Perhaps it's not Game Over for GAME?

It looks like a buyer has been found for at least part of the GAME empire...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17575500

It's already been closed in the town I live in, I doubt they'll rehire everyone and reopen it :/

Some are still open in the cities. I haven't passed by one of the stores in Edinburgh (where I live) but I was in Glasgow for the last few days and the stores in St. Enoch's Centre (GAME) and Union Street (GameStation) are still open. The others that I passed in Buchannan Galleries and Sauchiehall Street had signs in the doors telling you where to go so they aren't quite all gone yet.

Theres still some open in hull also, but none in my hometown or manchester which is nearby

The GAME over here is still closed despite one of the employees say it could be open (maybe they will reopen).
Either way I have no intention going back to that store unless their preowned games are really cheap.

It's not for all the stores sadly, but it's a start.

The one in the town where I live is closed and won't reopen.

It's already being taken over by yet another bloody clothes shop.

Rawne1980:
The one in the town where I live is closed and won't reopen.

It's already being taken over by yet another bloody clothes shop.

Atleast something is moving in, my town has another 2 shops that will probably be boarded up. Getting to be like a ghost town.

The flagship GAME store in Oxford Street is still open, but was empty yesterday in terms of clientèle, and they wouldn't let me in with my dog[1]... even though they don't serve food there so dogs aren't a threat to their business, that and I thought they wanted paying customers?, I'm not saying this to be an entitled wanker its just I wanted to buy some vidja games, GAME stocks vidja games and are in trouble and need a bit of money, I was doing my duty as a gamer and trying to give them money in exchange for button pressing happy times.

So I went down the road to CEX and bought 4 games instead, great service, not to mention CEX was the busiest I've ever seen them.

I-Protest-I:

Atleast something is moving in, my town has another 2 shops that will probably be boarded up. Getting to be like a ghost town.

You should see High Street Kensington and Kings Street, they were once the street's with the Privateer Powerhouses of Retail in London, since the recession all the privately owned business have shut, all that's left are franchises.

I live in Ealing (you know, riots last year) and we have 4 Starbucks', 3 Costa Coffee's and one GAME still trading, its fucking depressing. Seriously 4 Starbucks?, anyway I digress, GAME here give really good service, they actually fended off other specialist game stores.

[1] its not like he's a big dog either, he's a pom

DigitalSushi:
we have 4 Starbucks', 3 Costa Coffee's and one GAME still trading, its fucking depressing. Seriously 4 Starbucks?

Thats a pet peeve of mine. Not just Starbucks or Costa but coffee shops in general.

They always seem to huddle together, taking up massive areas. And they always seem to make their money. I don't get it.

How can one smallish city need nearly 20 name brand coffee shops that serve expensive coffee and stale muffins?

Surely a daytime wine bar would be much better no?
Please read in stereotypical French accent.

srm79:
Some are still open in the cities. I haven't passed by one of the stores in Edinburgh (where I live) but I was in Glasgow for the last few days and the stores in St. Enoch's Centre (GAME) and Union Street (GameStation) are still open. The others that I passed in Buchannan Galleries and Sauchiehall Street had signs in the doors telling you where to go so they aren't quite all gone yet.

This illustrates one of GAME's biggest problems - too many stores, too close together. That's 4 within 20 minutes walk of each other, and they weren't the only stores in Glasgow, only the city centre.
There was a similar situation in Dundee, where GAME and Gamestation were literally across the street from one another, though Gamestation shut up shop last week. Madness, that has cost a lot of people their job.

Abandon4093:

Thats a pet peeve of mine. Not just Starbucks or Costa but coffee shops in general.

They always seem to huddle together, taking up massive areas. And they always seem to make their money. I don't get it.

How can one smallish city need nearly 20 name brand coffee shops that serve expensive coffee and stale muffins?

I never understood that myself about Coffee Franchises, they seem to congregate together, its nice that they all huddle together but in London they are more common than McDonalds, actually their are more Coffee chains in London then their are tourists, its that bad.

Abandon4093:

Surely a daytime wine bar would be much better no?
Please read in stereotypical French accent.

You do know I'm French right? I AM TOTALLY OFFENDED!
:D

Anyway, can't stay and chat, I'm off to the Bistro to see Pierre and Jacque.

The deal will keep open 333 stores and save 3,100 jobs.

From this I'd guess that any stores that have closed will stay closed and seeing as they shut down their entire Irish operation Game are now irrelevant to me

Abandon4093:

DigitalSushi:
we have 4 Starbucks', 3 Costa Coffee's and one GAME still trading, its fucking depressing. Seriously 4 Starbucks?

Thats a pet peeve of mine. Not just Starbucks or Costa but coffee shops in general.

They always seem to huddle together, taking up massive areas. And they always seem to make their money. I don't get it.

How can one smallish city need nearly 20 name brand coffee shops that serve expensive coffee and stale muffins?

Surely a daytime wine bar would be much better no?
Please read in stereotypical French accent.

rich towns have those, cheltenham for example has a glut of wine bars (good times).

Maybe they will catch on, but they will be expensive ^^

DigitalSushi:
The flagship GAME store in Oxford Street is still open, but was empty yesterday in terms of clientèle, and they wouldn't let me in with my dog[1]... even though they don't serve food there so dogs aren't a threat to their business, that and I thought they wanted paying customers?, I'm not saying this to be an entitled wanker its just I wanted to buy some vidja games, GAME stocks vidja games and are in trouble and need a bit of money, I was doing my duty as a gamer and trying to give them money in exchange for button pressing happy times.

So I went down the road to CEX and bought 4 games instead, great service, not to mention CEX was the busiest I've ever seen them.

I-Protest-I:

Atleast something is moving in, my town has another 2 shops that will probably be boarded up. Getting to be like a ghost town.

You should see High Street Kensington and Kings Street, they were once the street's with the Privateer Powerhouses of Retail in London, since the recession all the privately owned business have shut, all that's left are franchises.

I live in Ealing (you know, riots last year) and we have 4 Starbucks', 3 Costa Coffee's and one GAME still trading, its fucking depressing. Seriously 4 Starbucks?, anyway I digress, GAME here give really good service, they actually fended off other specialist game stores.

Is that the GAME in Ealing Broadway? I always liked that place...

But near me, our local game looks fine, was in there on Thursday. I know it sucks that GAME is failing, but they did outrageously overprice their games so it made sense that they might be a causalty. Sucks, though.

[1] its not like he's a big dog either, he's a pom

Ours is still open (good thing too, I remember it on that spot as far back as EB in '96), with only an HMV and a CEX in the city it's good thing it may be rebooted.

More importantly, we just lost our only Burger King to the recession, so we're stuck with 2 McD's and roughly 527 Halal chicken shops in the city centre.

At least I can now redeem the points I have on my card! I was worried I would return to the UK and find that i'd lost them all!

 

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