If you are looking to open up an entertainment business, whether it is an arcade or something similar, one modern twist on the coin-op arcade center model is to open a place where people can come and play console games, without the need of coin-operated mechanisms to control the way a game is played. These seem to be gaining some popularity as we have reported on such places in the past although one thing I have wanted to find out is how well such places do after the grand opening, which is not something we see reported frequently.
Either way, a new gaming center following this model has recently opened in Tuscon Arizona called Arcade-in-a-box Tournament Center where they let people play from a variety of games on all of the consoles that are available on the market at this time. They charge an hourly rate which is tracked by a customer card system and for fighting fans they also provide custom arcade-style sticks on which to play. Then even have two arcade cabinets which run emulators for access to many classic arcade titles and to top it all off they hold weekly tournaments (with prizes to win of course). More info can be found on their website and in the press release you’ll find after the break.
AIAB Tournament Edition Gaming Center Opens in Tucson Arcade-in-a-Box, the manufacturer of custom arcade control panels favored by tournament players worldwide has opened a gaming center in Tucson, Arizona Tucson, AZ – September 15, 2009: Arcade-In-A-Box (www.arcadeinabox.com), is proud to announce that it has opened the Arcade-in-a-Box Tournament Edition Gaming Center. This 1,300 square foot facility features 14 Xbox 360 stations with 24” HD monitors, 2 PlayStation 3 with 42” Plasma HD monitors. While the Tournament Edition Gaming Center is designed to bring Fighter and Shooter fans together to compete in person, it is also connected to the internet via a dedicated T1 for super fast Xbox Live competitions. Scheduled prize tournaments are organized on a weekly basis. Please visit http://www.arcadeinabox.com/tedition for information and schedules. "For the past few years we have been delivering the best hardware to play modern arcade games in the home … but something was missing, " Says Ed Farias, Owner of Arcade-In-A-Box. "These modern games demand a sense of community that is best delivered when you can compete, yell, shout, and congratulate your competitors in person. That’s what our new gaming center is designed to bring about – a next level in bringing the gaming community together." In addition to the ultimate in modern gaming, the Arcade-in-a-Box Tournament Edition Gaming Center also features a 32” standard definition station for Retro Gaming on, 2 Full-Sized Arcade Cabinets running 2D Fighters and other Retro-Arcade Games Pricing starts at $4 for 1 hour, Day Passes are $15 Tuesday-Thursday and $20 Friday-Sunday. Fighter fans are also invited to participate in Friday Night Fights!, which includes a $10 Day Pass for fighting games only. All fighting game stations feature custom Arcade-in-a-Box sticks for the ultimate arcadefighting game experience. Images of the Arcade-in-a-Box Tournament Edition Gaming Center are available onthe web site: http://www.arcadeinabox.com/tedition . Print quality images are available upon request. Arcade-in-a-Box Tournament Edition is located at: 1664 S. Research Loop #226, Tucson, AZ,85710. Free Day Passes are available for media and as promotional prizes. Ed Farias is available immediately for interviews. For further mediainformation, please contact: James Hills, firstname.lastname@example.org or call:630-233-8336. ### James Hills President and Chief Marketing Officer mhn PR & Internet Marketing mhn Website: http://www.mhnpr.com Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jameshills2 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503132950 AIM: JamesHills2 Yahoo: JamesHills2 Live: email@example.com Phone: 630-233-8336 Fax: 630-233-8286