JS:GameStop managers will receive PlayStation 4 units and seven games at launch, GameStop has confirmed to Joystiq. The announcement was made at the company's GameStop EXPO, currently taking place in Las Vegas.
That's an awesome gift for GS managers
Sony is pulling out all the moves.
Where can I apply for a position of Gamestop manager?
It's a Gamestop gift, not a Sony gift. They're rewarding their workers with PS4s, probably because it is $100 cheaper. If Xbone was $100, they'd probably give that to them. How much management does a Gamestop branch actually need though? People who go there to buy games most of the time already know what they want. The rest of them are convinced by the normal staff one way or the other.
I doubt Gamestop bought all of those PS4s. Weren't they in financial trouble?
@gaffyh Management isn't for managing the customers lol. They manage the employees, making sure they come in on time and do the work correctly. Managers also probably have to do most of the paperwork for shipments and whatnot.
@Weedy - Yeah, I understand that. I just think managers almost everywhere get bonuses and paid too much to do very little.
@Gaffy: GameStop store managers supposedly pull an average of $38k, with a low of $28k and a high of $61k. That's really not very much. I've thought it would be neat to be a GS manager, but I couldn't support my family on that income. http://www.glassdoor.com/Sa...
Here in Australia the EB Games (GameStop) managers all work in store with the customers, they of course are in charge of other staff but they do work long hours on the counter.
Sony money hatting where it counts...at the register. smart move, as they instantly get favor at the point of sale.
@ Element - Their stock just rose 10%, I'm pretty sure they aren't in financial trouble, that was just the "hits" articles that provoke emotion and aren't really telling the truth.
Gamestop just closed 52 stores, they are in financial trouble.
This is a gamestop expo to recruit employees! So of course it is gamestop that is doing it. Since most people actually want a PS4 that is what any smart company would give away, especially since it is cheaper.
@ElementX "Gamestop just closed 52 stores, they are in financial trouble" WOAH! 52 stores?!?! That's like, an entire 0.008% of their total storefront count (~6700)!! /s They expanded too much, too fast. There are EIGHT Gamestops in my not particularly big county. That's why some of their stores have closed; not any sort of significant "financial trouble"
It's technically a bribe, but also a reward, since the GS people were so anti-Xbox before the policy change lol. Ah well, nothing new, same as Xbox and GAME stores.
If they are coming from Gamestop then it's not a bribe. Even if Sony were supplying them directly they wouldn't necessarily be classified as a bribe. You could "lend" the consoles to the managers in order to enhance their product knowledge. And then of course you don't bother to ask for them back :) I have drawers full of gadgets I've acquired over the years that way. Most are now obsolete but I don't throw them out as I don't technically own them.
yup my younger brother who is a manager here in one of the NYC stores text me earlier to tell me what he got from them. lucky bastard :)
Why is that when ms gave away consoles it was bad But now when sony does it its brilliant I am confused can someone explain this please.
It's not brilliant or new. It's just one of many "marketing" strategies. It might stem from the fact that PS3 had rough times and Gamestop was traditionally (and unofficially) aligned with Xbox. So, Sony and their new marketers are trying to create a better relationship for that word-of-mouth groundswell. At any rate, it's a bit different than giving consoles to the "journalists" who represent the collective voice of the industry. (at least in my opinion) Once again...not new...not brilliant...not unexpected...not all bad for either company.
Because it's GameStop that is rewarding its own employees. Not Sony. Why is it that you guys always try to claim double standard? lol Just like when the fanboys jumped to conclusions saying that Sony fans suddenly loved TV even though what Sony is doing is very different.
like the press, game store employees should receive free XB1s and PS4s - they are afterall the ones who sell them. Can't sell something to well they don't own.
I was told they got Vita's at their expo last year.
Wish I worked for them .
i think its stupid that MNGRS gets the system first before its employees do. because they are the ones that works harder than the MNGRS.
I second that, brother.
Im a gamestop asm or assistant manager and live in las vegas and will be at the expo tomorrow. I will find out what this is about. Pm me if you are interested in the truth as I will be there 100%.
Expect bias when you enter your local GameStop store.
Is it really bias if the PS4 is the better console anyway? Most gamers I know are leaning towards the PS4 and feeling it is better, even those on Xbox360 this generation.
"Is it really bias if the PS4 is the better console anyway?" That's a bias and an opinion.
Agreed, there is no need for complaining about this
"Is it really bias if the PS4 is the better console anyway?" That's kind of bias...
Well, there's difference between bias and opinion. Webster it.
When he says the PS4 is the better console, I think he means in terms of raw power. In my opinion though, the PS4 is the best choice that suits my needs.
Haven't you heard? They are the sole driving force for skewed pre order numbers. Between handing out flyers telling customers not to purchase the X1, not taking X1 pre orders, Gameinformer (which is owned by Gamestop) further spread misinformation and media bias with widespread panic "MS IS Evil" rhetoric. Why? Because MS going all digital would've been a major blow to Gamestop piggy bank
It would have been a mayor blow to gamers.
