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Fresh off a couple of big Wii games not being sold in their stores, and days after not stocking Ubisoft Vita games at launch, all EA games will now not be sold in their stores. All pre-orders canceled.

 

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-02-29-game-not-stocking-mass-effect-3-or-ea-games-past-ssx

 

GAME Group will not be stocking any EA games past SSX in March, including Mass Effect 3, Eurogamer has discovered. This encompasses all GAME and Gamestation stores.

 

Various GAME and Gamestation staff alerted Eurogamer to this situation after a company-wide memo was sent out at around 10.30am this morning.

 

Eurogamer has corroborated this information with individual GAME Group stores. The last stocked EA game will be SSX, we were told.

 

If you have a pre-order, GAME will refund you via in-store credit, rather than with cash.

 

EA responded to Eurogamer's request for comment by directing us to a Mass Effect 3 Launch Update website. GAME's absence from the list of retailers speaks volumes.

 

This worrying text followed: "For customers who have pre-ordered the N7 Collector's Edition please re-order your copies through these retailers."

 

These are Amazon, Play, Zavvi and ShopTo.

 

"For further information regarding the Mass Effect 3 Standard Edition with the N7 Warfare Gear in-game weapons pack, please check this page later today," the blurb continued.

 

"If you have placed a deposit for a pre-order or are uncertain that your existing pre-order will be guaranteed, please contact your local retailer."

 

"Your local retailer is doing everything possible to make this process as smooth as possible to ensure you get your copy on launch day."

 

HMV told Eurogamer it couldn't comment on a competitor's situation, but confirmed it would be stocking Mass Effect 3 and the rest of EA's titles.

 

GAME Group hasn't responded to Eurogamer's request for comment.

 

Yeah, they're in big trouble. Have a look at this - http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/echarts?s=GMG.L#symbol=gmg.l;range=1d;compare=;indicator=volume;charttype=area;crosshair=on;ohlcvalues=0;logscale=off;source=undefined;

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Doesn't surprise me at all, if I'm honest. In the toon alone, Grainger Games, Gamestation and even HMV are stronger bets for decent game prices. GAME keep things at RRP long after their competitors have knocked them down, their deals (like 2 for £20 etc) are crap and sometimes non-existant, their pre-owned stock is rubbish and I think GAME exists only because non-clued in parents go in at Christmas for their bairn's presents because they see it's called GAME. The way the game market is atm, they haven't been able to adapt at all.

 

Been coming for ages.

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wow

 

wasn't expecting that to happen quite so rapidly. thought they'd get ME3 out of the doors at least

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Will cancel my pre-order of Mass Effect 3 sharpish then. Can't remember the last time i went into the shop to buy anything tbf, just as easy to order online.

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Pre-orders are a complete waste of time anyway. Even when GTA4 was out, every store's crack was that you needed a pre-order and I just waltzed into Gamestation on my dinner and picked it up. I'm fairly sure they were selling people's pre-orders

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you dont need to cancel it

 

its been done for you! :razz:

 

Nah, just did it myself. Better safe than sorry, if the company is going tits up I want to make sure i don't get shafted ;)

Edited by Sonatine

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Pre-orders are a complete waste of time anyway.

 

no they aren't

 

 

Very interested in hearing your argument for them tbh. Most of the bonuses you get from pre-ordering come with the game new anyway in most places. Certainly has been the case for me.

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Worked for GAME, now work for a different retailer

 

theres no use preordering the likes of CoD because everywhere gets tons of stock but there are plenty of titles that sell out on opening weekends and whatnot.

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Pre-orders are a complete waste of time anyway.

 

If you're referring more to the act of reserving a copy at a physical store then yeah, a lot of times it isn't worth it.

 

Pre-ordering online is a different matter though. I haven't bought a game offline in years. Even when I lived in a city, within walking distance to a store regardless of whether I was working or not, I'd still pre-order everything online. It's generally cheaper, comes with less hassle, and you'll get it at home on the day of release if not earlier.

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Surely with the amount of retailers, online or otherwise, it's an odd thing to do limiting yourself to just one store? I bought Child of Eden, a game with a very limited run and a very interested core fanbase who would snap them all up and I got one on opening weekend with no bother by ordering online. It's just an odd practice to me atm with the way the marketplace is going (especially with a view to on demand purchases when internet speed and console hard-drive space gets up to scratch with the next generation).

 

Off the top of my head, you've got Play, Amazon, Shopto, Gameplay, Gamestation, Grainger Games (around here), CHIPS, Gamestation, Game (though not so much atm), HMV, Fenwick, PC World, Currys, Dixons, Zavvi, Blockbuster, Boomerang, Tesco, ASDA, Sainsburys, Morrisons and Debenhams. If you go to all of those and they don't have the game you want, then it must have a run of about 50 copies.

 

I think pre-ordering consoles has some merit but I question the wisdom of buying a console at launch anyway.

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The way the game market is atm, they haven't been able to adapt at all.

