UK retailer GAME no longer stocking new titles - refusing pre-orders

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    UK shop GAME appears to be in trouble after doubt was cast on its ability to buy new games.

    Eurogamer has heard from multiple UK industry sources that the specialist video game retailer has lost credit insurance with a number of publishers.

    This means that publishers are now forced to take the risk on games that do not sell - something they do not wish to do.

    GAME is now being asked by publishers to pay for new stock up front with cash. If GAME doesn't have the cash, it could result in the shop being unable to stock new games.

    This week sees the launch of Final Fantasy 13-2, SoulCalibur 5, NeverDead and Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. Eurogamer understands GAME will stock these games on Friday.

    More to follow.

    UPDATE:Eurogamer readers have reported that GAME is not selling Metal Gear Solid HD on its website, and that the shop has been turning away Mass Effect 3 pre-orders.

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-02-01-game-in-trouble-as-doubt-cast-on-ability-to-stock-new-games

    I'm guessing this effects Gamestation too.
     
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    yes true that owned by same parent company

    Gamestation is run by a completely different lot tho and i actually prefer there staff and attidude and behind there scenes its all very different

    so i hope it doesnt affect them
     
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    ... i know?
    No it's not, there are A LOT of similarities between the two. For one, they both get the same stock (DLC cards, pre-order bonuses, etc) and they mostly have the same prices on new games and sale prices, 'behind the scenes' is no different too.

    If GAME goes down, Gamestation is going down with it.
    EDIT: Oh and http://www.gameplay.co.uk/
     
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    hmm does this effect Game in Australia
    :huh:
     
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    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    Game is shite anyway. Same goes for gamestation.
     
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    This is sucky
     
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    then how come gamestation all have there Vitas in and GAME dont?

    i was using one of Gamestations Vita the other day and all teh staff play them at work :D
     
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    That's a horrible reply/comeback and you should be ashamed of yourself. Judging because of that is lame, every shop content/display is different. Look at Manchester Arndale, GAME has two shops, with one having 360s set up, Gamestation has a very tiny shop nowhere to be found. (HMV beats GAME and Gamestation though, bloody hell it's massive and has computers, etc set up)
     
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    buying games from game stores wtf?
     
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    lol
     
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    GAME in norway is accepting preorders of ME3 for all platformers as well as selling MGS:HD on the 360.
     
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    I can still pre-order games from Game, and I just got an email from them telling me to pre-order ME3 to get the bonus content. =S
    Meh, I still like Game and Gamestation. =3
     
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    http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2012/02/01/nowgamer-claim-game-wont-have-stock-of-any-new-games/
     
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    The GAME stores turning away ME3 Collectors edition pre-orders could have sold out of their pre-order allocations . I know that it's happened in the past and that's with any game store. The GAME near mine has their PSVita, was on it just recently. It's a nice bit of kit, had a play on Uncharted.
     
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    This is what they get for over-over-pricing the 3DS at launch compared to the supermarket chains.
    Karma.
     
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    Same company, same stock dude. BOTH stopped taking ME3 special edition pre-orders about two weeks weeks ago. Allocation was reached very quickly because they have very little stock. Because they have no credit. And are screwed.

    Who'd like to see a graph of GAME's share price over the last 12 months?

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    Depressing, no?

    While the industry is definitely struggling because of overly-extended console lifespans (which are good for publishers only), GAME is definitely to blame in a big way for its own current state.

    I think it's naive to suggest that GAME are the big bad guys selling games for £40, while supermarkets are the saviours by selling them for £35. It's teh supermarkets that are causing damage to the independent retailers. They buy stock in huge amounts of bulk, and strike up a discount deal (hence launch offers in, say, Asda for MW3 @ £30 when you buy some shopping). They'll then cover any other losses they make on the games (and they make losses for sure) by raking in profits from food and clothing products which have huge margins.

    GAME and Gamestation can't compete with the scale of supermarkets, nor can they sell any other products at inflated prices to cover costs. Why do you think they sell pre-owned games? Big margins to cover minuscule profits on mint games. Why do you think they sell their own branded accessories? Big margins to cover the even smaller margins on mint hardware.

    But with the company forcing pushy tactics and self-destructive sales initiatives on employees (ie. 'sell something extra' breeds the idea that selling two things is better than selling one. Even if the one thing makes more money than two other things), the company is guilty here of its own demise.

    Only in part, mind you - supermarkets using tactics they know only they can use to monopolise yet another industry is another big factor.

    I'd honestly rather pay a fiver more for a game from a specialist store if I had good service, could ask questions and get insightful answers. But GAME Group doesn't breed that kind of mentality. So when people get a less intrusive service for less money at a supermarket where do you think they're going to go?

    Of course, you're screwed if you have to ask the dribbling fellow stickering NOW! albums anything more technical than the game's price. Which is where specialist retailers should flourish. Instead, GAME have turned every sentence of conversation with a customer into clutching at sales opportunities (and ironically then ruining them) instead of good customer service.

    The company's mentality (not just at a store level, but at an internal level too) always seems to be that if a customer just gets what they want, it's not good enough. Make them have more. Force them to pay for a shitty loyalty scheme. Make them put non-refundable deposits down on games on a spur of the moment impulse. Make them get the pre-owned game, even if it now requires on online pass, smells like cigarettes and is still more expensive than a mint copy on the company's own website.

    In the last year it's become a shit company to shop with, and a depressing one to work for. The company's mentality seems to correlate to its share prices. Where prices began to plummet in the middle of last year is when they started to employ aggressive sales tactics to claw extra money in every sale. It breeds a mentality of customers not being people who you should be giving the best customer service to so they shop with you time and time again, but walking bags of cash who are to be bled as dry as possible in a single transaction.

    But only if they buy more than ONE THING.

    It makes you fondly daydream about the glory days of Electronics Boutique an independent Gamestation.
     
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