GameStop Abandons U.K. Stores

DPeteD

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Eh, no biggie, everyone in northern Ireland gets their games from GAME or xtravison anyway every gamestop I went to was rubbish anyway.
 

putowtin

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FamoFunk said:
Sovvolf said:
I never knew we had a Gamestop in Britain. Learn something new everyday.
Ditto.

We have GAME and GameStation anyway, we don't really need a third games shop.
but GAME and GameStation are one and the same, then again Gamestop's prices arn't the best so I'm not that bothered.
 

duchaked

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aw man! I'm about to visit Ireland too haha
ah not that I was really going to stop by a Gamestop while traveling anyway :p

well okay maybe.
 

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GAME and Gamestop are equally awful in my eyes. Actively ruining games by demanding exclusive content in exchange for shelf space or Blocking digital distributors from selling certain games by threatening the publishers.

Well that second one is GAME only. At least Gamestop had the decency not to monopolize a games distribution in their country of origin.
 

MammothBlade

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I never knew there was a UK GameStop. No wonder they're shutting down.

Not particularly happy that GAME/GameStation is the only games specialist chain left. Their selection is pot luck at the best of times, and if you want a PC game, they only stock chart or bargain bin titles.
 

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Sovvolf said:
I never knew we had a Gamestop in Britain. Learn something new everyday.
Aye, aye. The first thought that popped into my head when I read that headline was "We have Gamestop stores in the UK". Probably understandable, as I don't see any Scottish locations mentioned in this article.

Guess they never made it to these lands north of the wall. Ah well, no great loss I suppose. There are plenty of other retailers here with insufficient/nonexistent stock of the ME3 collectors edition (my hate for the day). Grrr....
 

LonelyWizzard

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I find it interesting the amount of British people who didn't know Gamestop was even in the UK, in the Republic they're huge, way bigger than GAME or anyone else. I could name 6 locations off the top of my head, and they seem to do well enough. Culturally, they are THE game shop in Ireland, they advertise the most, they're talked about the most etc
Kind of a wierd one, but I do think the corporate tax thing is a big part of it.
 

Vault101

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WHAT? do they have other games stores in that pat of the world?

we dont have gamestop in Australia...but EB games is owned by them....concerning
 

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I didn't even know gamestop existed in the UK, the only physical game shops i know of are Game and Gamestation and i don't even use them anymore since i found shopto.net....

In fact now that i think about it i have never seen a single advert for gamestop on tv...
 

Charli

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GAME and Gamestation have already monopolized the game retail market in the U.K. (GAME and Gamestation are essentially owned by the same company, don't let it fool you, GAME just wear a more eye-sore uniform) And even they're struggling what with so much content going online. I don't think Ireland had as many stores therefore business was more competitive.


This is it plain and simple.


I knew Gamestop existed SOMEWHERE in the U.K. But our market is already saturated, they'd have to have pushed really hard to make it.

This is why I worry about Netflix... I love it in the U.S. But it's U.K. Launch and amount of stuff in it has been lackluster, and when competing against already established LOVEFilm, I really think U.S. retailers have to realize how much of a chore it is breaking into the U.K.

U.K. is a small island(s), business spreads quickly and fills up niches doubly so. To push your own little post in there you have to really push hard.

imnotparanoid said:
I prefered GAME anyway, their shop has a nicer colour scheme, play quiter and better music, have better prices and none of the staff have terrible facial hair.
...True we don't have terrible facial hair but our colour scheme gives me a headache somedays, sometimes I just look at gamestation and pine for that simple red and gray... And that music while...quiet has permanently imprinted into my braaain. Same CD... Every...Day...
 

Sylveria

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I really hope Gamestop UK has a better system for used sales than Gamestop US. I never even attempt to buy used through their online store because 90% of the time I'll get "not available online", which just gives me more cause to go to Amazon for both new and used sales. It's usually cheaper on Amazon anyway.
 

FamoFunk

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Daystar Clarion said:
FamoFunk said:
Sovvolf said:
I never knew we had a Gamestop in Britain. Learn something new everyday.
Ditto.

We have GAME and GameStation anyway, we don't really need a third games shop.
We probably do.

GAME and Gamestation are owned by the same company, so as such, they pretty much have a monopoly on game only retail.

It doesn't effect me though, I realised a long time ago that the brick and mortar stores rip off their customers, so I buy all my games online.

If you're looking for a great online reatailer, I'd recommend ShopTo.net.
putowtin said:
FamoFunk said:
Sovvolf said:
I never knew we had a Gamestop in Britain. Learn something new everyday.
Ditto.

We have GAME and GameStation anyway, we don't really need a third games shop.
but GAME and GameStation are one and the same, then again Gamestop's prices arn't the best so I'm not that bothered.
True. They are the same people. Although, if I went into both on the same day a lot of sale prices are different.

On-line is the way anyway. Let the postie do the work for you, and bring the game to you a day before release.

They are worth going in to when they knocked some prices down a lot, they knocked Staints Row: Third down to £20 and I traded in NCIS: The Game (I know) in and got it for 'free'.
 

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Seems like a really stupid decision but you know what? Between this article and a recent thread on pies it just makes me want to abandon the US and head over to the UK that much more. I can't help but feel sorry for the people who used to work at those stores to be honest.
 

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Sovvolf said:
I never knew we had a Gamestop in Britain. Learn something new everyday.
Same, every time I saw someone on the internet mention "Gamestop" I just thought *America's version of our Game/Gamestation/HMV*. This took me by surprise because now I can think *We actually DO have a Gamestop! aaaand now we don't!*.

Yep, you learn something new every day.

EDIT: It seems they had 2 stores in England, 1 in Northern Ireland and 1 in Republic of Ireland, with none in Scotland & Wales. Ah well, no wonder why hardly anyone knew about them.

Speaking of American companies attempting to set up show in the UK: Taco Bell is in Manchester. Hurry the hell up and get your arse into Cardiff/Newport, Taco Bell! I loved you when I was in the states!
 

Brisingr

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I live in Northern Ireland and I never even knew we had GameStops here to be frank, the only time I've seen them in the south. Ah well, its been a long time since I bought anything game related from any retail shop.
 

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The Last Nomad said:
Good thing the Irish (republic of, that is) stores aren't closing. Thats the only place I can get reasonably priced games.
HMV would surprise you sometimes.