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GAME Group closes 277 stores

GAME Group closes 277 stores

GAME Group's administrator, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, has closed 277 of the company's 609 stores - chiefly among its Gamestation brand.

The initial casualty list for the GAME Group's administration has been released, with a grand total of 277 stores - largely Gamestation-brand - being closed in order to raise funds to save the remaining 332.

The store closures, which come as PriceWaterhouseCoopers manage GAME Group's administration, will result in 2,104 direct job losses. These figures do not count redundancies at third-party companies who work in partnership with GAME Group, and who will find their services in far smaller demand as a result.

The store closures are effective immediately, with hastily hand-drawn signs being applied to locked doors even before the list was confirmed by industry watcher Retail Week (paid subscription required.)

It is not currently known what is to happen to the stock at the closed stores, which have been locked with all items still visible on the shelves. It's possible the stock will be shuffled to still-open stores, or sold to rivals at wholesale in an attempt to clear older titles which are unlikely to sell well at retail.

News of the closures come as GAME management post a list of trading restrictions to the company's Facebook page which makes for sober reading for anyone who has a pre-order outstanding. In the announcement, GAME's management state that refunds or exchanges outside those mandated by statutory rights will not be accepted, refunds for pre-orders will not be given, GAME Reward Card points, gift cards and GAMEwallet balances cannot be redeemed, software trade ins will only be accepted in exchange for goods rather than cash, and pre-owned hardware will not be accepted for trade-in at all.

The full list of store closures is reproduced below. As expected, Gamestation is worst hit with PWC all but sacrificing the brand in order to save GAME. With 332 stores still open, expect further closures in the near future.

