Sega Ikebukuro Gigo arcade announces its closure, after 28 years of legend

Sega Ikebukuro Gigo arcade announces its closure, after 28 years of legend

The arcade rooms are part of the golden age of video game history… and especially in his native Japan. Sega has always been one of the companies most committed to the cause, despite the sad news that we are going to give you.

If an emblematic arcade in the country of the rising sun is to be highlighted, that is the Sega Ikebukuro Gigo. After 28 years of history that started in July 1993, those responsible have announced the definitive closure of this premises.

This could be read in the official Twitter account of the recreation room, which announced the closing of its doors for next September 20, 2021. This brings an end to almost three decades of legend, thanking all customers for the glorious afternoons they spent in this legendary salon.

The reason for the closure is, of course, the serious situation these premises are going through. The pandemic has caused the closure of many arcade rooms, What the sega room of Akihabara, which closed its doors last year without notice.

The official Sega Ikebukuro Gigo account has announced that the closure is due to the end of the lease for the building. The premises will be renovated and the owners will change, as a result of the serious crisis that this sector is going through in Japan.

During the 28 years of life of the Sega Ikebukuro Gigo, its spectacular facade went from a garish yellow in the 90s to a deep red starting in 2013. The tourist restrictions in Japan have ended up giving the finishing touch to the arcade rooms, and this has not been the exception.

The fact that even the big arcades are going bankrupt one after another shows the seriousness of the situation‘says Morihiro Shigihara, a former gambling hall manager in Japan.

The iconic Sega Ikebukuro Gigo will close definitively on September 20, ending 28 years of living video game history. Which Sega classic do you remember most fondly? Have you ever been to this legendary arcade?

Source: Kotaku

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