Yeah that's why some of their stores have Microsoft employees in their store advertising and they have Pre Order Xbox One all over their website.
1. oh, so PS4 destroying xbone in pre-order sales everywhere = gamestop skewing numbers. got it! 2. the information on the fliers was letting people know about MS's policies, just in case they may not have been aware. nowhere, and at no time, were they telling people to not purchase the xbone. 3. what misinformation?
But Sony are going all digital too. GameStop was against Microsoft mainly because they wanted to take all their used game sale profits and give most of it to the developers who made the game.
So Gamestop actively worked to make sure the PS4 was way ahead on pre-orders on all the Amazon sites as well? Or maybe Gamestop and Amazon are working together to bring down Microsoft.
@Kneon *Puts tinfoil hat on* We all know who are behind the ps4 preorders being far better, crab people and the Illuminati.
Ur argument is valid, so I agree w u. However, I must state that I disagree with the method u choose to redact it. What u wrote is true and logical, so, that can be considered a statement. However, since u include bias on redaction, its no longer a statement. It's now an opinion. Next time, avoid using bias, stay neutral and avoid the desagrees. That way ur ideas can reach more people on any forum with out being marginated or tagged as a fanboy. Good luck.
And this gen they have been biased towards 360.
What are you guys... trying to get revenge? That's extremely childish. Keep me out of these fanboys wars. I'm a Nintendo/PC guy anyway.
Good, then get off PS4 related articles.
Ever been to a GAME store in UK? The people jump on you for even mentioning a product other than Xbox.
Christ, not been to GAME in ages. Waaaay too pricy but I guess they are high street retail. Amazon + Play are a cheaper and better service :P.
I got called stupid by a GameStop employee when I told him I didn't want a 360. I think these biases exist in all game shops. It's only really natural. A good manager would make sure that the associate can at least respect the customer though. My current one has a range of associates that all seem to like different things, so it's nice just to go in and talk about games. We almost never talk about systems.
its not bias. ps4 is superior.
not really as i stated above my brother got all this earlier, he just text me about an hour ago saying Microsoft give them a free X1 also.
We already do.
dirty war is on.
I think every one in this current gen war ethier has a website or works at a game store, etc lol. Hardly any real gamers here so expect this to get way uglier than it should, web sites make more money that way.its like the borg have taken over gaming. The crash is coming and I can not wait.
They probably had a vote on it
Nothing like a bribe to secure display preference.
You mean like the way FACT MicroSoft PAYS to have the 360 at the front of the store...... Oh BTW general managers are getting a Free One80 also...Oh Neither are from Sony or MS they are from Gamestop corporate...Good try though
Maybe i can i get my buddy Will to sell me his at a discount since he's so anti-sony. :)
im jealous! lucky bastards! lol.
In 2002 I got a free xbox from MS at a GameStop conference. I also got a GBA SP, a DS, and N-Gage (lol) among bunches of other stuff. Its a marketing tool for the company and everyone has done it from MS to Atari to Nintendo to Sony. MS usually gave better free stuff every year but this will be hard for them to top.
I can imagine it: "Yeah I'd like to pre-order a XBOX ONE" "So would that be the PS+ bundle or the 2 game bundle?" "No a XBOX ONE please" "But sir. You can buy these PS4 bundles for the same price and you know all those xbox one games? If you sign up for our power point card you can get all XBOX ONE exclusives on PS4" lol.
UPDATE They just got free Xbox 1s as well. What a year to be a GS manager lol
Lucky s.o.b they get both.
Swap this around and the masses on here would be shouting from the rooftops that MS are paying off gamestop to push the xbox one. But as it's Sony its all fine and dandy.
Calm down, lose the bitterness and read this: http://n4g.com/news/1341104...
Saw this in another story. Wow, that's a lot of PS4's! Sony hooking everyone up this year. Even us gamers with a more powerful console at $100 cheaper. Exclusive 3rd party content, etc. " We contacted GameStop's PR rep Jackie Smith for comment and she confirmed the news to us and the fact that the free consoles will be given to all managers, even if they didn't attend the expo. In addition to the free PS4, GameStop general managers will also get seven PS4 launch game titles. GameStop currently has over 6,500 stores in 15 countries so that means Sony is giving out thousands of its PS4 consoles and tens of thousands of games to GameStop employees. "
well looks like i need to quit my job get hired at gamestop and earn management spot in 2 and a half months lets go
So MS gives away swag bags and the Sony force comes out in full force, however Sony gives Gamestop PS4s and it's brilliant?
"So MS gives away swag bags and the Sony force comes out in full force" link proving this idiotic statement, please.
http://n4g.com/news/545620/... for one. yeah i know it's old but I remember Just read the comments
ziggurcat, seriously? I wonder if this counts towards the number of preorders and/or sold?? LOL Umm.. MS gave some 360s away at a show, oprah or was it ellen... and boy.. were Sony fans up in arms.