Arcade Gaming

Our arcade partner “Game Saru” is returning for FanimeCon 2022 as our freeplay arcade area provider! From the latest & popular Japanese racing and rhythm games to the classic “candy cabinets,” and even some American retro classics, we will have it all!

The arcade machine list will be posted on Game Saru’s social media outlets – FanimeCon Gaming will share that post on our accounts once it is live!

Connect with Game Saru:

Interested in working with us for arcade cabinet presentations and/or events? E-mail us at to begin a conversation!

We are also seeking an Arcade department leadership team, tournament organizers, and staffers for FanimeCon 2023 and beyond! If interested, please email and let us know why you’re interested in leading the Arcade department. (Please do follow up during the summer months, as response times are impacted during off-season)

Arcade Tournaments

Tournament organizers NorCal World Order (NcWO) and local DDR organizers are also returning with community tournaments! Complete event details are on the following Facebook event pages: 

Pump It Up tournament series, presented by NcWO

  • All three (3) events are on Saturday / Day 2
  • Lower Division – 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Freestyle – 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Upper Division – 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Dance Dance Revolution tournament series

  • Saturday, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Important Notice – Community tournament organizers, Game Saru, and FanimeCon Staff ask all rhythm players to perform safe movement and actions. We reserve the right to stop any unsafe movement or actions, and remove participants in the interest of safety.

Arcade Area Rules

Please follow the Gaming Hall Rules & Code of Conduct. FanimeCon Staff & Game Saru reserve the right to modify the rules at any time, in the interest of safety.

  • Please also follow rules and regulations from Game Saru’s signage.
  • Only sealed containers are allowed in the Arcade Area
    • If you must have a bite of food or medication, please do so outside the area. 
  • If a line develops for an arcade game, please limit your game sessions to one round or session.
  • Do not conduct any unsafe movements or actions on any arcade game. This includes during the tournaments.
    • Game Saru employees and FanimeCon Staff reserve the right to stop anyone from conducting unsafe movements. 
  • In the event of a malfunction or non-optimal arcade cabinet, please alert the Game Saru Ops desk or flag a FanimeCon staffer. 
    • Please DO NOT attempt to fix the problem.