Items tagged with GameStop

Are brick-and-mortar gaming stores going the way of Blockbuster? Probably not in the immediate future, but it has to be a concern for executives at GameStop. A few major trends are shifting; one, gamers are flocking to services like GameFly to rent games by mail rather than paying $60 a pop to own them. Another, is the start downloads. Sony's PSPgo was just the start -- there's Apple's App Store, the Xperia Play and the downloadable game market, and download titles on all of the major consoles. Gaming is shifting away from physical media, like it or not. And that leaves game companies like GameStop in a weird situation. How do that replace that lost revenue? For GameStop, it's pretty clear that... Read more...
Some may say that the physical disc still has a place in this world for years to come, and they're probably right. But to say that digital downloads aren't taking out a serious chunk of sales would be denying reality. iTunes alone has proven that digital downloads are capable of catching on, as Apple has already taken over Walmart as the world's largest seller of music. That said, music has been tied to downloading for a long, long time. Napster was booming years and years ago, but people haven't had the same kind of opportunity to grow used to downloading games. Of course, Steam has provided avid PC gamers with the ability to download titles to their hard drive, but console gamers haven't enjoyed... Read more...
It's the signs of a changing world. Changing demands. Changing norms. And a changing face of gaming. It's the digital era, and it's officially being ushered in at GameStop. While many tied to the brick-and-mortar gaming industry have wondered just how they'd cope with the increasing demand from gamers to have new titles "on-demand," GameStop is staying one step ahead of the curve. Of course, when you see just how far Blockbuster has fallen now that Netflix has entered the picture, you can better understand the company's desire to keep up with the times.The self-proclaimed "world’s largest video game and entertainment software retailer" has today chosen Chris Petrovic to fill a newly created role... Read more...
Colony collapse disorder (or CCD) is a phenomenon in which worker bees from a beehive or European honey bee colony abruptly disappear. One might think the employees of this video game store in New York City were wishing CCD would happen outside their store. It was a GameStop store in New York City near Union Square. Workers were trapped inside when honeybees decided to swarm outside the store. Such a swarm isn't an uncommon event, but happening outside a store in a metropolis like New York City is rare. A sign in the store's window warned: "Look! ... closed due to bee infestation." Despite that, Edward Albers, a passerby, tried to help. Amazingly, dressed in regular street clothes, he managed... Read more...
There’s good money to be made in buying and selling used video games. With big players such as Amazon getting in on the action, competition is sure to heat up quickly. The latest retailer that’s trying to get a piece of the pie is Wal-Mart. The retailer recently leased space to automated kiosk manufacturer e-Play.   As a result of the agreement between e-Play and Wal-Mart, 77 Wal-Mart stores will have e-Play kiosks that will let you sell used video games and rent movies or games for $1 per day. According to the e-Play website, you must have both a credit card and identification (such as a driver’s license) in order to trade in games. After scanning a movie or game case... Read more...
The world’s largest video game retailer may be in some hot water as a result of some recent investigative reporting by Kotaku’s Brian Crecente and Michael McWhertor. After speaking to unnamed GameStop employees at locations around the U.S., the popular game blog has exposed GameStop’s practice of selling employee-played games as new copies. GameStop allows its employees to check out store merchandise for up to four days of personal use. Whenever new games are received in the stores, GameStop puts the box on display and keeps the disc behind the counter for security purposes. These new, unused discs often get mixed up with the copies that employees are allowed to check out and take home. As a... Read more...
Can it be? Can it be? Nintendo's Wii has finally left its perpetual state of "sold out?" We can't definitely say that's the case across the board, but we can personally say that we've seen more Wiis on local store shelves (meaning at least one, and usually not two) over the past month than we've seen in the past two years. Oh, and aside from that totally anecdotal evidence, GameStop senior vice president of merchandizing Bob McKenzie has given the world at large reason to believe that supply and demand are finally, finally aligning on this white hot console. For those who actually haven't been pulling their hair out for the past 2.5 years, consider yourself lucky. Everyone else has been waltzing... Read more...
Everything Amazon seems to touch turns to gold, so why should this initiative be any different? In an effort to rival GameStop's highly successful trade-in business, the online e-tailer has launched its very own Video Games Trade-In program. Of note, the program is still listed as "beta" for the moment, but it's completely live and ready to accept any of your mildly stale titles. The process seems simple enough. You select your games that are in "good condition," print a free shipping label and packing slip, send 'em off to Amazon and get an Amazon.com gift certificate in return (which is as good as cash, right?). The problem, however, is just how viable is this model? Industry spectators will... Read more...
It's no secret that Zune sales are a fraction of those of the iPod, and apparently GameStop has seen enough. In its earnings call on Thursday, GameStop indicated it has exited the Zune marketplace.The move is unlikely to affect GameStop, whose sales come almost completely from video games but it puts up another hurdle in Microsoft's attempt to grow Zune sales."We have decided to exit the Zune category because it just did not have the appeal we had anticipated," said a GameStop spokesperson. "It (also) did not fit with our product mix." GameStop made the decision about a month ago. GameStop said it will sell Zune players online until it clears out its inventory.GameStop has hundreds of stores... Read more...
Last Friday Nintendo announced a raincheck program, exclusive to GameStop.  This program is for those of you desperate for a Wii, willing to wait until January, and willing to shop at GameStop.  Today GameStop outlined the details.A limited number of reservations will be available at each store and only one reservation can be made per household.The reservation process requires payment in full at $249.99 plus tax, to guarantee delivery in January. Customers will receive a custom-designed DVD case emblazoned with a Wii and the iconic Mario character wishing a "Happy Holidays! Your Wii is on the Way!" Inside the DVD case is a guarantee slip that provides gift-giver guidelines and an explanation... Read more...
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