Silk Hat Arcade in Japan to Officially Close its Doors Next Year

December 6, 2020 5:53 PM EST

Silk Hat Ikebukuro printed the devastating information on Twitter. The well-known arcade will probably be sorely ignored by means of many.

Silk Hat Ikebukuro, the well-known Eastern arcade that has been an integral a part of the buying groceries district’s panorama, will probably be formally and completely final its doorways on January eleventh, 2021 in line with a standing replace made on their legit Twitter account. The standing, posted beneath, states:

“Thanks at all times in your patronage. We sincerely make an apology, however Silk Hat Ikebukuro will probably be completely final on January 11. All of the group of workers wish to specific out heartfelt appreciation to all of our shoppers who’ve lovingly supported us for see you later.”


— シルクハット池袋 (@SILKHAT_ike) December 1, 2020

Silk Hat Ikebukuro is a large-scale Eastern arcade with a lineup of joystick-and-button video video games, crane video games/UFO catchers, interactive card video games, tune/rhythm video games, and decal image cubicles. Sadly the reputedly evergreen Eastern arcade trade (a minimum of in comparison to the United States marketplace) has been struggling even ahead of coronavirus hit, as the upward thrust of PC and on-line gaming has eroded the marketplace target audience for years. However the pandemic appears to be the overall tipping level for lots of of them.

Silk Hat isn’t the one main arcade that met the similar destiny. On August thirtieth Sega in the past closed down its iconic arcade in Akihabara, the well-known “electronics and otaku mecca” of Tokyo.

Up to now they introduced that it might shift a vital a part of its arcades recreation building group of workers to consoles. Famitsu then reached out to the corporate in regards to the information of Sega Crew promoting 85.1% stocks of Sega Leisure to Genda. The stocks switch, taking place on December thirtieth, 2020, implies that maximum of over 200 Amusement facilities and Sport Facilities owned by means of Sega in Japan will now be owned by means of Genda. Possibly many retail outlets will probably be closed because the sale used to be determined on because of the disaster many retail outlets are dealing with with stated pandemic.

For extra of an in-depth glance into the bits and bobs of the arcade industry and why Sega made this resolution and its penalties, take a look at this detailed breakdown from our Senior Information Editor Iyane Agossah.

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