UK Retailer Won't Sell Ubisoft Titles For Vita Launch

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UK Retailer Won't Sell Ubisoft Titles For Vita Launch

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If you live in the UK and were planning to pick up a PlayStation Vita, be warned: GAME isn't going to have any Ubisoft games to go along with the system's launch.

UK Retailer GAME has been having a tough couple of weeks. After losing credit insurance (meaning stores would have to pay cash for new stock), the retailer's cancelled its special edition for The Last Story, and now it's revealed that it won't have any Ubisoft games in stock when the PlayStation Vita launches.

That's a problem for many UK gamers, since GAME is described as "the only specialist store in the UK," and games not being sold through the chain can be pretty detrimental to their sales rankings. Eurogamer cites how Namco's Tekken 3D Prime Edition wasn't sold in the stores and didn't make it onto the Top 40 Chart.

This is could severely limit folks' option when it comes to buying games for the new system. Ubisoft has five games coming out in time for the Vita's launch (for better or for worse), but the publisher has yet to comment on the situation. GAME has confirmed, though, that Vita titles from publishers EA, Capcom, and Sega will all be available.

GAME's expected to unveil an 18 million loss this fiscal quarter, and is reportedly trying to shore things up with both the Vita and Wii U systems launching. However, if it can't provide things to play on these consoles, then a lot of gamers will likely go elsewhere to make their purchases, thus worsening this financial spiral.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

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Bull. Shit.

I was in GAME today and they had Rayman Origins both for preorder customers and setting things up for PSV's release.

also "the only specialist store in the UK"? Gamestation says Hi.

It's not the only specialist - there is still Gamestation. Even CEX has a good choice albeit most are second hand. And then there's HMV (where I work)....not solely focused on games but still (at least in my branch) a wide and varied choice. However I hope Game does not go under.

With the rise of digital distribution and sites like Amazon I haven't bought anything from GAME for years so I'm not surprised.

AdamG3691:
also "the only specialist store in the UK"? Gamestation says Hi.

I thought they were bought out by GAME a few years back.

I guess Granger Games execs will be ordering extra piles of cocaine tonight.

AdamG3691:
Bull. Shit.

I was in GAME today and they had Rayman Origins both for preorder customers and setting things up for PSV's release.

also "the only specialist store in the UK"? Gamestation says Hi.

Gamestation = owned by GAME, take that however you want...

Megacherv:

AdamG3691:
Bull. Shit.

I was in GAME today and they had Rayman Origins both for preorder customers and setting things up for PSV's release.

also "the only specialist store in the UK"? Gamestation says Hi.

Gamestation = owned by GAME, take that however you want...

from this I've learned an important lesson:
"Even if you have a monopoly, you don't always win"

still, the fact that there are ubisoft games in GAME and Gamestation proves the aricle wrong (unless they decide to take all of the ubisoft stock from the shelves tonight for some reason)

But Lumines Electronic Symphony is being published by Ubisoft! Motherfu-
Oh wait, I'm an Australian who shops at EB Games. Never mind.

Ummm Does anyone know why?
GAME Why u no want to make money?

Jailbird408:
But Lumines Electronic Symphony is being published by Ubisoft! Motherfu-
Oh wait, I'm an Australian who shops at EB Games. Never mind.

There is a word for you: schadenfreude.
Learn it, Love it.

AdamG3691:

also "the only specialist store in the UK"? Gamestation says Hi.

gamestation is game, sure they have different logos and charge different prices, but don't be fooled, behind both facades is the same cold soulless husk!

It is true that game are in deep crap though, wonder if I should change my ME3 preorder?

putowtin:

AdamG3691:

also "the only specialist store in the UK"? Gamestation says Hi.

gamestation is game, sure they have different logos and charge different prices, but don't be fooled, behind both facades is the same cold soulless husk!

It is true that game are in deep crap though, wonder if I should change my ME3 preorder?

I was wondering the same thing myself.. had it pre-ordered since the day the collectors edition was announced, it would kill me if i lost out on it because of Game going down the shitter.

But im hoping that anything they currently have up on the store is stuff they've already paid for.

