Arcade stores in Japan are showing signs of decline since the outbreak of the disease in this country
Arcade (also known as electronic box machine) is one of the coin-operated gaming devices, often present in commercial centers, entertainment areas,…and this is also one of the methods. Entertainment is very popular among young people in Japan. The culture of going to arcade shops for entertainment in Japan is so famous that it is regularly featured in popular Anime series as a way of entertainment for young people.
However, in the latest announcement from GENDA GiGO Entertainment, GiGO store (formerly Sega) Akihabara Arcade #4 will officially close on September 25 in Japan, the reason given is due to legal reasons. contract with the rental facility will expire in the near future. The GiGO Akihabara Arcade #4 complex was opened in September 2010 and if it closes, the GiGO Akihabara Arcade will only have 3 facilities (previously 5).
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In recent years, arcade activities in Japan have tended to decrease sharply, when the situation of the Covid-19 epidemic exploded strongly. Since then, young people have gradually got into the habit of staying at home and experiencing more games on consoles, PCs or mobiles. Although the epidemic situation is somewhat relieved, its effects on arcades across the country.
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Even Sega had to close a Sega Ikebukuro GiGO complex in Tokyo in September 2021, when it has been operating for 28 years.
This can also be seen that the epidemic situation has made a significant impact on the Arcade industry in Japan. However, we must also mention another factor, including the tremendous development of the mobile game industry in this country, thereby causing young people’s preferences to gradually shift to attractive products. guide on mobile phone.