Abergavenny
Unit 3 Cibi Walk, Frogmore Street Accrington
29 Broadway
Aintree
Comet
Altrincham
97 George Street
Andover
49 High Street
Antrim
Unit 42, Junction One Outlet Centre
Ashford
18 County Square
Ashington
12 Station Road, Ashington Ashton
Unit 28, The Arcade
Athlone
Unit 44 Athlone Town Centre
Aylesbury
Units 36-37, Friars Sq. Shopping Centre
Ballymena
Unit 15 Fairhill Shopping Centre
Banbury
4B Castle Quay Shopping Centre
Bangor NI
9 Bloomfield Centre
Barking
Unit 17 Vicarage Fields Shopping
Barnet
Unit 10 The Spires Shopping Centre
Barnsley
32 Market Street
Barnstaple
30 High Street
Barrow In Furness
Unit 26, Portland Walk
Basildon
84 Town Square
Basingstoke
3 Mayfair House
Bath
SU7 St Lawrence Street, Southgate Centre
Beckton
19 Gallions Reach, 3 Armada Way
Belfast
Unit 55 Castle Court Shopping Centre, Belfast Belfast (Conns)
Unit 20, Connswater Centre
Belfast (Forestside)
Unit 12, Forestside Shopping Centre, Upper Galway
Birkenhead
35-37 Milton Pavement, Grange Precinct
Birmingham
Unit 52, The Pallasades
Birmingham
138 New Street
Birmingham Fort
Unit 3a The Fort Shopping Park
Bishop Auckland
59 Newgate Street
Blackburn
Unit 7 Victoria Court, The Mall
Blackpool
Unit 19, Houndshill Shopping Centre
Blanchardstown
Unit 112, Blanchardstown Town Centre
Bluewater
LO42 Lower Thames Walk, Bluewater
Bolton
37 Newport Street
Bootle
Unit 7, 63 Parkside, Strand Shopping Centre
Boston
23 Strait Bargate
Bournemouth
Unit 4, Avenue Centre, Commercial Road
Bournemouth
49 Commercial Street
Bracknell
39 Princess Square
Bradford
Unit 2, The Broadway
Bradford
4-6 Darley Street
Brent Cross
Unit B15, Brent Cross Shopping Centre
Bridgend
12/14 Adare Street
Bridlington
Unit 11 The Promenades
Brighton
69 Western Road
Bristol
SU16 Cabots Circus, Broadmead Bromley
68-68A High Street
Burnley
68/70 St James Street
Burton on Trent
7 Underhill Walk
Bury
20 Princess Parade
Buxton
Unit 13, Spring Gardens
Camden
124 Camden High Street
Cannock
6 Market Hall Street
Canterbury
14 High Street
Cardiff
92 Queen Street
Chatham
152 High Street
Cheltenham
100 High Street
Chester
39 Foregate Street
Chesterfield
22 Vicar Lane Shopping Centre (10 Vicar Lane)
Chiswick
350 High Road
Cirencester
26, Cricklade Street
Clacton on Sea
20-22 Station Road
Colchester
3 Shewell Walk, (Unit 13 The Culver Centre)
Coleraine
16 Kingsgate Street
Collierswood
Unit 9a Tandem Centre, Christchurch Road Congleton
45-47 High Street
Cork
6 Mahon Point, Cork
Cork
66 Patrick Street, , Cork, Eire,
Coventry
Unit 22, West Orchards Centre, Smithford Way
Cowley
107 Pound Way, Templars Square Shopping Centre Cramlington
4 Dudley Court
Crawley
Unit 8, County Mall
Crawley
10-12 The Martlets
Crewe
Unit 7, The Market Centre
Croydon
98/99 Whitgift Centre
Croydon (Purley Way)
Comet
Cumbernauld
Unit 29, Antonine Shopping Centre, Tryst Road Dewsbury
12 Longcauseway
Doncaster
43/44 Market Place
Dorchester
55 South Street
Dublin
2 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Eire,
Dublin
Unit 18, Ilac Centre, Dublin 1
Dublin (Dundrum)
Unit 10, Level 3, Dundrum Centre, Dublin
Dublin (Dundrum)
Hamleys Dundrum
Dublin (Liffey)
Unit 37, Liffey Valley Centre, Clondalkin, Dublin,
Dudley
7 Churchill Parade
Dudley (Merry Hill)
Unit L87, Merry Hill Shopping Centre
Dumbarton
77/79 High Street
Dundee
40 Murraygate
Dunstable
6-8 Nicholas Way, Quadrant Shopping Centre, Dunstable, LU6 1TD
Durham
Unit SU40, Land Of The Prince Bishops Shopping Centre
East Ham
111 High Street North
East Kilbride
5 The Olympia, Town Centre
Edinburgh
127 Princes Street
Edinburgh (Leith)
Unit RU4, Ocean Terminal
Ellesmere Port
18 Mercers Walk
Enfield
37 Church Street
Enniskillen
Unit 23, Erneside Shopping Centre
Evesham
Unit 16, Riverside Centre
Exeter
SU19 Princeshay
Falkirk
Unit 34, Howgate Centre
Fleet
16 Hart Centre
Gainsborough
Unit 13b, Marshalls Yard, Gainsborough Galashiels
Unit 8 Douglas Bridge, Galashiels Galway
5 Eglington Street
Glasgow
Unit L3/22 , Buchanan Galleries
Glasgow
Hamleys Glasgow
Glasgow
146 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow
83 Sauchiehall Street
Glenrothes
42 Unicorn Way
Gloucester
16 Kings Walk
Grantham
53 High Street
Great Yarmouth
Unit 10 Market Gates Shopping Centre
Gretna
Unit 53, Gretna Outlet Village
Grimsby
24 Victoria Street West
Halesowen
38 Hagley Mall, Cornbow Centre, Halesowen Halifax
12 Woolshops
Hanley
Unit F, The Potteries, Hanley
Hanley
214-215 The Potteries
Harlow
8 Broad Walk, Harlow Harrogate
2D Cheltenham Parade
Harrow
68-70 St. Anns Road
Hartlepool
92 Middleton Grange Shopping Centre
Hastings
19 Queens Road
Hemel Hempstead
Unit 201, The Marlowes Shopping Centre
Hemel Hempstead
Unit 12, The Marlowes Shopping Centre
Hereford
56 Commercial Street
High Wycombe
16 Church Street
Hounslow
Unit 13, The Treaty Centre, High Street
Hull
Unit G46, Princes Quay
Huyton
Unit 5 Cavendish Walk, Derby Road, Huyton Hyde
8 The Square, Hyde