You can't spell game without gay (well you can but you get the point)

OT:This does not surprise me, game have been making some silly choices for a few years now, not to mention their customer service sucks and they wil recommend you any game to make a quick sale!

Good. GAME rip of their customers with over priced crap, and try and sell me PC games at double, or even triple the price that I can get them ANYWHERE else.

They have an incredibly crap returns policy, I bought some headphones, they were for xbox, I thought they could be used for PC, they couldn't, they sold them to me anyway, knowing my intention, and then refused to take them back even though it was a day after and I had the receipt.

The prices on their website are even different from the ones in store, and yea, Gamestation are owned by Game.

I just go to CEX now, second hand gaming store, bought BF3 for 22 (Brand new, just returned x-mas game I guess, y'know how it is.)

Elate:
Snip

Yeah I know what you mean. They're fun to get angry with though. Last year my (refurbished) 360 RRoDed, I returned it for another one, which they hadn't refurbished yet, so I took that back. I got a refund, bought a brand new Elite with 3 games, 2 controllers and their full insurance policy.

Through deliberate application of huffing impatiently and reminding them they'd swapped me a dead console for a dead console last time, I managed to get all the above for about only about 20 more than the original 2nd hand piece of crap cost me to begin with :)

That was the last time I shopped there. I came away with more than I'd paid for, which made up for the overpriced goods I'd bought before and now, like you, I shop at CEX.

When I saw the title I was hoping that some stores had just decided to boycott Ubisoft game untill they removed their stupid DRM.
I was so full of hope only to be crushed that the main store I get games from is closing down.

AdamG3691:

Megacherv:

AdamG3691:
Bull. Shit.

I was in GAME today and they had Rayman Origins both for preorder customers and setting things up for PSV's release.

also "the only specialist store in the UK"? Gamestation says Hi.

Gamestation = owned by GAME, take that however you want...

from this I've learned an important lesson:
"Even if you have a monopoly, you don't always win"

still, the fact that there are ubisoft games in GAME and Gamestation proves the aricle wrong (unless they decide to take all of the ubisoft stock from the shelves tonight for some reason)

Did you read the article?

GAME will not have Vita games from Ubisoft at launch.

Vita games.

At Launch.

I think you missed something.

EDIT: I wonder what this means for GAME in Australia if they're going shit over in the UK.

Elate:
Good. GAME rip of their customers with over priced crap, and try and sell me PC games at double, or even triple the price that I can get them ANYWHERE else.

They have an incredibly crap returns policy, I bought some headphones, they were for xbox, I thought they could be used for PC, they couldn't, they sold them to me anyway, knowing my intention, and then refused to take them back even though it was a day after and I had the receipt.

The prices on their website are even different from the ones in store, and yea, Gamestation are owned by Game.

I just go to CEX now, second hand gaming store, bought BF3 for 22 (Brand new, just returned x-mas game I guess, y'know how it is.)

It's never "good" for a company to struggle. Struggling companies lay off employees, who have nothing to do with store policy and the such, and are just there to pay the bills.

Change = good.
Failing = bad.

I would love for Game to stop carrying any Ubisoft titles, I suppose PSV games are a good start though!

Uh... nice half an article there. How about some "why?" Why won't Gamestation have any Ubisoft games for Vita at launch? Some decision on Gamestation's part not to order them? Did Ubisoft refuse to ship to Gamestation? Any indication in either case about why such a decision was made?

Game and gamestation are owned by the same parent company and have been for years.
Grainger games only seems to exist in the northwest.

Personally I buy my games on amazon instead, since they're usually a fair bit cheaper than Game :\ I'd also buy more stuff from Game if my local branch wasn't staffed by Microsoft fanboys that take the piss whenever you buy anything not for the 360 but that isn't the companys' fault.

Also, to some above dude: most companies that sell games will fight tooth and nail to not take it back if you opened the cellophane, I had it with a CD with Play.com a while back, sorry if I had to open it to check how much your incompetent staff had damaged it? > >

At any rate, meh. Game can die.

AdamG3691:
"the only specialist store in the UK"? Gamestation says Hi.

Gamestation is owned by the GAME Group PLC, so it's possible that both chains may suffer the same problem.

