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Starting a VR gaming center with franchise from Warstation? 

Starting a VR gaming center franchise involves several steps, from selecting a franchise, research and planning to financing, and setting up your VR gaming center. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

Please note that these steps are not actually strictly sequential, and some of them overlap with each other. For example, financing is part of the business plan, and gaming franchise selection affects the cost and timing distribution.

Conduct Market Research

Research the VR gaming industry demand its stability and growth potential in your area.

Analyze existing and potential competitors and their offerings.

Create Business Plan

Create a detailed business plan outlining your goals, target audience, marketing strategies, financial projections, and operational plans.

Determine the scale and scope of your VR gaming center, including the number of VR arenas, available games, and additional services.

Franchise Selection

Research and choose a reputable VR gaming franchise that aligns with your vision and goals.

Evaluate franchise options and opportunities based on cost factors like franchise fees, royalties, and plus factors like training, and support.

Consider consulting with a legal professional to ensure you understand all it terms and obligations of franchise agreement.

Financing planing

Determine your full startup costs, including gaming franchise fees, VR sets and other equipment, premises rent, social media and website marketing, staff and operating expenses.

Explore financing options such as personal savings, loans, investors, or startup business grants to secure the necessary capital.

Location Selection

Choose a suitable location for your VR gaming center. High-traffic areas, shopping malls, or entertainment districts can be ideal choices.

Consider factors like foot traffic, visibility, accessibility, and proximity to your target audience.

Legal Requirements

Register your business and obtain any necessary permits or licenses. Comply with local zoning and building regulations to ensure your center meets safety, fire and accessibility standards.

Techniclal Setup

Lease or purchase the necessary space for your VR gaming center.

Set up VR equipment, including VR headsets,  managers’ PCs, Wi-Fi routers and VR gaming software.

Arena renovation

Create a comfortable and immersive environment for customers, considering soft wall and floor covering, wall banners, floor tracking signs, lighting, seating, and decor.


Hire and train staff, including VR instructors, technicians, and marketing specialists.  

Gaming Content and Software

Obtain licenses or subscriptions for a diverse range of VR games and experiences (for example for family VR games, team vs team games and games for individual players)

Promotion and Marketing

Develop a marketing strategy to attract customers to your VR gaming center.

Utilize online and offline marketing channels, including social media, local advertising, and partnerships with local attraction businesses, because some of them will be rather partners and not rivals.

Consider offering promotions, discounts, and loyalty programs to incentivize repeat visits.

Health and Safety Measures

Implement health and safety protocols to ensure the well-being of your customers, including regular equipment cleaning and sanitization, checking floor and wall covering.

Provide safety instructions to customers before each game with instructor or TV screen.  

Opening event

Plan a grand opening event to generate buzz and get  initial customer base.

Business Monitoing

Efficiently manage day-to-day operations, including scheduling, maintenance, and customer service.

Collect feedback from customers to understand their preferences and needs.

Monitor financial performance and adjust your marketing strategies based on results.

Continuously improve your VR gaming center based on customer suggestions and changing VR industry trends.