About The Arcade Vaults

We are The Arcade Vaults, an exciting and unique venue and community in the centre of Cardiff for all things videogaming. 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 videogames 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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    We have a dedicated co-working space for anyone interested in making games or being part of a community who do. There are three pricing tiers available to anyone who wants to use the space, 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 upstairs space is a flexible area available for hire. We can run events for you with a wide selection of retro and modern gaming consoles, or just provide the space on its own to you, with access to our bar and free-to-play area.
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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

    Crash Team Racing Party

    Fri | 21 June 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00
    Fri | 21 June 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00

    To celebrate the launch of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled we're putting on a mini launch event for the game itself plus the original CTR with a tournament!

    gamedev.world viewing

    Fri | 21 June 2019 | 10:00 to Sat | 22 June 2019 | 21:00
    Fri | 21 June 2019 | 10:00 to Sat | 22 June 2019 | 21:00

    gamedev.world is the global game developer conference. Featuring 30+ speakers from all over the planet, all talks will be close-captioned and translated into Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

    Broadcast live on gamedev.world from June 21st – June 23rd, join us for the first-ever global games conference. Learn from top developers around the planet in talks and interactive Q&A’s, meet other developers speaking your language, and gain a global perspective on the art & business of game creation.

    We'll be screening the conference on the 21st and 22nd on our large screen in our co-working space. Ticket entry covers the entire weekend and includes free tea and coffee and complimentary snacks!


    Sat | 22 June 2019 | 15:00 to 22:00
    Sat | 22 June 2019 | 15:00 to 22:00

    Smashaday (Smash, on a Saturday!) returns!

    We'll be running a series of tournaments throughout the day on Nintendo's amazing Smash Ultimate, including a Juniors tournament for the younger Smash fans in the afternoon, with various prizes available to the victors (in addition to the glory of course)

    Venue fee:
    £3 (access to the arcade is regular pricing but includes tournament entry)


    Please note, juniors and doubles will run subject to the number of attendees!

    • Juniors (under 14) - from 3pm - FREE
    • Doubles - from 5pm - £1 per person
    • Singles - after Doubles - £2 per person

    Charity Mario Kart Tournament

    Sat | 6 July 2019 | 16:00 to 20:00
    Sat | 6 July 2019 | 16:00 to 20:00

    Its the return of our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament for charity! For this month, we'll be giving back to the Cardiff Foodbank again!


    Please bring one item from the ‘most needed food items’ list for entry into the tournament. When considering potential future donations to Cardiff Food Bank make sure to check the website https://cardiff.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/ to check what is most needed.


    • UHT MILK

    Please do not bring food items from the 'plenty of' list as the Food Bank will likely turn them away. Try and coordinate with your friends to bring as large a variety of the list as possible!


    • BEANS
    • PASTA
    • SOUP
    • TEA
    • MEAT

    The venue fee is £3 and the winner of the tournament gets 1 month's membership to the Arcade for FREE!

    Maximum Melee - Series 3

    Thu | 6 June 2019 | 17:00 to Thu | 11 July 2019 | 21:00
    Thu | 6 June 2019 | 17:00 to Thu | 11 July 2019 | 21:00

    We're back with the second 6-week series of Melee events across June and July, featuring a mixture of Singles and Doubles tournaments with cash prizes as well as some free play set-ups for getting some practice in.

    • Venue fee: £3
    • Singles: £2
    • Doubles: £1 (note that doubles will be subject to demand)

    We're also awarding points to players each week depending on where they finish, which will go towards a league table over the 6 weeks.


    Fri | 12 July 2019 | 18:30 to 21:30
    Fri | 12 July 2019 | 18:30 to 21:30

    Quizbit is back! We're running a video game themed quiz night featuring rounds of amazing questions about games and gaming related fun.

    Entry to the quiz is only £2, with a maximum of 6 per team.

    Prizes will be announced soon!

    D&D One Shots

    Sat | 13 July 2019 | 12:00 to 21:00
    Sat | 13 July 2019 | 12:00 to 21:00

    Have you always wanted to try Dungeons & Dragons but never had the chance? Or are you just a D&D player looking for something new to try? This month we now have FOUR unique campaigns for beginners to try out and explore over 2 sessions, with our super friendly Dungeon Masters who will aim to ease you in but will also make sure you have a fun and wild adventure!

    The 4 one-shot campaigns and ticket information will be announced very shortly!

    Maximum Melee Squared

    Sat | 27 July 2019 | 10:00 to 22:00
    Sat | 27 July 2019 | 10:00 to 22:00

    A new giant sized Super Smash Bros. Melee Tournament for Cardiff with a 48 player cap!

    £10 VENUE FEE / £5 BRACKET

    This will be an all day festival of Melee with a singles bracket and doubles bracket. Entry price will include:

    • Access to entire retro arcade
    • Multiple NTSC & UCF in use for ALL Melee setups
    • Other Smash setups
    • Evening entertainment
    • Food and drink on site
    • Live stream all day

    Please note, this will be an 18+ event only. More information and sign-up/registration information to follow.

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27-31 High Street Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BB