GAME UK blackmails publishers to release games on Steam later

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by prowler, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. prowler

    prowler Sony

    Jul 14, 2009
    In the UK we have a gaming store called Game (UK) and for as long as I can remember they've been around for years now (my earliest memory of first seeing them was when I was roughly 4) and they've never been that great, but they were okay.

    Now for many years most people went to Game to buy their Console and PC games. When it comes to consoles Game really have quite a thing rolling, even their smallest stores have their walls lined with console games and often even basic peripherals. Often they have demo console machines everywhere with the latest games on that you can play and their second hand baskets (or bargain bins) often have plenty of games in there, albeit not the best.

    What's fairly sad is that Game have never really been a PC supporter as such even with an evergrowing market. For years now they've kept the PC games (usually) in the back of the store with a small segment and usually their "top 10" of games. What's even worse is that these "top 10" games are built off Games' own sales figures. This means that games such as The Sims 3 and the vanilla version of World of Warcraft remain in the charts regardless of what new releases come out. This alongside selling PC games that are ten years old (no, seriously, you'll find games from 99-2001 easily) it doesn't make for a decent consumer experience and as thus a large portion of people that buy PC games don't buy them at Game.

    Now since roughly March this year UK Gamers have noticed that many games on Steam are "not available in your region" and it's left many wondering why this is occuring. The first game to be officially affected by this was Brink ( ) including any DLC pages related to Brink. Thankfully thanks to a minor bug with Steam many PC users were still able to preorder Brink up until roughly two weeks before the games launch when Brink suddenly became unavailable with no response from Valve or Bethseda (as they were publishing it) as to why this was the case.

    Some time around the start of this year Game started talking to multiple publishers regarding their games being on Steam. This was somewhat out of the blue and surprising however their Goal was effectively to gain some monopoly or power over Steam. Heck their message was a pretty straightforwards one. They basically want (at least) one month from release date where the game cannot be purchased by those in the UK on Steam.. And this applies to all games released by that publisher. This doesn't include the time the game is up for pre-order either. If the publisher doesn't agree to (what I presume is a bluff as other publishers haven't done this) then they'll supposedly refuse to stock and sell that publishers games via their stores.[/p]More here

    Publishers that have agreed to this -
    - THQ
    - Bethseda

    Currently affected titles I'm aware of -
    - Space Marine
    - Saints Row the Third
    - Skyrim

    Games that have been affected by said actions -
    - Brink (one month)
    - Red Faction: Armageddon (unknown)
    - Metro 2033 (unknown)
    - Homefront (unknown)
    - Darksiders (unknown)[/p]Game = Gamestation = GameStop.
  2. Dan9550

    Dan9550 Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Wow that sounds like some serious BS, its obvious why people are turning to services like steam because the prices are better, the service is much much better, and theres a smaller chance of you getting ripped off somehow. Only downside is you don't get a physical copy [​IMG], but it sounds like the game stores are getting desperate maybe if they didn't suck people would actually shop there
  3. FireGrey

    FireGrey Undercover Admin

    Apr 13, 2010
    I have Game in australia aswell.
    PC games suck anyway unless you can get them right for the PC - Minecraft -
    Same as like with portable games - Pokemon -
    +1 to Dan
    Gaming stores need serious price drops...
  4. Clarky

    Clarky Don't you know who I think I am?

    Oct 4, 2007
    United States
    screw 'em, when a supermarket can offer better deals on games than a dedicated games shop you know somethings wrong
  5. ShawnTRods

    ShawnTRods GBAtemp Psycho!

    Mar 26, 2011
    Blackmailing? Well, its pure business lol.
    They wanna sell more copies..
  6. Puppy_Washer

    Puppy_Washer GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 18, 2009
    This is a surprising amount of information for an average user of some forum to stumble upon.
    His "sources" are also shoddy. The mcvuk source doesn't relate to his claims, and his second source doesn't appear to exist, although I'm sure that it was just as unrelated as his first source.

