At 0:00 on April 8, an official letter from the City People’s Committee. Hanoi has officially allowed online and video game stores in the capital to reopen. This is good news for not only gamers but also a positive signal for “net shop” owners after nearly a year of inactivity.
During the nearly one-year period of closure due to intense COVID-19 outbreaks, many major cybergame systems succumbed and closed many facilities in turn. A “monument” in the cyber village in Hanoi capital cannot fail to mention that Vikings Cybercafe has now closed most of its establishments, including Kham Thien facility, once the childhood of many Ha gamers. Fort.
While the famous cybergames with a long history for Hanoi gamers like Vikings, GameHome and Cyzone, respectively, closed the entire system or only maintained at least one establishment, with Gaming X, a system The cybergame system, which is only a few years old, is currently the video game system with the largest number of establishments in Hanoi, although the epidemic has significantly affected the business of this system.
We had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Nguyen Manh Tuan, manager of the Gaming X system chain, to ask about the difficulties and challenges when trading in video game services during the epidemic season.
Up to now, I still maintain 4 main offices at Nguyen Ngoc Vu, Cau Giay, Thanh Cong and Truong Dinh streets. The recent outbreak has forced me to close the establishment in Co Nhue. This facility has only been open for more than a year, then it had to close for nearly a year, since the stressful epidemic last April, I couldn’t stand it, so I had to pay the ground and liquidate the machine.
I didn’t expect this pandemic to last this long. If counting from the start date of closing is April 30, 2021, up to now, it is only 20 days short of a full year holiday.
Regarding the financial factor, I have partial support for the cost of the premises, but with such a large number of establishments, the management is also extremely difficult. I myself still have a maintenance fund, but over time, it gradually runs out and can’t hold out any longer. In addition to cash, there are many other costs incurred such as: paying staff salaries, electricity, water, service fees and even machine maintenance…
At Co Nhue facility, I have liquidated some of the rigs for gamers who need to maintain some key facilities (such as the one in Cau Giay).
Sure we have! But now, after 1 year of inactivity, many faulty machines arise, the staff has also retired, so I consider starting over. Its point of view of launching promotions is to show gratitude and attract new customers. Therefore, machines, facilities and services must be very good to dare to think about deploying events.
For a cyber system that always puts service quality on top like me, this is a must. Therefore, there are a few establishments that we cannot open to welcome guests on April 8, but it takes time from 1 to 2 weeks to prepare the most carefully.
This is what I expected. The last long epidemic has caused many customers to build their own devices at home to play. In addition, consumer habits also change as more people switch to playing games on phones than on PCs. In addition, students and students are still learning a lot online, so it will definitely be affected.
But there is a parallel with that is that many game shops are also closed, so the supply also decreases. As for the fact that the number of customers decreases more or less, we still have to wait a few days when we reopen to understand the situation.
I think small-scale net shops have lower rental costs, so it is natural to stay through more. As for the big shops, the monthly cost is a lot. In addition, there are many shops that convert their business models from games to provide other services such as billiards, because while the COVID epidemic has banned a series of service industries such as karaoke, games, billiards is still a profession. allowed to do business, so young people flock to play billiards a lot.
The actual number of small nets that I know are still active is not much, but they can be redone very quickly because the setup cost is not too large.
Surely if the epidemic develops in a better direction and the economy recovers, many large cyber rooms will appear again.
Regarding the issue of whether to open a cyber shop this year, I think it will still depend on the actual number of guests and each different region. As for the problem of doing it or not, you need to survey the market in the area you intend to open specifically before making an official decision.
And the price of VGA I think in a short time will not be able to drop sharply, unless the VGAs can no longer dig up ETH, then the market will receive a VGA discharge that is much stronger than in 2018. However, this is also what I look forward to giving gamers the opportunity to experience the new and more powerful VGA lines!