The Arcade would like to acknowledge that our building is on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.
We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging. We celebrate the history and creativity of the world's oldest living culture.
We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land, which continue to be important to these people living today.
Welcome to The Arcade, Australia's first, not-for-profit, collaborative workspace created specifically for game developers and creative companies.
Established in September 2013, The Arcade has been the leading cooperative working space for the broader video games industry.
Here at The Arcade, we like to foster an environment that allows people to:
We strive to create a diverse and inclusive community that welcomes everyone. All creative companies using game methodologies and technologies (for example film & television, VR and XR) are welcome at The Arcade.
In 2020, The Arcade merged with the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA), a member-led not-for-profit industry association representing and advocating for Australian and New Zealand companies in the computer and video game industry.
This means not only can we provide you space to grow both personally and professionally, you will also experience how we actively work to support and encourage growth for the industry as a whole.
Whether you are a one person start-up or a team of 50, we can work with you to ensure there is a space the suits you and your business. With our flexible options, your working space can expand in line with your business.
We hope to see you at The Arcade soon!
Come join our community of creatives and work in The Arcade! We have Desk spaces in our open plan area which includes access to our wifi network, meeting rooms, kitchens and lunch area. Working in The Arcade gives you the chance to meet fellow developers and make contacts with vital people in the industry. If you're interested in renting a desk or inquiring about our office space, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page to get in touch.
Hot Desk are available for $36 per day (excl. GST)
Which allow you to Work in The Arcade for the day (Weekdays during business hours only)
Part Time and Permanent Desks are also available to fit around your schedule.
Use the contact form below for information and pricing.
We are always looking for new people to join our community of creatives, If you would like to view the space and learn about our community then you can use the contact form below to book in a tour to discuss the options we have available for you
Upskilling and growth in the gaming industry is a core focus for The Arcade.
The Arcade hosts seminar and workshop sessions for the benefit of companies in the Victorian games industry.
These events are presented by independent, external advisors, Arcade patrons and international guests on topics such as skills development, planning, diversity, business intelligence and marketing.
The purpose is to provide support and encourage growth of small game development companies by giving them access to relevant information, services and technology that would benefit their businesses.
If you are interested in attending or holding a workshop in The Arcade, please contact us for more information.
The Arcade is thrilled to announce the SMART Program!
The South Melbourne Arcade Residency Tenure (SMART) Program is an assistive residency placement within The Arcade Melbourne, powered by City of Port Phillip.
The SMART Program aims to help early-career individuals have the opportunity to hotdesk out of The Arcade that might not otherwise have the financial means to attend.
The intention of this program is to help foster the production of game development within the City of Port Phillip, create a more accessible entry point to our diverse game developer community and to assist in financial pipelines for marginalised or low income game developers.
We want to pave the way for the next generation of talented developers by facilitating access to the learning, networking and engagement opportunities that naturally occur within The Arcade.
Thanks to the generous support of City of Port Phillip, the SMART program will allow a select number of amazing applicants access to The Arcade’s open plan hotdesking area for a number of months.
Find out more and how to apply here:
Applications are open as of today & will close October 31st 2021.
The first intake will begin in November.
Over the last five years, The Arcade has run a successful student engagement program with universities that run top of the line game development courses, and their students that are undertaking their final year of game development study.
This has mutually benefitted both the partnering University and The Arcade by not only creating top tier graduates who become the first choice for hiring studios inside and outside but also spawning studios directly out of university.
The program allows the partnering University to engage with The Arcade across a variety of on-site work, specialised events, natural networking and coordinated feedback sessions.
2021 marks the beginning of our newly expanded version of the program that offers even more opportunities to connect with our developers whether it is digitally or physically.
Our address is 164 Kings Way, South Melbourne VIC 3205. Located in the heart of South Melbourne, in the City of Port Phillip, The Arcade is a convenient short walk from the Number 1, the number 58 and the number 12 tram stops. There is paid on street parking available on Tope Street, and The Arcade has a private undercover garage available. If you'd like to get in touch to arrange a visit, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page!
Thank you for your interest in The Arcade. If you would like more information, or to book a tour, please fill out the contact form below and we will be in touch. Additionally, you can follow us on twitter and facebook by clicking the links at the bottom of the page.