Sega Arcade
Image: Genda GiGO Entertainment, Inc

Bandai Namco is to occupy a former Sega amusement arcade location in Tokyo's Akihabara, it has been confirmed.

The Sega Akihabara Arcade Building 4 – which was briefly branded as the GiGO Akihabara Arcade Building 4 when Genda GiGO Entertainment, Inc. took over the site – was in operation for 12 years, and closed for good on 25th September, 2022.

Due to its location south of Akihabara train station, Akihabara Arcade Building 4 was an important part of the Akihabara gaming scene. It was not only home to an arcade but also a cafe, which itself hosted several partnership events with popular game franchises.

The building has been vacant since then, but last week, cabinets containing Bandai Namco titles were brought into the building, sparking rumours that it would become an amusement facility. This week, part-time job recruitment for game centre staff has been spotted on multiple Japanese job sites.

The building will be named 'Namco Akihabara' and is expected to open this March.

Thanks to @Pi3R10 for the tip!

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