GameWorks

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GameWorks
IndustryEntertainment
PredecessorSega City
Founded1996; 22 years ago (1996)
Number of locations
7 arcades (2018)
ParentExWorks Capital
Websitewww.gameworks.com/ Edit this on Wikidata

GameWorks is a chain of location-based entertainment venues featuring a wide array of video game arcades, in addition to full-service bars and restaurants. There are currently seven GameWorks venues throughout the U.S, with the re-opening of the chains' flagship store in Las Vegas, NV. The Las Vegas store is the first store in the chain with a dedicated eSports Arena, a devoted space for multi-player online computer gaming. eSports has now become an integral part of all new and developing locations in the chain.

History[edit]

The chain began as a joint venture between Sega, Universal Studios, and DreamWorks.[1][2] It opened its first location in Seattle in March 1997.[3] Steven Spielberg provided creative input before DreamWorks sold its portion in 2001.[4]

The chain itself filed its first bankruptcy in 2004, 6 years later the company filed its second bankruptcy. On November 3, 2005, Sega Sammy Holdings, which was formed by the merger of Sega and Sammy, bought all of the controlling interests of GameWorks. As a result of the second bankruptcy filing in 2010, Sega Entertainment USA the parent company at that time, suddenly closed down seven GameWorks venues on March 29, 2010, in an attempt to focus the chain's mission on profitability and future growth. Two locations that closed up, one in Circle Centre at Indianapolis, Indiana, and another location in Irvine Spectrum Center at Irvine, California, originally opened up as Sega City.

In 2011, GameWorks was sold to an investment group named HNR Capital. In October 2011, GameWorks acquired the assets of several Jillian's Billiards Clubs in California, Washington, and Virginia.

In May 2017, Oomba agreed to acquire GameWorks.[5] In May 2018, ExWorks Capital took ownership of its parent company, and as a result, GameWorks is now owned by ExWorks Capital.[6]

Locations[edit]

USA locations[edit]

Midwest
Northwest
Southwest
East Coast

Former locations[edit]

International locations[edit]

In North America
Former locations
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Opened in 1999. Despite being a very successful location, constantly full, it was closed in 2003 due to disagreements with the local representative. They wanted to remove the restaurant, and only keep the 2 bars. The Brazilian company created its own arcade brand, called HotZone.)
  • Tumon, Guam (Closed in 2006)
  • Vienna, Austria (Opened in 2001, filed for bankruptcy around 2003)
  • Kuwait City, Kuwait (Opened in 2003, later called Gamewizz, closed in 2013)
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (At Mega Centro Mall, opened in a former McDonald's fast food, closed in 2015)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Webb, Marcus (May 1996). "Sega Gameworks Goes Forward with Speilberg and MCA". Next Generation. No. 17. Imagine Media. p. 26.
  2. ^ "Inside Scoop". GamePro. No. 104. IDG. May 1997. p. 24.
  3. ^ a b "Tokyo Game Show Report from Japan". Next Generation. No. 30. Imagine Media. June 1997. p. 17.
  4. ^ "DreamWorks Backs Out Of GameWorks".
  5. ^ "GameWorks Acquired by Oomba - San Fernando Valley Business Journal". sfvbj.com.
  6. ^ "GameWorks arcades has a new owner: ExWorks Capital". VentureBeat. 2018-09-05. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ Neil Nisperos (July 11, 2017). "GameWorks closes at Ontario Mills after 20-year run". San Bernardino County Sun.
  10. ^ Conor Shine (February 23, 2012). "After 15 years, GameWorks closing on Strip, looking for new location to serve locals". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2015-07-18.
  11. ^ Tampa GameWorks to reopen Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine., article from TBO about GameWorks/GameTime.
  12. ^ "World Sports Grille". Archived from the original on February 9, 2014.

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