Ilford
172 - 174 High Road
Inverness
6-8 Ingliss Street
Jarrow
25 Viking Precinct, Jarrow Kensington
185 High Street
Kettering
27 Gold Street
Kidderminster
82 Worcester Street
Kingston
64-66 Clarence Street
Lakeside
Unit 282 Lakeside Shopping Centre
Lancaster
Unit 15, Ashton Walk, St. Nicholas Arcade
Leamington Spa
83 Parade
Leeds
50-52 Albion Street
Leeds
18 Kirkgate
Leeds (Birstall)
Unit 8b Birstall Shopping Park
Leeds (Crossgates)
58 Crossgates Shopping Centre Leeds (Crown Point)
Unit 5b Crown Point Retail park
Leicester
42 Granby Street
Lewisham
68 Lewisham Centre
Limmerick
Unit 11A, Cruises Street, Limerick, Eire,
Lincoln (Valentine)
Unit 2a Valentine Retail Park
Lisburn
6 Bow Street
Lisburn
Unit A10, Bow St. Mall
Liverpool
Unit 43/44 Clayton Square Shopping Centre
Liverpool
Unit 44, South John Street Llandudno
46 Mostyn Street
Llanelli
Unit 1, Llanelli Shopping Centre
Long Eaton
10 Market Place
Lowestoft
43 London Road North
Luton
142-144 Andale Centre
Luton
39 George Street
Macclesfield
25 Mill Street
Maidenhead
75 Queens Walk, The Nicholson Centre
Maidstone
351 Chequers Centre
Manchester
Unit L16 Arndale Centre
Manchester
Unit 59, Arndale Centre
Manchester (Trafford)
124 Peel Centre, Trafford Centre
Mansfield
38A Westgate
Meadowhall
Unit 29, High Street, Meadowhall Shopping Centre Meadowhall
Unit 52, High Street, Meadowhall Centre
Melton Mowbray
14-15 Market Place, Melton Mowbray Merthyr Tydfill
4 Graham Way, Tydfils Shopping Centre
Merthyr Tydfill
Unit 3 Beacons Place Shopping Centre
Metrocentre
Unit 112 Lower blue hall, Metro Centre
Middlesbrough
108 Linthorpe Road
Middleton
G14 Middleton Shopping Centre
Milton Keynes
Unit SU 10, Midsumer Place
Monaghan
Unit 27 Monaghan Shopping Centre
Newark
9 St Marks Place
Newbury
63A North Brook Street
Newcastle
8 High Friars, Eldon Square
Newcastle
Fenwicks Concession
Newcastle
78 Grainger Street
Newport
13 Commercial Street
Newport Isle Of Wight
63 High Street
Newry
Unit 12A, Buttercrane Shopping Centre
North Finchley
776 High Road
North Shields
Comet
Northampton
17 Abingdon Street
Norwich
17 St Stephens Street
Norwich
3-4 Castle Mall Shopping Centre
Nottingham
Unit 2, 33 Listergate
Nuneaton
2A Market Place
Oldham
Unit 18, The Spindles Shopping Centre
Omagh
Unit 5, Main Street Development
Orpington
79 - 81 The Walnuts, Orpington, BR6 0TW
Perth
9 Scott Street
Peterlee
21 Yoden Way
Plymouth
81/83 New George Street
Portadown
Unit 6, High Street Mall
Portsmouth
7 Meadow Walk, Cascades Shopping Centre
Preston
8 Fishergate Centre
Preston
172 Friargate
Putney
Unit 28, Exchange Shopping Centre
Ramsgate
30 High Street
Reading
Unit 17 Oracle Shopping Centre
Redcar
Unit 8, Regent Centre
Rhyl
64 High St
Rochdale
54 Market Way
Rugby
45-46 Clocktower Centre
Runcorn
48 Forest Walk, Halton Lea Shopping Centre
Salisbury
11 High Street
Scarborough
112B Westborough
Scunthorpe
58 High Street
Sheffield
Unit 22/24, Fargate
Sheffield
37/41 The Moor
Shrewsbury
3-4 Castle Street
Skelmersdale
UNIT 27 Upper Mall, The Concourse Shopping Centre
Slough
N21 Curzon Mall, Queensmere Centre
Solihull
Comet
South Shields
89/91 King Street
Southampton
Unit SU8, West Quay Centre
Southampton
82 Above Bar Street
Southport
203 Lord Street
Speke
Comet
St Albans
Unit 32, The Maltings
Stafford
21 Gaolgate Street
Staines
54 High Street
Stevenage
64 Queensway
Stevenage
54 Queensway
Stirling
Unit 24, The Thistle Centre
Stockport
Comet
Stockton-on-Tees
Unit SU32, Wellington Square
Stockton-on-Tees
134B High Street
Stratford
88 The Mall
Stratford upon Avon
13 Town Square Shopping Centre
Sunderland
251 High Street
Sunderland
27 Blandford Street
Sutton
192 High Street
Sutton Coldfield
Unit SU7, New Hall Walk, Lower Sutton Parade
Swansea
12 Union Street
Swindon
9 Havelock Square, Brunel Shopping Centre
Swindon
7 Regent Sreet
Tallaght
Unit 307, The Square Tamworth
Unit 18, Ankerside
Taunton
47 North Street
Telford
Unit 6, 159 New Mall, Telford Shopping Centre
Telford
32 Sherwood Street, Telford Shopping Centre
Torquay
5 Union House
Truro
Unit 2, 4/6 Pyder Street
Uxbridge
13 Market Square
Victoria
10 Victoria Place, Buckingham Palace Road
Wakefield
17 Kirkgate
Walsall
42 Old Square Shopping Centre
Walthamstow
Unit 11A, Selbourne Centre
Wandsworth
61 South Mall, Wandsworth Shopping Centre
Warrington
46 The Mall
Washington
Unit 30 Albany Mall, The Galleries
Washington
26 Albany Mall
Welwyn Garden City
21 The Howard Centre
Wembley
458 High Road
West Belfast
Unit 4 Park Centre, Donegall Road
Weston Super Mare
85 High Street
Weymouth
Unit 5, Bond Street Centre
Wigan
23 Market Place
Winchester
106A High Street
Windsor
21 King Edward Court
Woking
4 Middle Walk
Wolverhampton
27 Dudley Street
Wood Green
83 High Road
Woolwich
112 Powis Street
Wrexham
42-43 Hope Street
Wythenshawe
18 The Birtles, Wythenshawe Yeovil
13-15 Vicarage Walk, Quedam Shopping Centre
York
Unit3, 5 Spurriergate

