About The Arcade Vaults

We are The Arcade Vaults, an exciting and unique venue and community in the centre of Cardiff for all things gaming. If you make games, play games both old and new, want to learn about games, or would just like to engage with the community in this amazing world of games, then this is the place for you.

At the heart of The Arcade Vaults and its community is you; the players and the creators. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to play games and even more so, anyone should be able to make them and understand how they are made.

The Stuff We do

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    Our arcade is split into two areas - we have a space featuring classic consoles and hundreds of games, with a small free-to-play area where we also serve coffee, tea, drinks and gamer friendly snacks. We are also open on selected evenings for those that like a stronger beverage with their gaming fun!
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    The Community Rooms are our co-working and events space, tailored for anyone interested in making games or being part of a community who do but open to everyone to experience. There are three pricing tiers available to anyone who wants to use the space for work, with high-speed broadband (wired and wireless), tea and coffee, and a kitchen, plus various tech facilities and business support!
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    Our Upper Arcade and The Community Rooms are available for hire. We can run events for you with a wide selection of retro and modern gaming consoles, or just provide the spaces on their own to you, with access to our bar.
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    We organise events and parties across the UK. And we really do everything, including supplying the gaming gear and screens, promotion of the event, set-up, photography, prizes and so on! We also do educational seminars and networking events for those of you in the community looking to learn something new or meet like-minded people.

Upcoming Events

    Game Makers Social - June

    Thu | 30 June 2022 | 19:00 to 23:00
    Thu | 30 June 2022 | 19:00 to 23:00

    The new monthly game makers and developers meet-up kicks off this month! Formerly the Games Wales meetup, its basically the same - a chance to network and socialise about all things game development!

    And if you have any games you want to show off or playtest please do bring them along....

    Game Makers Saturday Sessions

    Sat | 2 July 2022 | 19:30 to 21:30
    Sat | 2 July 2022 | 19:30 to 21:30

    Our talks under our "Game Makers" banner are taking place for the first time and on a Saturday no less!

    We have 2 free talks kicking off from half 7:

    Dan - Echo Games - Serious Games
    Echo Games CIC is a community interest company developing serious games for social change. In this talk, Dan will cover their recent work on game experiences for museums and other non-traditional gaming spaces, and give an insight into the bespoke challenges facing designers and developers innovating in these spaces

    Dom - Splash Damage - My Industry Journey
    Character Artist Dominic Pugh will be discussing his freelance career, journey to industry & how to get the most out your Portfolio

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Find us at:
27-31 High Street Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BB