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

    Global Game Jam 2019

    Fri | 25 January 2019 | 16:00 to Sun | 27 January 2019 | 18:00
    Fri | 25 January 2019 | 16:00 to Sun | 27 January 2019 | 18:00

    Are you a creative games designer, artist, programmer or audio designer up for a challenge? If so, come and be part of the Global Game Jam. You will have the weekend to conceive and build a game based on a global theme!

    Doors will be open from 4pm on Friday evening for everyone to meet. The themes will be announced by Global Game Jam so that the fun can begin and ending at 5pm on Sunday. Games will need to be submitted to the Global Game Jam website on Sunday before the 3pm deadline. Teams will then have the opportunity to present their game to everyone.

    Why the charge?

    We do have to cover our staffing and running costs for the weekend. However, the ticket price grants access to Levels 2 and 3 of The Arcade Vaults and includes free teas and coffees, plus access to a kitchenette with a fridge and microwave. There will also be a lot of pizza available to all on the Friday night! We're located right in the City Centre so you will have access to plenty of other food options for the entire weekend.

    We will ask jammers to register and join the GGJ site separately on the day - purchasing a ticket will register your details with us so we know you are attending.

    Note that this will not be a 24 hour site - access will be limited to 8/9am at the earliest and around 10/11pm at the latest. If you are coming in from outside of Cardiff there are lots of places to stay nearby.


    Sat | 2 February 2019 | 15:00 to 22:00
    Sat | 2 February 2019 | 15:00 to 22:00

    Smashaday (Smash, on a Saturday!) returns for a new regular monthly event!!

    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)

    Sign-ups and pricing will be announced shortly!

    We Love Melee

    Thu | 3 January 2019 | 17:00 to Thu | 7 February 2019 | 21:00
    Thu | 3 January 2019 | 17:00 to Thu | 7 February 2019 | 21:00

    We Love Melee! So Team Smash Wales is running a 6-week series of Melee tournaments at The Arcade Vaults!

    For 6 weeks, The Arcade Vaults in Cardiff will open its doors to the Melee community from 5pm - 9pm every Thursday, running from January 3rd (Yes, THIS THURSDAY!) until February 7th.

    A few Welsh players are jetting off to Ireland to enter Schism 3 in February, and this series will help make sure we're match-fit when we take on the Irish.

    Venue fee: £2
    Singles fee: £2
    Doubles fee: £1 per player

    All matches will be played on the latest available UCF


    • Both Doubles and Singles every week
    • A brand new, centrally located, non-profit venue!
    • Live stream on Twitch
    • A highlights video of the top 5 plays each week, made by Team Smash Wales

    The Arcade Vaults (https://www.facebook.com/thearcadevaults/) is a non-profit, community-driven venue with a love for all things gaming.

    The Arcade Vaults facilitates:

    • Streaming of matches
    • TVs and consoles provided. No need for players to bring anything; just show up, plug in, and play!
    • A Smash Ultimate setup for you to try
    • An NTSC Melee setup for you to try (We might trial some NTSC weeklies)
    • Soft drinks and energy drinks
    • BEER! (also cider, wine, and spirits; all bottled)
    • Hot drinks
    • Bring your own food. Burger King is next door, and there are plenty of awesome independent eateries nearby!

    This video shows you how to find the venue:


    Do you love Melee? Yes? See you there!

    Player Nation 2019

    Fri | 12 April 2019 | 18:00 to Sat | 13 April 2019 | 15:00
    Fri | 12 April 2019 | 18:00 to Sat | 13 April 2019 | 15:00

    Announcing Player Nation 2019, now across TWO days, with a special evening for the grown ups and an all day festival of fun for all the family!

    More details will be announced soon, but for now, keep the date free for next year.

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