Can't a GAME retailer get a break?
Microsoft, SEGA and Activision are the latest set of publishers to remove future titles from GAME's shelves - merely adding to the UK retailer's troubles.
According to MCVUK's "leaked memo", the games that won't see the interior of a GAME or Gamestation store include Microsoft's Kinect Rush: a Disney/Pixar Adventure, Activision's Cabela Big Game Hunter 2012 and Zhu Zhu Babies along with SEGA's Yakuza: Dead Souls, PokePark 2 and Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai.
However, these aren't the only future releases pulled from GAME's lineup. Just recently Nintendo, Tecmo Koei, Capcom and Electronic Arts declared their lack of interest in stocking the retailer. This included Mass Effect 3 - which sold 3.5 million copies in its first weekend - and will mean in the next few weeks GAME will miss out on sales of Ninja Gaiden 3 and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.
The ongoing saga of GAME's demise looks set to come to a head in the next week or so, as that's all it has before entering administration according to hints from the CEO. However, several firms have shown interest in the beleaguered company, including Walmart, GameStop, Hilco and OpCapita so there still might be a rebirth of GAME in some new entity.
Whatever happens though, GAME - as it's currently known - will cease to exist in short order so check out your local retailer if you want a last dose of nostalgia - or partake in one of the many ongoing deals at the moment.
Long standing video game retail outlet GAME is in its death throes with staff being told to expect administrators to be called in within a fortnight if revenue can't be drastically improved.
Even with the rock bottom pricing Sale
that's now been initiated, it seems unlikely that anything big will happen in the next couple of weeks. Many are speculating that a buyout from another retail firm is the only possible saving grace for the company. The big one being talked about as a possibility is US firm Gamestop which has managed to stay relevant by breaking into the digital distribution market with its buying up of the Impulse game download service.
Visiting my local GAME last night, I spoke with a few staff members who were understandably anxious but remaining positive, hopeful that with the long standing History
of the firm it will be a viable acquisition for someone or some entity that could fold it into its existing services.
Still, for anyone looking for cheap games, heading to your own local outlet might not be a bad thing. There are some quite contemporary titles - brand new - going for under £10, and many a great pre-owned game on Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles available for under £5.
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