A game center is a place where activities of indoor (and maybe outdoor) games take place. a place where game (video, board) fans meet to play games against each other. Video centers are quite common in Nigeria, some of the game centers has outdoor games (swimming pools, tennis court, Golf, etc) while some just focus on the indoor games.
The reality is;indoor games are cheaper than outdoor games. we will focus,however, on the indoor games.
What You Need To Startup A Computer Game Center?
First of all, get a good location. It could cost you the rentage of a big space. It should also be located in a domestic area; this is because your prospective clients are located within the domestic axis. You need to be well informed about the features of games that you intend to use. We suggest video games, board games as well as snooker game. The cost of setting up boils down to the following.
1. Big Open Indoor Space
This could amount to N 200,000 /year depending on the area you want to set it up in.
2. Television Sets
It is advisable to start with 4 sets and, of course, the television set should be of standard quality. this could amount to about N200,000 or less for the sets depending on the quality.
Standard gaming furniture is also needed. This includes comfortable chairs, good tables, and quality appliances such as stabilizer, socket extensions, etc. We evaluate all these to cost N200,000.
3. Game Consoles
You need four set of video games to start with. you can get a new Sony play station 3 for about about N60,000. the price for 4 should amount to N240,000, PS2 should be at the rate of N15,000 and perhaps you can also get PS1. you should also ensure that you download games on the hard drive of the game system, this will ensure that you don’t spend so much on buying game Compact Dics (CDs).
They don’t only cost more, they also have tendency of spoiling or make the lens of the console wear, and you might soon find yourself running back to the market to either buy lens, or more CDs. You also need to get a snooker table, coupled with some board games like chess, monopol, e.t.c.
You need a power generating set that will serve as an alternative power source should PHCN light should go off. This should be estimated as N80,000 – N100,000.
You will be needing an advertisement post in front of the location. You should also get another post at a public stop. You should also consider making flyers that will reach out to the gaming public.
How To Run You Computer Game Center
You should start by employing 1-2 people that will ensure the efficient operation of the place. these people should be well knowledge in the handling of hospitality. You should also get a consultant technician that will ensure the smooth operation of the Equipment of the place. You should ensure that your prices are quite competitive, ensure also, that you deliver best of quality to your customers.
How To Keep Your Customers
You can keep your customers by firstly getting information from them on what they really like. try and meet up with their desires. you should also create tournaments, competitions. This will make customers to be attached to your place. You should also ensure that your customers are treated special.
You should also create special package for them, like play 3 games and get the last game free, etc. This will encourage them to come back and play more games from you.
How You Make Profit In Your Computer Game Center
Get competitive price and fix a good price for your games. video games should cost N50/10 mins game and snooker board should also be the same price. Board games can go higher (because the games tend to use up more time) to N100 each. Here is the breakdown of the viable profit you can make in an hour
1 PS 3 console game = N100/ 10 minutes (2 players) =N600/ Hr
4 PS 3 games = N600 X 4 = N2400/ Hr
1 PS 2 console game = N60/ 10 minutes (2 players) =N360/ Hr
4 PS 2 games = N360 X 4 = N1440/ Hr
Average Profit = N2000/Hr.
Minimum of 6hrs daily, including peak periods = N2000 X 6 = N12,000/day
You can do your maths for PS1 and other game consoles you want to include.