About us


Fortress is the ultimate games culture and experiences company, creating awe-inspiring destinations.

The first venue of its kind, Fortress Melbourne is a multi-level complex spanning over 2,500 square metres. Followed shortly after by Fortress Sydney in 2023, home to 100s of playable devices and interactive experiences. 

Together with gaming, entertainment and lifestyle partners, Fortress delivers online and in-person programs that connect thousands of Australians through games. These include; open experiential activations, community focused social events, professional esports tournaments and broadcast productions.


Fortress Melbourne is located in the city on the Lower Ground level of Emporium Melbourne.

Fortress Sydney is located in the city on Level 2 of Central Park Mall, Chippendale.

Find Us

Fortress is open 7 days a week.

Our opening hours are available here.

The Home of Games is for players of all ages, however, as a licensed venue there is a non-negotiable Under-18s Policy for patrons.

Under-18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. No minors are permitted unaccompanied.

Accompanied minors are permitted to enter the venue until 7PM each day, and must leave before 8PM.

View our Minors Policy here

Whilst we allow bookings for groups of 6+ (click here), we keep the majority of the bar free for walk-ins. We should be able to seat you immediately, otherwise there’d only be a small wait.

We encourage you to still swing by as same day walk-in guests are always welcome.

Yes! Entry to Fortress is always 100% FREE.

However, occasionally there are areas of the venue that may require a ticket or booking.

Absolutely not. There is lots to enjoy. Hanging out in The Tavern is a great way to spend a Friday night!

Eat hearty meals in The Tavern. Play arcade games. Hire some board games on an easy Wednesday afternoon. Listen to live music on Friday nights. Adventure with friends in a Dungeons & Dragons session. Watch a live esports event in the Alienware Arena. Crush out Call of Duty victories in the PC Telstra Lounge. Get a high score on a pinball machine. Crack open a bottle of Golden Horn Mead.

That’s just a few suggestions!

Certainly not! Fortress has something for everyone, from beginners to pros.

In fact, you don’t have to play games at all when you come to Fortress. Many of our regulars love to eat and drink in the Tavern, seeing it as their “local”!

No, Alienware has provided top-tier peripherals for everyone to use! We also clean and sanitise everything between every use! If you don’t wanna play with a keyboard and mouse we also have XBOX controllers you can use if that’s more your style! 

Yes, we want to share our love of gaming with people of all ages! Fortress has a minors policy in place to make sure that everyone can enjoy our venue, regardless of age. Children under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by a guardian at all times. Please note that after 8PM we do not allow minors in the venue.

Keep up to date with us on socials or hang out with the Fortress community on Discord. Everyone is welcome!

No, full access to our games libraries is included in your PC Pass or hire of VIP Booths. There are plenty of guest accounts available, which means you can enjoy top releases without needing your own account or to own the title.

You can also log into your own PC game accounts if you wish, or BYO board games. You cannot use personal games/accounts on consoles in VIP Booths.

View our current opening hours here.

Yes! Everyone is allowed to bring their own tabletop & board games to Fortress.


Fortress is designed to be wheelchair accessible across all levels of both venues from our streamer pods to the bathrooms, even the Alienware Arena stage!

You can view all experiences and book via this page.

Check out the huge venue spaces by exploring here.

You can view any opportunities to join our team via the careers page.


Please reach out here via hi@fortress.games – we can’t wait to hear from you.

Yes, we run games events both in-person and online for all skill levels – including competitions for board games and tabletop games.

View our latest events here.

No. Fortress is a licensed venue, we are unable to allow outside food and drinks in the venue.

Fortress is a cashless venue. We accept credit cards, debit cards and digital forms of payment, through your smartphone or our POS system.

Fortress applies a 15% surcharge to ensure our valued team members receive special rates for working on these days. This allows them to continue providing a fun and safe environment for everyone to enjoy without cutting corners.

So don’t worry – your contribution is helping to support the awesome team at Fortress. And with free entry and plenty of activities to choose from, you’re sure to have a great time no matter what.

Due to Fortress venues serving food and beverages in an indoor environment, only animals that meet the following criteria are permitted within the venue:
– Registered service animals
– Service animals in training
– Registered assistance animals
The service animal must wear their jacket and have their current accreditation or proof of training available upon request.

View our cosplay guidelines here.

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