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Korea's Green Arcade Closes its Doors

The end of an era. Green Game Land (그린게임랜드) in Daerim, South Korea is shutting down. News of the closure was posted by Knee alongside a photo showing the arcade closing up and starting to haul all the cabinets out. For many years, Green Arcade has been the cultural Tekken mecca that produced the best players in the entire world and you can see it with walls filled with posters and trophies across many Tekken games. All the longstanding history from the arcade; dating back to ancient days of the earlier Tekkens, are now over. The future for Korean Tekken in arcades is now uncertain. Thanks for playing.

Green Arcade Closure Notice ≫


▌Green Arcade Shutting Down
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Closure Details:

The building it was in was very old and it didn’t have any blueprints left over. Recently, it became law to have a blueprint for every building, so the building owner started a big renovation. At first, Green Arcade was also just going to close during this, but reopen (Chanel’s tweet, text to green mom)

But it is important to know Green Arcade was operating on low finance for a long time, especially with introduction of Steam. Green mom became hesitant about transitioning to the next Tekken, and many users already knew Green’s days would be limited to Tekken7FR. When the rennovation looked to take a long time, Green mom made a decision to close down and overturned the reopening idea. (Knee’s tweet, visiting players today) Green owners say they are sorry they couldn’t make it to the end.

For people both in and out of Korea, this is a very abrupt way to go and I am very sad that we were not able to give Green Arcade a proper sendoff with a giant tournament hurrah. Korean arcade is indeed very dead. Like many others, my namco card will now represent a bygone arcade.

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