning your arcade space include:
In most states, you are required to obtain a license specifically for running arcade games. For example, in New York, you are required to get an Amusement Arcade License if you will be running 10 or more arcade machines. If you will be selling food, you need to be licensed by your local health department. If you plan to play music in your arcade, look into getting a blanket music license that allows you to play music from a large catalog of artists.