Even so, they're not by any means the only places you can buy games and consoles in the UK. CEX, whilst being utter wankers, and only selling second hand products, already have posters up in their stores about the Vita and games... Grainger games are raking it in, in the NW at the moment. AND their staff don't seem hell-bent on dishing out spoilers as you're paying for a game.

StBishop:
EDIT: I wonder what this means for GAME in Australia if they're going shit over in the UK.

It'll go to shit, just with a two week delay. Ithenkyou!! ;O)

Oh, I just thought that the retailer was taking a stand against Ubisoft being a corporation of cunts selling overpriced iOS games on the Vita.

I always thought GAME was a store for kids parents to shop. There are specialist video game shops in every city in the UK that undercut GAME not to mention provide the product earlier with superior customer care. I suppose gaming sales are still governed by the children(s parents) though...

AdamG3691:

also "the only specialist store in the UK"? Gamestation says "Hi...

... we're owned by Game!"

JaredXE:
Oh, I just thought that the retailer was taking a stand against Ubisoft being a corporation of cunts selling overpriced iOS games on the Vita.

You are a very optimistic fellow.

Wow, that sucks. Not about Ubisoft, heard their Vita games sucked, with the exception of Rayman Origins, but for GAME. Didn't know things were this tough for them, almost makes me want to buy some used games...
We have GAME in Sweden, as well as Gamestop, but I usually always shop at Gamestop, cuz they have better costumer service and better deals. Maybe they can't afford the better deals? Would like to know more about this.

Me thinks small game retailers in the UK finally have a chance at a foothold, by way of offering Ubisoft games for the Vita. Not that I think the Vita sales will be game changers. Just that GAME is no position to gamble with its future against Ubisoft.

Grey Day for Elcia:
[It's never "good" for a company to struggle. Struggling companies lay off employees, who have nothing to do with store policy and the such, and are just there to pay the bills.

Change = good.
Failing = bad.

A failing company means they are doing something wrong, if they're doing something wrong that means they are forced to change the way they do business or close down.

So

Failing = change
Change = good
therefor
Failing = good.

Elate:

Grey Day for Elcia:
[It's never "good" for a company to struggle. Struggling companies lay off employees, who have nothing to do with store policy and the such, and are just there to pay the bills.

Change = good.
Failing = bad.

A failing company means they are doing something wrong, if they're doing something wrong that means they are forced to change the way they do business or close down.

So

Failing = change
Change = good
therefor
Failing = good.

You completely and utterly misconstrued my opinion.

A company failing is bad, because a company doing poorly cannot afford to employ people and thus individuals go without a job--very bad.

People celebrating or otherwise expressing joy that a company is doing poorly is negative, nonconstructive and very cold.

Suggesting change is good.

Delighting in the suffering of others, even indirectly, is not.

Grey Day for Elcia:
You completely and utterly misconstrued my opinion.

A company failing is bad, because a company doing poorly cannot afford to employ people and thus individuals go without a job--very bad.

People celebrating or otherwise expressing joy that a company is doing poorly is negative, nonconstructive and very cold.

Suggesting change is good.

Delighting in the suffering of others, even indirectly, is not.

But frankly, Game is SUCH a poor company, that I don't care. Sure those people losing their jobs is a bit of a bummer for them, but they chose to work at Game, so they chose to agree to the way it does business. Call me all the nasty words in the world, but my opinion remains the same, this is a good thing whether it forces the company to change or close down.

Frankly, I would prefer the latter. It has had too greater grip on the UK Market for far to long. It shutting down would hopefully bring rise to more smaller stores which won't get bought out/competitively destroyed by Game.

Elate:
But frankly, Game is SUCH a poor company, that I don't care. Sure those people losing their jobs is a bit of a bummer for them, but they chose to work at Game, so they chose to agree to the way it does business.

Or, more likely, it's just people who need work. I don't know about you, but everyone I know, including myself, work for our respective employers due to them being the easiest location to get to, the best pay, the steadiest work, or whatever else along those lines (barring of course specialty jobs that require greater education, like nurses). Not everyone in the world can afford to coast around, waiting to work for Green Peace. Rent and food isn't cheap, yo.