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Jake123456 27th March 2012, 10:45 Quote
"Walsall
42 Old Square Shopping Centre"

Was a crap Gamestation with crappy staff member attitudes anyway...Excuse my French..
steveo_mcg 27th March 2012, 10:47 Quote
I think thats the only Edinburgh City Center game gone, the games station closed the tail end of last year and ex EB store closed a while ago.
NuTech 27th March 2012, 10:59 Quote
Would love to see an industry analysis do a report on why GAME failed yet GameStop in the US is doing really well.

Was it prices? Maybe GameStop promotes used sales more than GAME? Or is it just easier to make a profit on a low-margin business model in the US?
r3loaded 27th March 2012, 11:00 Quote
"Manchester (Trafford)
124 Peel Centre, Trafford Centre"

Good, because they already have two Game stores in the Trafford Centre, both close to each other.
Fraze 27th March 2012, 11:02 Quote
Same goes for Swindon. 2 Game stores literally within 100m of each other, now one's gone it'll only help the other most likely.
steveo_mcg 27th March 2012, 11:03 Quote
Actually just remembered there is one in the shopping center at the east end of Princes Street. I wonder if this speaks to a point raised in an earlier thread, high street rents are simply unaffordable these days so shops tend to gravitate to malls. WH Smith did a similar thing a few years ago now its impossible to get a good selection of magazines in Edinburgh center.
Madness_3d 27th March 2012, 11:27 Quote
Interesting that both my local Game stores have shut but both the Gamestation stores have remained open. Popped into the closest Gamestation yesterday and they said they had just had a good quarter whereas the nearby Game was loosing money like a sieve.
3lusive 27th March 2012, 11:28 Quote
Im going into town now, will be interesting to see if my local ones have shut.
Jack_Pepsi 27th March 2012, 11:38 Quote
Couldn't give a rats that GAME & GameStation are closing. Yeah yeah, losing a job sucks multiple balls but GAME used to piss me off with their crap customer service and even crappier prices.

I'll be sure to flip the empty store off if I walk past it.
warejon9 27th March 2012, 12:01 Quote
Interesting, they closed both stores in bournemouth, but kept both stores in poole open (they're bout 500m apart)
Orca 27th March 2012, 12:28 Quote
There goes two of my local stores in that list. Wish I'd popped down to one of them earlier in the hopes of a bargain or something =/
Landy_Ed 27th March 2012, 12:36 Quote
I was in the Stirling Thistle store at the weekend to spend the remains of my game rewards on a DS game for my son, glad I did. Shame really, but the ground rent in the Thistles & surrounding area is apparently really high. Having said that, any time I was in either store, the Game one was always mobbed though the Gamestation around the corner generally just had a few folk hanging around chatting to the staff.
Pieface 27th March 2012, 12:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jack_Pepsi
Couldn't give a rats that GAME & GameStation are closing. Yeah yeah, losing a job sucks multiple balls but GAME used to piss me off with their crap customer service and even crappier prices.

