GAME has been a staple of British and Irish high-street gaming for many years, but it looks like that could soon be a thing of the past. GAME, which also owns Gamestation, is closing around 300 of its 600 brick-and-mortar establishments, much to the consternation of gamers who prefer shopping off-line.
Not only will you no longer be able to ogle and fondle video games’ cases, which after all can be found at most electronics/entertainment shops and some supermarkets, but more importantly accessories and even games consoles themselves will no longer be as readily available to have a play with or at least get a look at. Of course online shopping has a significant change-your-mind period, but for many it won’t be the same.
The second-hand market is also likely to suffer, though at least more traditional retailers like HMV now accept pre-owned games and hardware. However, in general other retail chains don’t stock or buy-back either as many titles or as diverse a selection of peripherals.
2,104 of the roughly 6000 UK GAME employees have also already lost their jobs. So it’s bad news all-round for gamers, game publishers, peripheral makers and the already stressed economy. However, there is still a chance the brand will survive, as several buyers have apparently expressed interest in a trimmed-down, leaner and meaner GAME. Among them is American giant GameStop, which would nicely complete the game-in-the-name triumvirate.