It's easy to just see 'that greedy, faceless giant' of a company. But the average person working there is just doing a job. They need to get paid and they found a job. You act as if these people are working for Dream Stealers inc. -- Robbing Orphan Children of their Dreams since 1906. Yeah, they aren't Santa Clause and they have some shitty business practices, but so what? They got so big and popular for a reason and every company in the world undercuts someone, makes it harder for another company and strives to make the most money.

Besides, I'm sure those clothes you paid for were made by a large company that does some shitty stuff. How about your computer--made by a big group? Your internet? The store you purchase your groceries at? The company your house was purchased off? Would you be so eager to revel in their demise?

People losing honest jobs is not good and you'd have to be pretty damn self-centered to be glad for it.

So are GAME refusing to stock Ubisoft's Vita games, or are Ubisoft refusing to let GAME stock their Vita games?

Grey Day for Elcia:
-snip-

The main difference is those stores I buy things from, clothes, my computer, don't screw ME the customer over right in front of my face because they know I would just go somewhere else. So yeah I guess you could say I'm self centered because I'm not the bleeding heart type, I don't care about people losing their jobs, it's happening to other people in much more important jobs that I could care about, oh say, the NHS.

Again, call me all the names you like, I don't like the company, I'm glad they're possibly closing down. I don't care about undercutting, I care about one company having market domination to the point where they can dictate releases on which platforms in a country, that is not healthy no matter what way you spin it.

Elate:
I care about one company having market domination to the point where they can dictate releases on which platforms in a country, that is not healthy no matter what way you spin it.

Like the company you purchased your computer from--including the operating system?

You can spin it any way you like, but you're a hypocrite to bash one company for being a so called monopoly while no doubt handing over much of your income to similar groups. Purchase any EA games lately, hmmm? But hey, maybe that massive chain store you buy your groceries from doesn't buy out it's competition, black mail farmers, screw over agents and spend millions on advertising to brainwash you into thinking they aren't screwing you over every time you step into their building.

GAME isn't a monster and you only care because it's right in front of you. I'm sure every other label you've spent thousands with over the years is glad you haven't noticed them yet.

Grey Day for Elcia:

Elate:
I care about one company having market domination to the point where they can dictate releases on which platforms in a country, that is not healthy no matter what way you spin it.

Like the company you purchased your computer from--including the operating system?

You can spin it any way you like, but you're a hypocrite to bash one company for being a so called monopoly while no doubt handing over much of your income to similar groups. Purchase any EA games lately, hmmm? But hey, maybe that massive chain store you buy your groceries from doesn't buy out it's competition, black mail farmers, screw over agents and spend millions on advertising to brainwash you into thinking they aren't screwing you over every time you step into their building.

GAME isn't a monster and you only care because it's right in front of you. I'm sure every other label you've spent thousands with over the years is glad you haven't noticed them yet.

Funny you should say that, no I haven't purchased any EA games lately, I bought Battlefield 3, second hand, so they don't see a penny and I will probably do the same with Me3, I don't buy EA games from anything other than second hand stores, same with Ubisoft and other developers I don't agree with. I bought my version of Windows 7: Ultimate for 70, which is a reasonable price in my eyes, compared to the prices I saw it at elsewhere. I built my own computer for half the price of any store bought one, so nope again not there, and that grocery store (Tesco) gives me the cheapest food, without screwing ME over, I don't care if they have to screw someone else over to do it. Thousands? I've yet to spend thousands with any single company, the closest I came was the components for my PC, and that was at scan.co.uk, hardly a huge chain wouldn't you say?

So your assumptions were wrong, for the most part. Now however, when a company like Game can stop a game from being released on Steam (PC no less, one of their smallest areas) because they threaten to not stock it, well, that's somewhat different isn't it? At least I know I can find the same brands of food at two different grocery stores.

And yes, Game ARE right in front of me, since they have directly affected me in the past due to their business techniques, even though I refuse to buy from them. If they were doing it WELL I wouldn't even know, but they're being so blatant about it, as if they think it's ok to do so, they have gotten to bold.

Elate:
I don't care if they have to screw someone else over to do it.

Clearly someone with an opinion as selfish and immature as that cannot be reasoned with.

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