I'll be sure to flip the empty store off if I walk past it.

They never forced you to shop their. Ever. Flip off an empty store? Bet you will feel like a bad man right? Even though thousands of people who never dealt with you just lost their job.

What a dick you are.
Niftyrat 27th March 2012, 13:07 Quote
Funny they closed the big game station in Birmingham yet kept the game open, that game station always seemed busy. Must be purely rental cost.

Can't say I am surprised the game station in cannock closed was now mostly used games with a very small selection of new and a pc might have lurked on a random shelf, pity though as the staff were friendly in there a few years back (bit young and loud now though for my tastes)
samkiller42 27th March 2012, 13:15 Quote
QFT there Pieface.

Quite surprised that both Game Stores near me have survived. I know Gamestation in Bognor closed because Game had a bigger store there, and Game took over the Gamestation Chichester store.
Same goes for the 3 stores in Portsmouth, Game had a store in the Cascades centre, and one on the high street, with a Gamestation just off the High Street.

I never did work out why Game group had multiple stores within a stones throw away from each other, Just doesn't make sense.

Sam
Blademrk 27th March 2012, 13:17 Quote
Looks like they're closing both the Game and Gamestation in my area (Merthyr). Shame Gamestation is going as that was the better store (the staff were pretty friendly and really helpful there, hopefully they'll be able to move onto bigger and better things). While it seems Cardiff retains at least 2 of the 3 Game stores (not sure if the Gamestation had closed previously).
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Originally Posted by Samkiller42
I never did work out why Game group had multiple stores within a stones throw away from each other, Just doesn't make sense.
And they wonder why they weren't making money.

Cardiff had a great store in the Middle of Queen street, 2 floors (lots of PC stuff upstairs), a Gamestation in the Arcade and an EB in the Middle of the Arcade.
First they bought out EB, re-branded it as a Game store, then the Gamestation (but left it as a GS).

Then they moved the original Game 200 yards down the street to a much smaller shop, moved the Gamestation down 2 units in St Davids Center (before closing it entirely I think, at least I don't remember it being there last time I went to Cardiff) and moved the the (EB) Game from St Davids Center 1 to St Davids Center 2 after the shopping center got expanded.
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Originally Posted by Orca

There goes two of my local stores in that list. Wish I'd popped down to one of them earlier in the hopes of a bargain or something =/

I had a quick look through the ones in Merthyr on Saturday, most of the new titles were at normal prices. saying that, I did manage to pick up a new copy of "Eye Pet & Friends" on the PS3 from Gamestation for my 8 yr old for £1.98 instead of £10 (he loved the first one), but that was the only really cheap game I noticed.

Oh, and Warhammer 40k Space Marine T-Shirts for £3 in Game.
Marvin-HHGTTG 27th March 2012, 13:28 Quote
Seems like the Gamestation in Maidstone is closing, about 6 months after it opened, whereas the Game store in Week Street is remaining open, despite the fact that it's smaller, less busy and probably has very similar rents (prime spot as opposed to a centre-of-town shopping centre that has reduced rents to remain competitive. Still very busy with lots of through-traffic though).
CopperX 27th March 2012, 13:35 Quote
If my memory serves me correctly, all of the ones in Leeds but the White Rose centre are shutting. Bit strange to be honest especially since Huddersfield has 1 Game and 1 GameStation here which I would have thought would have been shut.

Feel sorry for most of the staff but it's all GAME's fault. Poor medium-to-long-term strategies, poor vision and poor senior management within the business
The Infamous Mr D 27th March 2012, 14:04 Quote
I've often though Southampton was oversubscribed with GAME and GameStation stores in striking distance of each other (two being literally 100 metres from each other). Thankfully, the one I worked at on East Street is staying open. Huzzah!
MaverickSB 27th March 2012, 14:27 Quote
It won't help them by keeping stores open if they continue with their pricing strategy of full prices for games that have been out for 6+months. It is only a matter of time in my opinion till every store is shut for good and good riddance too I say, they don't deserve the loyalty they actually have from their customer base.
VaLkyR-Assassin 27th March 2012, 14:53 Quote
I'm annoyed they closed our local GAME, but kept Gamestation open. Since I buy PC games, and Gamestation haven't sold any in store since they were originally taken over by GAME, it means if they do ever have any sale, or continue in some form, I will have lost out anyway. All Gamestation ever has is shelves of pre-owned console games.
Jake123456 27th March 2012, 15:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Niftyrat
Funny they closed the big game station in Birmingham yet kept the game open, that game station always seemed busy. Must be purely rental cost.

