Game Over: Not!

Posted on March 2, 2015

In a tough blow for a great local business, Game Room Essentials has been forced to close by the Port Adelaide Enfield Council, effective immediately. In short, a Council inspection found fire hazards and other unnamed safety concerns; the proprietor, Danny Daly, offered to work with the Council to improve the venue but his pleas went unheard. The full story is has been reported by Adelaide Now and Channel 9 News.

The council’s concerns are certainly valid but there are several aspects to the story that make it pretty tragic. Danny has been in business for 18 months following a redundancy from Holden, and made it through the theft of $30,000 worth of pinball machines. Anyone who has started a business from scratch knows how hard it is to get going from a standing start, and this kind of bombshell is just devastating.

This is a highly successful business, as well. It was hailed as a top attraction by Trip Advisor, and with nearly 5,000 likes on Facebook its impact on the community is clear. The outpouring of support from this community is also good evidence for its value, with many citing it as as a positive, healthy, and affordable entertainment option for kids. It also helps to keep the culture of the Golden Age of Gaming alive, and those of us with a few grey hairs now have a place to relive the experience of playing pinballs or arcade machines in a genuine arcade environment, and even share that experience with the next generation.

The Facebook post announcing the sad news

The Facebook post announcing the sad news

It’s times like this that communities need to come together to support a business that has provided such a great service through some tough times. One of Danny’s top priorities is looking after his customers, and he is shattered that he’s had to disappoint some already. Game Truck Australia wants to help by offering the following:
  • A transfer of any of Game Room Essentials’ 2-hour bookings into a Game Truck Australia party – this means a saving of over $140. The drawback is that the Truck can only fit 16 players rather than GRE’s 60, but the bonus is that it comes to your house.
  • For any potential patrons who were planning on booking a party at Game Room Essentials, you can book at two-hour party for the 90-minute price (a saving of $100)

If you want to take advantage of this opportunity just call Chad on 0433 318 001 or email

There are lots of other possibilities that we would like to work with Danny on, such as exploring a short-term Renew Adelaide lease, looking for new premises, starting a crowd funding campaign to help through this tough time, and linking into the Adelaide business community for support. So if you have any ideas or comments please shout out in the comments section below!

Update: Danny has just announced a crowd funding campaign via Indiegogo; check it out below and support it any way you can, either financially or by spreading the word. Visit the campaign page at and do your bit to help this great business survive. Even better, you can pre-book an awesome event at their new premises.

2 Replies to "Game Over: Not!"

  • Steve Amstari
    March 2, 2015 (7:45 pm)

    Thanks for spreading the word!
    I was there when the Game Truck came to Gameroom Essential, it was awesome.

    • Chad Habel
      March 9, 2015 (3:42 am)

      Hey no probs, Danny does great work and needs the support. So great that you remember the Truck! I hope that there will be space in the new GRE location to have the truck at another event :)

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