Metro Vancouver arcade maintains retro video games
From centipedes to Galaga. 🕹️👾
Kyle Seller knows games – arcade games, to be exact. He even learned to fix them when he was 16.
Fast forward decades, and you’ll find it at Industry Arcade in New Westminster.
Inside, there are nearly 50 classic and modern arcade games, including 24 pinball machines, bubble hockey, Skee-Ball, and four-player Pac-Man Battle Royale.
No need to collect change, it’s free to play for the duration.
The story of Industry Arcade began in 2013, when Seller started Est Van Amusements. He had been a game designer at EA Sports for 10 years previously.
The company offers pop-up arcade rentals for bars and restaurants, corporate events, and various parties.
Then COVID-19 hit.
Once the pandemic began, rentals stopped at East Van Amusements, resulting in a 95% drop in revenue.
This gave Seller the idea of bringing people to games in their own space. In August 2020, the entrepreneur opened Industry Arcade in the Braid Industrial Park in New West.
“I really had no intention of doing something like this until COVID came along and completely disrupted our business,” he explains.
The vendor says the tactile nature of arcade games is what makes the experience so unique.
“I have a lot of physical games here. It’s hard to reproduce at home.”
The industry is currently open four days a week, but the seller is hoping to extend the hours as business slowly rebounds.
For now, its pivot is bearing fruit.
“I didn’t really think it would have the kind of wow factor it did when I deployed it. It was gratifying.”