Can't say I am surprised the game station in cannock closed was now mostly used games with a very small selection of new and a pc might have lurked on a random shelf, pity though as the staff were friendly in there a few years back (bit young and loud now though for my tastes)

Thats actually surprising...I always found Gamestation packed in Birmingham...
lacuna 27th March 2012, 15:40 Quote
As far as I can see there is no longer a game or gamestation in the north east. My guess is that the competition from Grainger Games is too strong
Jim 27th March 2012, 16:55 Quote
I know I'm being a bit picky, but there's no capital w in PwC, or PricewaterhouseCoopers. Looks a bit odd with the capital in there.
13eightyfour 27th March 2012, 17:48 Quote
i forgot the one they're shutting in lincoln even existed!! they're keeping the in town GAME and gamestation open though but i cant see either lasting long, the staff in that GAME have always been totally useless and uninterested in anything.

Its a shame for the gamestation though, the staff there are much better, really friendly and genuinely helpful, but since the CEX opened next door its been noticeably quieter.
TheManicGibbon 27th March 2012, 17:48 Quote
That's odd...I have a GAME and a Gamestation in my local shopping centre, literally no more than a minute's walk apart., yet both remain open. How odd...
SMIFFYDUDE 27th March 2012, 18:16 Quote
The Game in Oldham is shut but the Gamestation a minute walk away is still open.

The Spindles Shopping Centre is like a ghost town, it has so many empty shop spaces.
mattbailey 27th March 2012, 18:18 Quote
I have lost £10 in loyalty points - c'est le vie. I wanted use them to get Tropico 4 - Game price £19.99. Listed online for £9.97, at PC World and Curries! Where will I buy 'xxxxxx Sim?'

Sorry for those losing their job, but their prices were out of kilter with the market place! I suspect they will come back like Zavvi as an online only e-tailer.
Showerhead 27th March 2012, 19:12 Quote
Odd we still have three with in the same 1/4 mile stretch according to that list. Doesn't make much sense to me but at least those people will still have jobs.
Matticus 27th March 2012, 20:07 Quote
Strange that they haven't closed any in Peterborough (unless control+F failed), last time I checked we have two Games and one GameStation. One Game and the GameStation are not far from each other in the city centre, and the other Game is in the big Tesco shopping centre.

To be fair they are always pretty full, but given the scale of the troubles I would have expected at least one to go. At least it doesn't mean extra people out of work in the area.
Fused 27th March 2012, 22:01 Quote
Odd that in Crawley that the two Games have been announced closed (old EB and original Game) but the GameStation apparantly remains open. Guess it was the one with the cheapest rent (is the smallest). I have mixed feelings about their closures. Sad for the staff who now have no jobs, as a pc gamer the stores havent been much use to me for a long time, but for the odd console item and gifts. Will be odd to walk down the high street and not see them though.
holzj17 27th March 2012, 22:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fused
Odd that in Crawley that the two Games have been announced closed (old EB and original Game) but the GameStation apparantly remains open. Guess it was the one with the cheapest rent (is the smallest). I have mixed feelings about their closures. Sad for the staff who now have no jobs, as a pc gamer the stores havent been much use to me for a long time, but for the odd console item and gifts. Will be odd to walk down the high street and not see them though.

tbh i never really saw why they had two GAME stores in crawley? you could pretty much spit from one to the other they were that close!
Fused 27th March 2012, 22:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by holzj17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fused
Odd that in Crawley that the two Games have been announced closed (old EB and original Game) but the GameStation apparantly remains open. Guess it was the one with the cheapest rent (is the smallest). I have mixed feelings about their closures. Sad for the staff who now have no jobs, as a pc gamer the stores havent been much use to me for a long time, but for the odd console item and gifts. Will be odd to walk down the high street and not see them though.

tbh i never really saw why they had two GAME stores in crawley? you could pretty much spit from one to the other they were that close!

I was never sure why they kept two but the one inside the Mall was originally Electronic Boutique (I feel old now just saying that). We have some EB gameboy stuff somewhere....

