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Looking for Pinball "Barcade" owners for advice


By lord_norm

1 year ago



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    #12 1 year ago

    Yeah, doing the whole "I'm gonna do a barcade" thing is not a great idea. Even our really initially successful barcade ended up back as a straight bar. In our case the bar owner didn't help, but it's really difficult to keep it sustained. To keep folks coming in, you need to switch up machines routinely. You've got to keep them in A1 shape, even if parts are hard to find and idiots break them repeatedly. You've got to have someone to fix them seven days a week. This is expensive. There's a reason Dave and Buster's call their game area the million dollar midway. If you want to open a bar, that's fine, but open a bar and have a few games. Don't open a barcade.

    I agree local microbreweries are great pin locations. Just make sure they don't brew in the same room as the pins are in.

    #13 1 year ago

    Oh, and don't forget you can't have a modern jukebox. Touchtunes sells to operators with 50 or more locations only.

    #21 1 year ago

    Spills beer on a game? Ha. That cleanup's just sticky. Try throws up on a game, and doesn't tell anyone. Then it's gross and encrusted.

    #28 1 year ago

    Eh, maybe it's just us, but it'd be unlikely for us to do something like that if we didn't own the pins. We occasionally split locations with other operators, but if we're putting out pins at all, it's a conflict of interest. We want the money going into our machines, not someone else's.

    #30 1 year ago

    What are fees for NGX? I know TT is $75/week.

    #43 1 year ago

    It's all based on the location. If you have a higher end location, you can set it for a dollar a play and it'll earn. But again, that's true of anything in the right location.

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