Meltdown (bar chain)

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FoundedMay 1, 2012 (2012-05-01)
FoundersSophia Metz
Manolack Sana Nikone
Yann-Cédric Mainguy
ServicesBarcraft, Bar, Themed parties, Event management

Meltdown is a French bar chain dedicated to video games and eSports.


Based on the idea of a permanent Barcraft, the first bar Meltdown was established in 2012 in Paris in a small bistro on rue Albert-Thomas.[1] It streamed eSports competitions and had computers and consoles available for use by its clientele. The bar moved to a new location on Passage Thiéré [fr], in the 11th arrondissement of Paris on December 21, 2013.

Meltdown is developing in France and abroad with a franchise platform. There are 20 bars in 7 countries.[2]

Meltdown Paris Competition League of Legends


Meltdown has a menu of cocktails inspired by the video game universe.[3]

A schedule, varying depending on the city, highlights one specific game each day of the week, with the organisation of a free access tournament. Outside of tournament hours, computers and consoles are available for customers to play games.[4]

Meltdown bars broadcast major eSports[5] competitions on their screens. Meltdown has had a presence at gaming conventions such as Paris Games Week and Dreamhack.[citation needed]

Professional Players[edit]

A team of professional players was created by Meltdown in 2014. The first player to wear its colors was Olivier “Louffy” Hay,[6] followed by Ilyes “Stephano” Satouri.[7] The player Florent “Neo” Lecoanet, a world champion of Super Mario Kart, has since joined the team.[citation needed]


The creation of the Meltdown franchise was announced in March 2013.[8] The bars currently open are:

  • France:
  • Other countries:
    • London (United Kingdom, opened on June 1, 2013)
    • Valencia (Spain, opened on May 29, 2015)
    • Cologne (Germany, opened on January 30, 2016)
    • Brussels (Belgium, opened on May 7, 2016)
    • Montreal (Canada, opened on July 30, 2016)
    • Toronto (Canada, opened in November 12, 2016)
    • Madrid (Spain, opened on February 18, 2017)
    • Geneva (Switzerland, opened on October 20, 2018)
    • Barcelona (Spain, opened on November 3, 2018)