Sega has been known all of the time for its arcades. From Sega's GameWorks, to various notable arcade locations in Japan, the organization's had a hand or two with running arcades through various parts of its history. Unfortunately, that history has reached a conclusion as Sega leaves the arcade business behind and auctions most of its remaining locations.
What many fans know as Sega started as "Administration Games" back in 1940, aiming to give coin-operated machines to military bases in request to give the troops something to do in their off-time. While the organization had started off distributing these machines to those locations, Service Games would eventually re-brand as essentially "Sega Inc," and start making its own arcade machines with Periscope in 1965. Since then, Sega turned into a notable arcade giant, even as the organization shifted to making consoles later on.
It appears to be that the Covid-19 pandemic has forced Sega's history in the arcade industry to end. Last year, Sega reported that most of its significant Japanese arcade locations would go to Genda Inc, yet remain under the Sega name, while Sega additionally auctions off its western arcade division. Presently, Genda has declared it's rebranding the rest of Sega's former arcades under its own "Get into the Gaming Oasis" Gigo mark.
Genda has reported that this branding will be put set up with its Ikebukuro, Akihabara, and Shinjuku locations first before being fanned out to the remaining arcades in the rest of the country. On Twitter, the executive of Genda Inc thanks Sega for its long term administration in the industry.
The transition to leave the arcade industry behind is understandable, particularly as the Covid pandemic is still leaving its imprint on Japan, making business for arcades in particular exceptionally difficult. However, it's still terribly dismal to watch as a popular arcade name is gradually bothered out, particularly with how Sega's own locations were viewed as milestones in the country. At the point when Sega's popular Ikebukuro location shut in September, many fans of the arcade came by the thousand to watch as it shut shop for the night one final time, giving it a sentimental farewell.
Thankfully, this doesn't mean Sega is going anyplace anytime soon. In Japan, the organization will still manufacture its toys and crane games under the Sega Amusements name, will still create home control center games. As Sega leaves the arcade industry behind, this offers the organization adequate chance to move its assets somewhere else, meaning additional exciting products for fans to appreciate will most probable come soon sufficient once the dust settles.