A virtual reality gaming centre is planned for a former Natwest bank in Okehampton in West Devon.
Would-be owner Ryan Arthurs said he plans to have a range of virtual games like escape rooms, boxing and shooting games and an arcade with some of the more traditional games like Pac-Man. He added that the space downstairs in the former bank building was sizeable and he was now looking at what to put in from the ‘massive’ range of games available.
“I am renting part of the building for the business,” he said. “There is not a huge amount of work to do downstairs. If we can secure planning permission we could be ready to go as soon as next month.”
Arthurs hopes his venture will breathe life back into the historic building and draw more people into Okehampton whilst giving local teenagers, adults and families something different to do in the town.
“I think some people get the wrong impression that gaming is very insular but it is very social when you play with your friends,” he explained. “It also teaches you skills like problem solving and reaction skills. It can be a very good educational resource and I certainly aim to try and get school groups to come along.”