VR arcades are hot in China, so hot that they might even burn up before they take off: a plethora of choice, but little expertise or know-how to create sustainable businesses or compete with lowering barriers to entry for individual users. Hive VR, however, wants to capitalize on the quickly saturating market to focus on B2B services.

Hive VR arcade is one of the few VR arcades in Shanghai that has HTC Vive, Play Station VR, and Oculus Rift (bought from Netherlands since Oculus is not officially available in China). For that reason, their VR arcade often serves as an offline spot to try out different VR headsets for VR game gurus.

“Some techy Customers try out different hardware, games, and content on each device and compare the price to buy a VR headset for themselves,” Nick Kiewik, the co-founder of Hive VR told me. The 35-year-old Dutch is a full-time technical engineer at Bayer Shanghai, a German pharmaceutical company.

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Eva Yoo

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