GAME closes stores and concessions, 250 jobs lost

26 February 2010

Piping hot super news from the girls and boys at Dealspwn, sat over there on the other side of the office, behind the cheese plants.

GAME are to close 43 of their stores and concessions stands because of poor Christmas trading. Twelve GAME outlets, six GameStation shops and 25 Debenhams concessions will be shut. The decision has been due to sales over the Christmas period plummeting by 18 per cent. Nearly 250 jobs will be lost in the closures.

[Dealspwn] via VG247

TOPICS:   Games


  • Matt B.
    "The decision has been due to sales over the Christmas period plummeting by 18 per cent." Yeah, not the fact they consistently hiked prices higher than anywhere else on the High Street and never matched their website.
  • PewPewPewLasers
    Serves them right for being so fucking expensive really!
  • Who ?.
    a bit of a joke really, even with 18% drop in sales, i bet their profits were still more than any other independant.
  • Nobby
    So just like Borders. Bye bye.
  • Junkyard
    That's pretty dumb, it's not going to be Christmas again for ages.
  • Lee
    GOOD. Serves them right for being so overpriced! I still find it bizzare that there are still two Game shops in most towns after they took over EB, and now they own gamestation as well that has just become a carbon copy of Game.
  • Nobby
    @ Lee I think that is down to their lease contracts. They either leave the store empty and pay rent, or keep it on and pay rent.
  • matt
    @nobby totally correct they will pay say 100k a year for a tiny shop, if it loses 40k when open then thats a better result
  • DX
    Wow I find it quite surprising, whenever I visit all of my local Game and Gamestation stores they're always busy. Then again, their prices are pretty high. Basically RRP for most stuff.
  • Mike
    I literally can't remember the last time I bought anything from Game. I occasionally pop in and browse, but £45 for a PS3 game when it's available online for £30 makes me walk out.
  • FR
    Surely "Game Over" would have been a better headline?
  • LanceVance
    Overpriced secondhand games also. They are still selling COD4 for 29.99 s/h.
  • myiphoneisbroken
    I occasionally pick up a bargain in game - mainly cheap blus or ps2 games (singstars, shadow of the colossus for a fiver etc), but agreed, generally overpriced. The logic over the EB takeover/rent meaning 2 stores is good - but that was like 10 years ago now - surely the contracts wouldnt be that long?
  • Nathan
    @FR +1
  • KJ
    "over sales at Christmas" wtf do they expect with prices so much higher than online retailers, no one is going to want to spend £10-£15 more on a game they can just order at home and wait for it to be delivered. HMV is going to be next, prices are higher than their own web store!! These companies really don't expect people to do a price comparison and just expect sales purely because its a season holiday? This wouldn't have happened if they bothered to be more competitive with their prices. The only sad thing about this article is that loads of people will loose their jobs in such harsh times.
  • jesua
    Crappy prices they dress like slobs, are total morons, shop is disgusting and prices high yes, im sure people are flocking in
  • Cooki2222
    # Posted by LanceVance | February 26th, 2010 at 7:23 pm Overpriced secondhand games also. They are still selling COD4 for 29.99 s/h. Amm its £19.99 in all 3 games i went into
  • Amanda H.
    Oh woops, My local town centre is shop fitting for Game as we speak. Not too late to change it to a kfc mr builders.
  • dunfyboy
    Like everyone else, I'm not surprised and I won't miss them. Game, WH Smith, Currys, Comet - they're all the same. They charge full price most of the time, knowing that they'll get sales from mums & dads who don't/won't shop online or poor old gran getting fleeced every Christmas. More and more gamers are in their 20s, 30s and 40s, are net savvy and know buying a game online will save them money without some Nigerian getting their bank details or their email getting inundated with all the world's porn. I feel sorry for the people that will lose their jobs, but Game can fuck off as far as I'm concerned.
  • jeux g.
    jolie post , merci pour l'info
  • Old g.
    As an ex-GAME employee, I feel sorry for everyone losing their jobs. Despite what people may think of the staff in GAME, some of them are very dedicated enthusiasts and hard-workers. People who don't like GAME for their pricing - don't shop there. Unfortunately, while I was working there it was confirmed to me through the medium of awful training that gamers and people who shop around are NOT in the target demographic. I refused to do a weekly training exercise that involved stereotyping customers based on appearance and constantly complained at the lack of product knowledge training. I don't shop there now, apart from the branches I can get discount.
  • andy
    as an existing employee this comes as a bit of a shock - have been in this particular boat before and I can tell you it's not fun. For those of you who come into the store and then moan about the prices that are more expensive than on the website do me a favour and just buy it on the net - we really don't care!!!! I'm so sick of you moaning bastards!!!!
  • magellan S.
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  • Forex C.
    I was not really surprised with the closure of the stores. It was bound to come sooner or later.
  • Steve
    Everyone posting here needs to think with their heads and not just their pocketbook. Obviously the value-add provided by an actual retail store (with actual space, inventory, and people) comes at a cost. Buying online is fine if you are an educated consumer but unfortunately, especially with game consumers, this is not the case with the vast majority of consumers out there.

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