Opening a bar

The Meltdown franchise

A friendly theme bar bringing all gaming enthusiasts together since 2012.

“Since day one and in every new bar we open, we've been cultivating a unique vision : a place to meet, discover and share with new people; Meltdown allows gamers around the world to live their passion in a bar designed for them.

Esports aren't a fad, they're a social phenomenon that has revolutionized the way we see videogames.
Today you have a chance of being a part of it all.”

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  • A futuristic decor

  • A festive atmosphere

  • Original cocktails

  • Passionate staff

  • A tight-knit community

  • Inter-bar tournaments

  • The best of esports

Our benefits

Passionate about gaming and dream of becoming an entrepeneur?
Join the ever-growing Meltdown family and open your own esports bar now!

Benefit from the exclusive advantages our network has to offer to empower your business.

  • Know-how

    Since 2012, we've been succesfully opening esports bars. We made the mistakes so you can avoid them. We've cracked it, and now we're sharing it all with you.

  • Partners

    We bff'ed the biggest names in the industry (game publishers, gaming brands, etc.) So we can put at your disposal a network of trustworthy and recognized partners to skyrocket your hype.

  • Influencers

    We bring the best influencers to your events and rely on world-class ambassadors to promote the brand.

  • Tools

    Meltdown develops and constantly improves key tools that make a difference: esports-focused crm, gamified website and mobile app, top tier graphic designs...

  • Hardware

    Benefit from cool stuff from our partners to equip your bar and offer prizes to your community.

  • Brand

    Associate with the brand that pioneered in the esports bar industry and gets insta-loved by every gamer and his dog.

How to become a franchisee?

  1. bubble-contract

    Contact form sent
    We review your application
    ~ 48h

  2. bubble-like

    Positive answer - videoconf
    You search for a venue, secure a loan, sign our disclosure document
    ~ 1-2 months

  3. bubble-handshake

    Signature of the agreement
    You start the building works and interior design with our assistance
    ~ 2-3 months

  4. bubble-joystick

    Your bar looks gorgeous!
    Training and final preps
    ~ 1 month

  5. bubble-confetti

    Opening night!

Standard requirements

  • 65 000 € personal funds available

  • City with over 80 000 inhabitants

  • A true passion for gaming

How much does the franchise cost?

  • 20 000 € Entry fee

  • 7% of gross revenue every month after the opening

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Meltdown in the world


Joining the Meltdown franchise feels like being part of a big family. We share a same enthusiasm for this business, and all understand the kind of esports bars people need.

Want a different and unique bar for your town? Meltdown Esports Bars really are your best option.

Enrique, Meltdown Madrid

While gaming alone sometimes feels anonymous and lonesome, Meltdown’s ambiance connects people on a personal level. Ever met someone at a party who shared your passion and you immediately liked her?

At Meltdown, this happens on a daily basis. It’s almost impossible to go to Meltdown without making new friends.

Andreas, Meltdown Cologne

Meltdown is first and foremost a human adventure that allowed me to meet exceptional people!

Rémi, Meltdown Montpellier

Esports and gaming fans without solid experience in the field, we wanted to create a friendly and festive space for a community as well as the larger public to gather, far away from the usual stereotypes surrounding geeks and gamers.

Meltdown helped us to set up this project by allowing us to use their network and know-how.

Michaël, Meltdown Marseille

The staff

They'll assist you all the way through your project (and beyond).


He will guide you and will be by your side during all the steps you take, from your first contact to your entry into the system.


He is your privileged interlocutor and will help you to integrate the network all along your Meltdown adventure.


A bar expert, he will provide your training and will be with you at the opening. He will listen and help resolve your problems on a day-to-day basis.

Frequently asked questions

Did you not find an answer to your question? Contact us and quickly get the information you need.

  • Why ask for a personal investment of 65 000 euros ?

    Great question! But it's simple math: it takes a minimum of 200,000 euros to open a decent esports bar that's well located, well renovated and adequately equipped. Depending on your city, it can also be much more! For such a project, with a good application, the bank usually lends up to twice the amount of personal investment – hence the third of the amount asked for, that is 65 000 euros.

  • Is this sum compulsory ?

    Depending on the local costs of labor, equipment already in your possession, or any other parameters, this sum may be adjusted. However, it remains strongly recommended to secure this amount to ensure that the project is carried out with confidence and and overall ezpz-ness. Generally, the higher the personal contribution, the more feasible the project is (much like everything in life, but you figured this, right?)

  • I don't have the total of the required sum, but I would like to find a partner or an investor who can complete the rest. May I still write to you ?

    Sure thing! We can most certainly put you in touch with a potential partner that matches your criteria (experience, skills, desired city, etc.). However, you will probably need 20 000€ of above-mentioned personal investment if you want to catch the attention of any potential associate.

  • If my application is incomplete or unsatisfying, will my application be definitively rejected ?

    No, you will receive recommandations on how to complete your application in the best manner. Once you're done, you're free to try again! You've got like, infinite lives.

  • There's already a Meltdown bar open in the city I wish to open a bar, can I still apply ?

    Yes! New opportunities can arise, or we can sort it out together and choose the best way to pull this off.

  • What material do you provide us with ?

    We are constantly changing our number of partners as the network grows. The list of partners available at the moment can be provided by email on request.

  • Can I open a Meltdown bar in any country ?

    Tell us where, and if your project looks solid, we will give it a shot.

  • Why don't I open my own independant esports bar instead of a Meltdown?

    Opening a franchised bar is like being part of a family and having the reassuring support of experts who have overcome the challenges you're about to face. It means having a framework, methods and tools that have proven themselves. It also saves time that would otherwise be spent looking for local or national partners, promoting your brand or even fixing simple but costly mistakes that come in the way of any ambitious project. You'll always be up to date, relying on a team that ensures the sustainability of the concept and the brand while maintaining great flexibility. None of these benefits are absolutely necessary to open an esports bar, but their cumulative benefit, based on team work, experience and creativity, is an asset that we believe is invaluable to stack the odds in your favor. Plus, everyone thinks we're cool!