Submitted by Tolkoto 1103d ago | opinion piece

Analyst: GameStop store closures could hurt industry sales

Transitions like the one the video game industry is experiencing — the shift from physical media to digital downloads and streaming — happen slowly. But its effects can send waves through an entire industry. (GameStop, Industry)

NagaSotuva  +   1103d ago
Do we get a discount on used digital downloads?
-Mika-  +   1103d ago
SMH, gamestop is closing down 200 stores and this is your only concern. Like are you serious right now?

Us american gamers need to realize that this is the only mainstream core gaming store. They closing down will be a huge blow to the gaming industry in america.

I just don't think you guys realize how much good gamestop has done for the core and the gaming industry. Like you guys need to stop being so ignorant and like seriously start supporting them.
Irishguy95  +   1103d ago

DarkBlood  +   1103d ago
making it sound like you guys are obligated too or something
LOGICWINS  +   1103d ago
Huge blow to the gaming industry in America? These people can't just go to Bestbuy, Target, or Amazon?
Boody-Bandit  +   1103d ago
I don't think digital download has much to do with GameStop closing down stores. I feel it has more to do with people purchasing their games via the net (Amazon) and other retail chains like Best Buy and Target that usually have extremely enticing deals for new releases.

Besides, when you walk into a retail chain, especially BB, you can gawk over the latest and greatest displays, sound systems, headphones, music, movie releases, etc and so on.

For me personally, Best Buy is simply more convenient. My Best Buy has the newest releases right at the front door. Walk in, grab it, walk out. Or you can go online, purchase the game, walk right up to the CS desk, tell them the order number, flash them your license, and your out the door in minutes. No one trying to sell you something you don't want or asking you to preorder stuff.
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KwietStorm  +   1103d ago
Lmao I don't even know what to bubble you down with. Their existence is the whole reason why we don't have those other game store options, including small business stores that they out out of business. And I'm supposed to support them because Mika is crying again. GiveMeABreak.org
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LouisGarcia  +   1103d ago
Please. I buy way more games than the average bear, er, American, and I haven't shopped at Gamestop in years. It's not too big a deal.

What the big deal may be is the lack of an Internet connection for people who can't shop for games online. In some places this could be a real wall for them. Heck, I worked in Alaska for two years, and if I could only buy games online, I wouldn't have bought too many. The download speed was barbaric, and there were restrictions on what I could download. But as a gamer, I don't think this is too big a deal.

The times are a changin', and people should catch up.
DarkBlood  +   1103d ago

yeah like im getting playstation allstars from amazon.ca because its 54 dollars, was originally going to get it from ebgames for the costumes but this is a better deal for me
daggertoes83  +   1103d ago
yes sir... 1 percent.
Lifeequals42  +   1103d ago
Where else will I go to window shop over lunch hour??
kevnb  +   1103d ago
I think it will help, people will just buy at Walmart or something. Gamestop rips people off, including devs. I really don't know why people let them do it either, buy used to save $5 then trade in games for almost nothing...
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Poroz  +   1103d ago
Ebgames/Gamestop what ever, With out a shadow of a doubt is the reason I quit hardcore gaming..seriously went from buying new titles to nothing. Playing every game I could to fuck it not worth my time. The experience I had in there store still makes me angry, I have gone back to other Gamespots I will admit, but only for old school Rockband games. That future shop does not sell. I would not be disappointed if they close all there stores. but I will say i will never again Trade 3 good games for 1 maybe hit..as far as pre order bonuses lets face it most of the time they suck so if you want my money, just make a good game, cause word of mouth has always worked for me. and in Canada you have to pay for your DL plus pay for your DL with Bandwidth. another reason I got off this game train.
Jobesy  +   1103d ago
You quit hardcore gaming because of a store? Umm, have you never heard of Amazon, Ebay, etc? Gamestop isn't the only place to buy games. No offense, but you're the reason why Gamestop gets away with ripping people off. You go back like a sheep to get ripped off over and over. One bad experience and you should have learned your lesson.
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Psychotica  +   1103d ago
"Playing every game I could to fuck it " - What???
josephps3  +   1103d ago
lmao. I said the same thing to myself, "What the hell is this guy talking about?"

For the life of me I could not even try to guess what he was trying to say with that sentence.
crazysammy  +   1103d ago
First off I want to note that I worked at GS a long time, and there is no love left there believe me. However no company closing stores is "good" or can be considered "no big deal" This does hurt the industry.

Now there will be retailers to pick up the slack, but many of the reasons people hate GS are why they do well with publishers. GS pushes reserves really hard and gets many people to purchase games because of the trade in system they have. I know not everyone loves it, but its true.

One thing to note though is that this article is talking about stores closing but makes no mention of the new stores opening every year. Over the last 3 or 4 years GS has closed lots of stores because they are opening new ones that are more strategically placed since after the Funco and EB buyouts there were many stores tripping over themselves.

So as the leases expire in those closely located stores they are moving (Which is essentially closing a store and reopening) or closing down the stores and opening them farther away from other stores.
Myst  +   1103d ago
Well thought out and said pretty much giving a clearer picture of the situation. Bubbles to you.
magus  +   1103d ago
good i rather gamestop shut down then hostess. Sold me a controller that didn't work after they assured me it was working.
ScubaSteve1  +   1103d ago
so they might become the next game crazy
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1103d ago
I use steam anyway. Better prices.
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josephayal  +   1103d ago
Game Consoles Will Disappear
KwietStorm  +   1103d ago
Oh of course. But when Gamestop closes mom n pop stores across the street, nobody bats an eye.
Nerdmaster  +   1103d ago
I think it's funny people that people hate GameStop because they bought used games for very little, and sold them for almost the price of a new game. It was the consumer's choice to accept it or not.
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ylwzx3  +   1103d ago
I completely stopped buying from GS years ago after they tried to sell me a new game they had opened and reached into a cabinet to get the cart. Then tried to sell it to me for full price... I'm sorry that isn't new to me. How do I know someone didn't just come in and traded it in and they sold it to me and mad a massive profit? Never cared for the lousy sales pitches while checking out either. If I wanted to subscribe to a magazine I would do it myself. Please stop writing trades trades trades all over my receipts too with a marker. Oh, and I hate they always put price stickers on the products where if you pealed them off it left a mess. The list goes on and on why I won't buy from GS anymore. Amazon FTW.....
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0pie  +   1103d ago
i dont see how it could hurt the industry... We will still have place like wm, bestbuy etc.. to buy our games. Who care if they close?

I think they only people who will cry if gamestop close will be the poor/jobless people who buy used games.
3-4-5  +   1103d ago
Stores will stock the top 20-30 games..

Beyond that, if it wasn't for Gamestop, everybody would have to order online.

* When I want to play a game, I want to play it NOW! That is why I drive to the store and go get it, so I can be playing it within 30 minutes.

Nobody wants to have to wait 3-7 days to get a game.

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