Gaming shops in Singapore
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If LAN shops were an important part of your childhood, you might remember scrimping and saving on pocket money, and racing to a nearby one right after school to game with friends.
LAN shops were at their prime then, because back in the day, computers weren’t a household item. These days, people have their own customised set-ups and no longer have a reason to visit a LAN shop.
But if you’re gaming on a toaster, suffering from sucky internet or looking to take a trip down memory lane, here are 8 affordable LAN shops in Singapore for a lag-free gaming session:
1. Cyber Express Cafe – comfy individual sofa seats ($2/hour)
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Cyber Express Cafe’s computers have a Garena Gold subscription, which means that for only $2/hour, all players will enjoy 2 times IP boost in League of Legends and additional 10% experience in Blackshot.
In the event that you forget to log out of your accounts, don’t worry about getting hacked because the computers at this LAN shop wipes all previous memory once they’re restarted.
Address: 1 Jalan Anak Bukit #B1-12A Bukit Timah Plaza Singapore 588996
2. GG Entertainment – huge range of games (from $1/hour)
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GG Entertainment offers a very large range of games from the usual League of Legends (LOL) to Overwatch and World of Warcraft. Besides that, they also have Blade and Soul, Tera, Dota 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2) and Call of Duty – the list goes on.
For only $2 an hour, you can switch between any of the aforementioned games and more. But if you’re looking to stay for long, check out their money-saving packages where you can get 3 hours of game time for $5, 6 hours for $9 and 12 hours for $12.
To top it all off, GG Entertainment occasionally offers festive promotions so do follow their Facebook page to catch these deals.
Address: Golden Wall Centre, 89 Short Street, #B1-14, Singapore, 188216
Opening Hours: Daily 10AM-2AM
Telephone: 6254 5004
3. Clique Gaming – with a “MUJI” vibe ($2/hour)
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If you’re looking for something slightly more fancy, check out Clique Gaming. They have this MUJI aesthetic going on, with the space decked out in luxurious sofa seats and two rows of spotlights to make for a well-lit and classy environment.
You would think that such an atas-looking place would warrant hefty prices, but it’ll only cost you $2/hour to game here.
And that’s not all – you get zhnged accounts which give players double IP boost in League of Legends, access to gold member rooms in DOTA, and 5% experience boost for Blackshot players. There’s also Heroes of Newerth on all computers and players are granted access to every single hero in the game regardless of which account you use to play.
Address: 35 Selegie Road Parklane Shopping Mall #B1-17, Singapore 188307
Opening Hours: Daily 24 hours
Telephone: 9009 3707
4. Colosseum – custom-made ergonomic gaming chairs (from $2/hour)
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Colosseum is a hot favourite amongst gamers because of their custom-made gaming chairs. These don’t come cheap and are specifically built to help with posture.
Play games like Overwatch, League of Legends, CS:GO, Tera, Left 4 Dead 2, DOTA 2 and even Maplestory here for only $3/hour if you’re not a member. To enjoy their $2/hour rates, simply fork out $8 for a one-time membership fee and be rewarded with 4 hours of free gaming as well as additional discounts for a year.
Address: E!Avenue 1 Pasir Ris Cl, #02-341/342, Singapore 519599
Opening Hours: Sun-Thur: 11AM-11PM, Fri-Sat: 11AM-1PM
Telephone: 6581 0126
5. Khakabo – open 24 hours daily ($2/hour)
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Gamers are sure to be familiar with backaches, strained necks and stiff shoulders after a long gaming session. If you constantly suffer from these, give Khakabo a try – they offer individual sofa seats that are so comfy, you’ll feel like you’re sitting on clouds.
For only $2/hour, you get a clean and cosy environment to grind rank in games such as League of Legends (LOL) and many more.
Their screens are massive at 32-inch so they’re also great for watching movies but most importantly, they’re open for 24 hours every single day of the week so you won’t have to worry about having to cut your sessions short.
Address: 175 Bencoolen Street, #01-58, Burlington Square, Singapore, 189649
Opening Hours: Daily 24 Hours
Telephone: 8128 0922
6. Panda Q Cyber Cafe – high-tech setups (from $3/hour)
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Panda Q Cyber Cafe is a tech geek’s dream come true with its transparent CPUs – the bright neon blue fans make them super eye-catching.
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Play games like League of Legends (LOL), PUBG, Blackshot, Overwatch, DOTA 2 and more at this futuristic-looking place for only $3/hour at the common area if you’re not a member. If you absolutely can’t stand lag or are grinding important rank games, pay $1 more for a computer that uses water-cooling to maximise performance.
Address: Junction 10, 1 Woodlands Road, 01-24, 677899
Opening Hours: Sun-Thur 12PM-1AM, Fri-Sat 12PM-2AM
Telephone: 6679 1892
7. Big-O Gaming Cafe – operating for over 13 years (from $1/hour)
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If you started gaming when Maplestory and Dota were in their budding years, you’ll most likely know of Big-O Gaming Cafe. It’s one of the oldest LAN shops in Singapore and has been around for more than 13 years.
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Charging only $2 for the first hour and $1 for each subsequent hour, this OG place is one of the cheapest in Singapore. Get a full day package at $15 if you’re looking to burn the midnight oil here.
Games available here include Left 4 Dead 2, Battlefield, and many other popular titles which are all listed outside the shop – you can do a quick scan to ensure that they have what you want before entering.
Address: 35 Selegie Road, #02-24, Parklane Shopping Centre, Singapore, 188307
Opening Hours: Daily 11AM-6AM
Telephone: 6883 0140
Cheap LAN shops in Singapore
While nothing can beat the comforts of home, LAN shops can be a great alternative if you can’t afford an expensive setup of your own, or if you can’t game into the night because you might disturb your family members.
Plus, they’re a real lifesaver when your computer or internet is down, and aren’t that pricey either.