Anyway why they didn't close it given the fact the one outside was larger and rent inside County Mall is suppose to be very high I'll never know. I think this may be the long drawn out effect of trying to keep too many stores running after EB and gamestations mergers. Still the Game stores in Crawley always seemed busy! One thing that has surprised me is that Blockbuster is still going! Never would of predicted Game would go before that (Heard rumours Blockbuster is in financial trouble though..)
jimmyjj 27th March 2012, 22:40 Quote
Feel sorry for people losing their jobs, that's never good.
ccxo 28th March 2012, 01:50 Quote
It would be interesting to know if the stores that have closed either have been underperforming or have had high rents as its not clear why some have gone and not others in the closures so far.
Pieface 28th March 2012, 02:29 Quote
Game in Chester and Ellesmere Port remains open, yet Gamestation in both these areas have shut. Surely keep one open of each.
Showerhead 28th March 2012, 03:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ccxo
It would be interesting to know if the stores that have closed either have been underperforming or have had high rents as its not clear why some have gone and not others in the closures so far.
I can only imagine it's based on individual stores profit/loss margins else why leave some towns with none and others with 3?
SexyHyde 28th March 2012, 06:31 Quote
just die already! i feel the upper management with no clue are geared up towards a smaller svelte setup, but i just dont think they realise they are responsible for this mess. and i think RBS will do what it can to keep it open in the vain hope it might get some money back.
my opinion is kill it quickly let some other company or enterprise set up shop and have a go at retail game distribution and if they are any good they'll create jobs with more of a future than now, after all everyone pretty much agrees that GAME corp are "not very good" and the only reason anyone seems to want to keep them open is for the minions.
Anneon 28th March 2012, 09:00 Quote
Falkirk
Unit 34, Howgate Centre

Game store with a cheaper HMW directly opposite.

Gamestation on the high street seems to have survived. Don't use either. Digital downloads with backups do me nicely. Not one for the boxes.
Gareth Halfacree 28th March 2012, 09:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Anneon
Digital downloads with backups do me nicely. Not one for the boxes.
Y'see, I'm the exact opposite: I miss the days of *proper* game boxes. Not these crappy DVD cases we have now, but huge cardboard things with plenty of room for tchotchkes. Take Frontier: Elite II, for example. The box for that came with a massive manual (disguised as a user's guide for your newly-acquired spaceship, and doubling as a code sheet for the DRM), 'gazeteer' with information on nearby star systems, a book of short stories set in the Elite universe, and a full-colour A2 star chart.

Bear in mind, that's not a "Collector's Edition" or otherwise 'limited' run I'm taking about there: that's what you got with the standard edition of the game, across all platforms.

Infocom was another great one. Leather Goddesses of Phobos: 3D comic book, 3D anaglyph glasses, scratch-and-sniff card (six panels, which you had to sniff at particular points of the game - a great way to add depth and another twist on DRM), and more. Pretty much every Infocom game came with this kind of bumph - it helped immerse the gamer in the world and provided another means of slowing piracy; if you wanted the full experience, you had to buy the game at retail.

These days, what do you get? A crappy plastic DVD case, the game disc, the increasingly common single-use scratch-off 'registration card,' and a three-page 'quick start guide.' That's if you're lucky: increasing numbers of games aren't coming with a manual at all.

Bring back big boxes, say I!
Bob1234 28th March 2012, 09:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
These days, what do you get? A crappy plastic DVD case, the game disc, the increasingly common single-use scratch-off 'registration card,' and a three-page 'quick start guide.' That's if you're lucky: increasing numbers of games aren't coming with a manual at all.

Bring back big boxes, say I!

Here Here.

I still remember a few years ago, the publishers were saying that they would be switching to the DVD box style and I laughed at a quote from some box packing union rep saying they would resist changes.
I see the resistance went well then.
Elton 28th March 2012, 09:57 Quote
Although not necessarily connected to America, I find this closing much more worrying just because of the amount of jobs that are being lost. On the other hand, the reason why the big boxes went out of phase was the sheer cost of it. Yes a 200+ Page manual was awesome (and frankly still is, CIV II anyone? Or hell, just any RTS' manual) but it was also extremely expensive. And especially given that printing costs are so much more now.

