Round One Corporation

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Round One Corporation
Native name
ラウンドワン
Traded asTYO: 4680
Headquarters,
Area served
Japan
United States
Russia
SubsidiariesRound One Entertainment Inc.
Websiteround1.co.jp
round1usa.com

Round One Corporation (Japanese: ラウンドワン, Hepburn: Raundo Wan) [2] (Stylized as ROUND1) is a Japan-based amusement store chain. In Japan, the amusement centers offer bowling alleys, arcade games, karaoke, and billiards, they also have a larger variation of Round One known as SpoCha, abbreviated for Sports Challenge, that offers a variety of items and indoor/outdoor activities such as batting cages, basketball, volleyball, tennis, futsal, driving range, etc.[3] Round One Entertainment Inc. is an American subsidiary of Round One Corporation, the amusement centers in the U.S. offer a variety of bowling, karaoke, video game arcade cabinets and redemption games, billiards, darts, and ping pong while serving a variety of food and beverages.[4]

History[edit]

On December 25, 1980, the owner, Masahiko Sugino, founded a company called Sugino Kosan that featured a roller skate facility with arcade games. A few years later, the facility expanded to include a bowling alley which became very popular. This company later became the first Round One store in 1993. Since then, the company quickly expanded all across Japan.

Before 2010, the company first attempted to expand to the United States, when the company established Round One U.S.A. Corp, but after not finding a good location for their first overseas location, this subsidiary closed down in July 2006, the subsidiary was relaunched in 2008 as Round One Entertainment Inc., and successfully opened up a Round One-branded location at Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry, California in 2010.

In Japan, there are currently 107 stores open.

In the U.S., there are currently stores open in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, New York, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, Utah, New Mexico, and Wisconsin. More locations are planned to open in Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, and Virginia.[5][6] Currently, Round 1 plans to expand at a rate of 10 stores per year.[7][1][8][9]

Outlet in the Exton Square Mall which opened in December 2016

The brand also plans to open stores in Asia-Pacific region including Russia and China.[10]

Arcade games[edit]

Round One locations in the United States offer many exclusive Japanese arcade games. These include beatmania IIDX 27: HEROIC VERSE, Sound Voltex V: VIVID WAVE, Groove Coaster, and Initial D Arcade Stage 8. They also exclusively offer the special 20th anniversary golden cabinet for Dance Dance Revolution A20.[11] Round One and Dave & Buster's are the only two entertainment centers in the United States that have e-AMUSEMENT, an online service integrated into some Konami arcade games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "【ラウンドワン】ご指定のページは見つかりませんでした。". www.round1.co.jp.
  2. ^ "Company info".
  3. ^ "【ラウンドワン】スポッチャ". www.round1.co.jp. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  4. ^ "Round One Entertainment Inc. | Round1 Is A State-of-the-art Entertainment Company Offering Fun The Whole Family Can Enjoy". www.round1usa.com.
  5. ^ "【ラウンドワン】出店計画". www.round1.co.jp. Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  6. ^ "ROUND1 Real Estate Information". www.round1usa.com. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  7. ^ "Round One Entertainment Inc. | Round1 Is A State-of-the-art Entertainment Company Offering Fun The Whole Family Can Enjoy". www.round1usa.com.
  8. ^ "Inside Michigan's first Round 1 Bowling and Amusement at Great Lakes Crossing - The Oakland Press Media Center".
  9. ^ "Bowling alley, karaoke, and arcade coming to Northwoods Mall". WCSC. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  10. ^ Richardson, Paul. "ROUND 1 Upcoming Locations Report". bemanistyle. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  11. ^ "ARCADE GAMES".

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