Praise be to Allaah.
I think that it is not permissible to play such games in this place that has been prepared for performance of prayers and has been rented by this good person. Undoubtedly these games in which there is no benefit are a waste of valuable time that should be used to acquire beneficial knowledge and spent in dhikr, du‘aa’, worship and earning income by permissible means. Bu if it is known that if they did not play these games they would go to something worse than that, such as theatres or places with dancing and music, where they would see scantily dressed women, indecent movies and so on, then it is permissible for them to keep busy with these games which will distract them from sin and evil, and the causes of fitnah (temptation). Some kinds of evil are less serious than others. But they should not do that in this place that has been prepared for prayer; rather they should go back to their homes or to places where such games are appropriate, such as cafes and parks and so on. And Allah knows best. End quote.