 

Yup. Their range has gotten worse, there's far too much shelf space devoted to pre-owned games, and there's just not much incentive to buy there. They've spent loads on securing exclusive deals for limited editions and the like, which has helped them in the short term but probably harmed them in the long term. I certainly found (can't see them doing it much more now) that annoying, albeit it was rare that the exclusive DLC or whatever was actually worth the extra outlay.

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Also, games in majority of retail stories drop in price severely in the first couple of months anyway. I'll buy Mass Effect 3 at launch because I love the franchise but everything else can wait. Bought Skryim for £40, 3 weeks later it was £25

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Now rumours that the future Nintendo catalogue might not be stocked there. Mario Party 9 definitely won't be, for now at least.

 

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-02-29-game-group-not-stocking-mario-party-9

 

GAME Group (GAME and Gamestation) will not be stocking Wii game Mario Party 9, Eurogamer has heard.

 

Nintendo has issued an official statement that points out every destination to buy Mario Party 9. GAME and Gamestation are absent from the comprehensive list.

 

"Available to buy on the high street via Argos, Asda, Tesco, Dixons Stores Group, GameStop, Sainsburys, Smyths Toys, Toys R Us, HMV, Blockbuster or online at Amazon, The Hut, Play.com, zavvi.co.uk, johnlewis.com and Littlewoods.com, as well as most good games retailers," announced Nintendo.

 

Mario Party 9 is due out this Friday, 2nd March.

 

Whether this will extend to all Nintendo and Nintendo-distributed games remains to be seen. However, GAME absentee The Last Story was published by Nintendo, and GAME absentee Tekken 3DS was distributed by Nintendo.

 

It doesn't bode well for Wii-exclusive JRPG Pandora's Tower, due 13th April.

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I've never ever struggled to get a game that was in demand and i never pre-order (unless like in the case of the recent batman it was getting me it and deus-ex for £50)

 

went into game the other week when Kingdoms of Amalur came out "oh we've sold out", walked 10ft down the street into hmv picked it up for the same price.

 

Game have been sticking there arm in for years (like currys/dixons group), now other retailers and the likes of tescos are undercutting them and they've suffered for it, slap it up them.

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Saw a tweet that equated the death of these to a real changer in the industry and I completely disagree. If they were current and a mainstay of the industry as its changing, they wouldn't be closing down. They're archaic and a sign of times when game retail was a lot more defined by physical copies.

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blimey there struggling heh that will please the game developers because they hate thease stores selling used games like game gamestation grainger games

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Saw a tweet that equated the death of these to a real changer in the industry and I completely disagree. If they were current and a mainstay of the industry as its changing, they wouldn't be closing down. They're archaic and a sign of times when game retail was a lot more defined by physical copies.

 

it is a real changer. GAME are in trouble because they negotiated supply deals directly with publishers rather than a distributor and had a credit system in place basically allowing them to get stock, sell it, then pay for it, basically allowing them to operate on a level beyond their own cash reserves.

 

this no longer works for EA and (apparently) Nintendo who now want their money up front which doesn't work for GAME because they have entrenched themselves in this particular system of business so they can't afford to do that. they still do massive amounts of business within that system but you can't just flip a switch in system like that without being crippled which is what we're seeing.

 

to argue that the (potential) demise of GAME isn't a big change in the game retail industry is to be wrong.

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GAME Group have something like 1200 stores in Europe, and until last week Gameplay.co.uk as well.

 

I can't see all 1200 stores being closed or anything like that, quite likely they'll be taken over or something. But without them on the high street, the supermarkets will capitalise on the big void. HMV are in trouble too.

Edited by Monroe Transfer

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Saw a tweet that equated the death of these to a real changer in the industry and I completely disagree. If they were current and a mainstay of the industry as its changing, they wouldn't be closing down. They're archaic and a sign of times when game retail was a lot more defined by physical copies.

 

it is a real changer. GAME are in trouble because they negotiated supply deals directly with publishers rather than a distributor and had a credit system in place basically allowing them to get stock, sell it, then pay for it, basically allowing them to operate on a level beyond their own cash reserves.

 

this no longer works for EA and (apparently) Nintendo who now want their money up front which doesn't work for GAME because they have entrenched themselves in this particular system of business so they can't afford to do that. they still do massive amounts of business within that system but you can't just flip a switch in system like that without being crippled which is what we're seeing.

 

to argue that the (potential) demise of GAME isn't a big change in the game retail industry is to be wrong.

 

Think we're both saying the same thing in round about ways tbh. Dodgy business practices in a changing industry means someone has to go bust. Their business model can't really be helped by merging with someone with Gamestop unless they're going to launch a Steam type service (which I heard they might following the Deus Ex faff on). Publishers don't have to kiss up with retailers because there are literally so many places for them to sell the product, they won't lose anything by not stocking it in a decling chain.

 

Surely it's all symptom of change rather than a catalyst though?

Edited by Ayatollah Hermione

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Just found out that the people who still work at GAME that I used to work with really hate me now :lol:

 

Ive mentioned once or twice on FB that bee.com (who I work for now) are getting in all the things GAME aren't or can't honour preorders on and apparently theyve all taken it extremely personally, to the point of posting pics of our front window which had been smashed up sunday night as an attempted break in and having a good laugh at it

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