By GunslingerX1983 16 Comments
Myself and a friend of mine have had this idea in our heads for quite a while and never really known how to go about it. Lets put aside just for the moment that we have no knowledge of business whatsoever and focus on the idea. I know these things have been done before mainly cyber cafes etc but i was thinking more along the lines of the following.
wall mouted tv's with 360's and ps3's hooked up with large sofas around for group gaming sessions. Imagine a large open room with about 20 machines running. Not sure whether it would be feasible to get it all hooked up to live to actually have online or who you would go about networking them together form the group play as i have only ever either gone online myself. Live has roaming profiles now doesn't it?
Maybe better to have a private network though i guess for more of a community feel. Can arrange leaderboards and tourneys etc and ideally would have a lounge area and possbly a cafe type area involved as well to be more social.
Basically a kind of friendly place that kids and young adults (or older) can come and play games and be social at the same time and even their parents can come chat or drop them in while they shop etc. I was thinking about setting this up or more accurately thinking about thinking about setting up something along these lines as a business and wondered what peoples thoughts on the idea are.
As i said no business knowledge so not really thinking about that side of it right now. I mean the most i have thought about that is comparing it to a local snooker club which basically charges me about £7 for 2 hrs so would consider similar rates and taken into account various leases and licences and bills etc. I have only run the most basic on numbers for estimated potential income and expenses.
Consider this the beginnings of market research. If such a thing was open in the centre of your town or city would you go? What would you want to see there or more appropriately what would attract you to a place like this to play your games socially?
Obviously i am in the UK but would certainly be keen to hear the views or experiences of similar things in the US too.
All thoughts and opinions appreciated.