There are now over 3000 offline VR arcades across China, where visitors pay sums of money to try out VR games. VR arcades can play an important role in growing more VR content companies locally. In China, FAMIKU, one of the biggest VR arcades in Shanghai, is being used as a testbed for overseas VR games and a source of feedback for homegrown ones.

How about its neighbor South Korea? Despite the huge amount of funding from the Korean government into the VR industry and booming local VR startups, the VR arcade business in Korea is still in its infant stage, largely due to government regulations.

The Korean Government is set to invest 405 billion won ($363 million USD) over the next five years to promote the virtual reality industry, seen as a future growth engine. However, there is no authoritative regulation or institution to support VR arcades.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com