    I would love to see a reliable source that plainly states that Game have been forcing or requesting publishers to release games a month later.

    Until this news appears on a more reliable website, I dismiss this as just unbased slander.
  7. kevan

    kevan Imagination rules the world

    Dec 4, 2009
    Hehe Game over in Australia doesnt have that sort of power!
  8. kicknhorse

    kicknhorse GBAtemp Fan

    Jun 5, 2009
    North Somerset
    You can't be very old because GAME has not existed for too long. They all use to be Electronic Boutique's, and I believe even something before this, but I cannot quite remember now.

    Also, the use of English made the article very annoying to read... Just saying.
  9. Danny600kill

    Danny600kill xD

    Aug 3, 2009
    United States
    I remember Electronics Boutiques , I still have their reward card laying around my room [​IMG]
  10. prowler

    prowler Sony

    Jul 14, 2009
    Something fishy about that, yeah.

    I remember having a EB store around the Gameboy (Advance) days.
  11. spinal_cord

    spinal_cord Knows his stuff

    Jul 21, 2007
    1. Don't buy PC games from Game
    2. Don't by games from THQ (is there even a single good non-wrestling THQ game?)
  12. Maikel Steneker

    Maikel Steneker M3 Fanboy

    May 16, 2007
    Well, they published Stacking, the Double Fine game.

    Also, this is lame. If this is the way they're doing it, I'll just support Steam more.
  13. injected11

    injected11 Crescent Freshâ„¢

    Jul 17, 2009
    United States
    Why improve your products, services, or prices when you can try to screw over the competition instead? Just more reasons why I refuse to shop at these stores.

    Empty threats are funny though. "Give me a 1-month exclusive, or I won't sell your game!" gets smacked in the face with "Aren't you exclusively a game shop? Why can I buy this game at the supermarket next door, but not here? Because companies refused to bow to your stupid threats, rendering you useless? Gotcha."
  14. Scott-105

    Scott-105 Bow to me. Please?

    Aug 23, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    Wow. That's some bs right there. I'd be pissed if that happened here, as I never buy retail.
  15. legendofphil

    legendofphil Phil no Densetsu

    Nov 19, 2002
    GAME and EB used to co-exist at the same time but then EB bought out GAME and rebranded the EB stores because it was cheaper (less stores).

    According to Wikipedia GAME opened in 1991 and EB came to the UK in 1995.
  16. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    Think it was called FutureZone. Had my first taste of multiplayer Doom there once. [​IMG]

    They were great until Game took over and they became the last place I'd buy games from, luckily Gamestation hasn't gone downhill that much since Game bought them though they have stopped selling retro stuff. Intellegent people should buy games from online places instead or supermarkets if its a big game seeing they're a fuck load cheaper.
  17. qlum

    qlum Posting when needed

    Sep 25, 2008
    The Pirate Homeworld
  18. kevan

    kevan Imagination rules the world

    Dec 4, 2009
    Game over here competes with EB I thought [​IMG]
    Anyone know if Game and EB are different in Australia?
  19. DJ91990

    DJ91990 Dark-Type Trainer

    Feb 9, 2009
    United States
    Oakwood Region
    The problem is a simple one;
    As far as entertainment media goes; everything is going digital. Whole games can be downloaded, no-streamed to the end consumer, eliminating the middle-man, therefore eliminating the usefulness of stores that sell such media, I.E. GAME UK, Gamecrazy, Gamestop, EBGames, etc.

    They are just getting butthurt because they realize that they will need to change carriers and actually EARN some damn money contributing something to society.

    I truly find it amusing.
  20. Eckin

    Eckin GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    Can't give a better service? Buy publishers to hold the game from being sold at your competition!


    seriously tho, this sucks and I hope they crash and burn for that. I avoid buying retail around here and pick Steam instead because (first) I'd have to buy those games at Walmart or something like that and (second) I'd pay more for that. And Steam has sales all the time, too.