We could always make PDFs but with the rising commercialization of video games, we won't ever really see the return of the big boxes for video games. Admittedly I do miss my epic game manuals, tech trees, and just extra content (remember the Warcraft 3 manual? That thing had LORE amongst many other things inside it). But then again, they also do sell books.

While I would LOVE to have an epic return to the game boxes with just crap tons of content with the game, sadly I don't see it ever coming back. What I'd prefer however are games that are incredibly immersive.
derpooch 28th March 2012, 10:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by 13eightyfour
i forgot the one they're shutting in lincoln even existed!! they're keeping the in town GAME and gamestation open though but i cant see either lasting long, the staff in that GAME have always been totally useless and uninterested in anything.

Its a shame for the gamestation though, the staff there are much better, really friendly and genuinely helpful, but since the CEX opened next door its been noticeably quieter.

I didn't even realise there was another GAME store! Then again, I refuse to shop at the other one since the manager was being rather a tool towards me... Gotham Games and CEX seem much better to me.
modfx 28th March 2012, 12:45 Quote
They've got rid of 2 in Crawley which is probably a good thing. Never understood why we had 3 within 50 metres of each other. I'm glad they kept gamestation though, although it's sad they're out of a job, the staff in both the games were useless.
Woollster00 28th March 2012, 14:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by 13eightyfour
i forgot the one they're shutting in lincoln even existed!! they're keeping the in town GAME and gamestation open though but i cant see either lasting long, the staff in that GAME have always been totally useless and uninterested in anything.

Its a shame for the gamestation though, the staff there are much better, really friendly and genuinely helpful, but since the CEX opened next door its been noticeably quieter.

I didn't even realise there was another GAME store! Then again, I refuse to shop at the other one since the manager was being rather a tool towards me... Gotham Games and CEX seem much better to me.

Gotham games gamestion and game are all rip offs the only good thing about gotham games is you can sometimes pick up some rare stuff otherwise the pawnshop on the high street is better nearly every ps2 title for £1 and every console and accessory in history pretty much
Andy Mc 30th March 2012, 09:27 Quote
OK.... So they have closed my local Game in Cirencester. However in Worcester both the Game and Gamestation are safe?
I can also see that Swindon has had 2 of the 3 Game branded stores close. I'd love to know their logic behind the choice in store closures. Personally I'd have made sure that all towns/cities where there are multiple outlets in close proximity to each other were closed to ensure that thier was less competition for the remaining store and that it would mean a chance of keeping a presence in other places with just a single store.
longweight 30th March 2012, 09:29 Quote
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OK.... So they have closed my local Game in Cirencester. However in Worcester both the Game and Gamestation are safe?
I can also see that Swindon has had 2 of the 3 Game branded stores close. I'd love to know their logic behind the choice in store closures. Personally I'd have made sure that all towns/cities where there are multiple outlets in close proximity to each other were closed to sensure that thier at least was less competition for the remaining store and that it would mean a chance of keping a presance in other places with just a single store.

It probably has more to do with which sites have really low rent? I have no idea what they are currently doing or have been doing for the last 5 years really!
Rich_13 31st March 2012, 12:27 Quote
I feel bad for them although I must admit that the last few years I've done a full 360 and nearly only buy second hand from them (although quite a lot).

I'd be interested to see what publishers think on the move. At the end of the day retail space for your product is a form of advertising. Without it, those smaller market share titles will have a bigger uphill struggle.

Yes there is still HMV and supermarkets but dedicated games retails are one of the few places on the high street for people like parents not in the know to get advise for kids games etc....instead they'll be reading on-line reviews and passing up on smaller titles they might of bought on first impressions..

So what's the REAL cost of losing GAME (well not entirely)? I'm sure we'll find out...

Also I did used to think it was really annoying when they had large disparities in their pricing between their website and shops. I think a lot of people thought that.
Krazeh 31st March 2012, 23:55 Quote
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17575500

Looks like Game will be sticking around after all.
ccxo 1st April 2012, 17:06 Quote
Be interesting to see what they do with their remaining stores, proably see more go and maybe some return but likely to be further losses.
Harlequin 1st April 2012, 17:16 Quote
when they had 3 stores in teh same area in crawley - and 2 in a town like eastbourne , then theres a big problem - they had to shut most of them tbh
Phillthy 9th April 2012, 14:11 Quote
It's a shame about the job losses and the way the staff were treated in the end.
A lot of games have the instructions on disc now Gareth, just to save a few pence. It's nice to have them but I don't know anyone that reads them!
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