A source with GameStop has revealed to OmniGamer that due to this generation versions of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Battlefield 4 missing sales marks that the company is forced to cut back midnight launch employee hours by 30-40 percent.
I can tell you from my own experiences in retail, that if they where not getting enough pre-orders for one store they would look at grouping two or three stores together or just not have a midnight release for the under preforming stores.
A lot of people doing digital downloads. No reason to go out and get it if there isn't a special going on. I will be going to Target on the 15th to get BF4, Madden 25 and Diablo 3.
Well what did they expect, most people will be waiting for the next-gen version, and if they don't call people and tell them that they can pick up Ghosts for PS4 next Tuesday they are going to be looking at bad numbers again(I was an assistant manager in retail once)
First Foodstamps Now this.
The GS I shop at sometimes doesn't have midnight releases because they're rather new, and for a while they just weren't selling enough pre-orders to justify it. I was told by the manager the other day though, that they have a midnight release every week in November, two due to console launches. Otherwise, per store, they're talking about 4-5 extra hours per person. Assuming an average of $8/hr pay rate for them(I assume the manager there is salary), that's about $40 extra per store. Over 6600 stores, that's $264,000+associated taxes.
we were cut from 230 hours for the week to 130...
Its True went to pay off my preorder today and the manager told me she had to not hire some people because they cut like 70 hours.
GameStop, screwing both gamers and employee's.
It's business. If they don't think they'll make money, why exactly should they do it? They aren't screwing anyone. I'm no fan of Gamestop as a business, but I'm also not a fool.
You don't say? I own a IT company so yes I'm aware how the business world works. But their reputation is widely known. From both the consumer side and the employee side and this is not the first story about this here. Last time we had GameStop employees post. "During fiscal 2012, GameStop generated $632.4 million in operating cash flow and spent $151.2 million in capital expenditures and other investments generating free cash flow of $481.2 million. The company repurchased $409.4 million of GameStop stock during fiscal 2012, including 3.2 million shares, or $74.7 million worth of stock, during the fourth quarter. In February 2012, the company initiated a dividend payout to its shareholders and paid out $102 million in dividends during 2012. Paul Raines, chief executive officer, stated, “As we look towards the start of the new console cycle, our industry market model indicates a return to growth with the launch of new game systems. GameStop is strong, healthy and ready to lead the industry and its customers into the next phase of gaming.”
*An* IT company bro. AN.
Ignored for a reason. So we don't waste our time.
Who the heck deals with gamestop anyway ...
Amazon all the way.
i never actually bought a video game through amazon im not really sure how it works such as is it on your doorstep the date of release? and what would happen if something happens to the ups truck and its delayed two of my biggest fears
@Prince, yes if you get release day delivery the game will be at your home on release day. Granted you'd have to wait around for UPS, but that will beat standing in a crazy line especially during the launch of the new consoles or some big game lol.
I like the pre-order bonuses, the closeness of the store and that I can make payments on my pre-orders, instead of them just taking the money all at once. It's "cool" to hate GameStop, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a great place to shop for video games. You always have a few fools, but most of the people that work there are at least aware of what's going on in the video game biz and have a clue what you are talking about when you ask about a certain game or whatever. If you dislike them for their trade-in rates.. well, that's just foolish. It's a service they offer. You don't have to take them up on it. If you don't like what they offer, go somewhere else. It's that easy. (FYI: I don't work at GameStop, nor have I ever. I'm just old enough to know what I like and what I don't like.)
surprisingly balanced opinion for n4g, kudos
Very well said.
A lot of people [sadly] don't have a choice, since Gamestop pulled a Walmart, moved into towns and small markets, and put small game stores out of business.
How? They do midnight launches based on pre-orders, if nobody is pre-ordering they don't do it. I remember this because when PS3 first released, there were not enough units to warrant midnight launches, and people were mad because UT3 didn't get it. If your store has pre-orders, but not many, then the manager is able to move your pre-order to a store with more orders for midnight. The lack of sales is no surprise to me though. Not a single friend on my playlist is playing either game, and nobody on my FB has even mentioned either game. Hell I didn't even realize AC released already.
im a manager at gamestop and yes we are cutting hours.....why because honestly yes sales for BF4 and creed were down..... right on point.... lol funny to see this out in public
I'm sure that both of those games will get a boost, though probably modest, from next-gen console releases. In my area, aside from CoD and Madden, midnight launches are rare.
They should realise that Next Gen is a few weeks away. People are waiting to get their fix on those new platforms!
Exactly. I don't know why this comes as a surprise. Very few people are interested in pre-ordering cross-generation games for the current gen consoles. Like you said, people are holding out for the XB1/PS4 versions.
I always get my new game releases on newegg. never retail because Newegg always has a sweet deal going on for pre orders. Like when the new gears judgement came out newegg had a 20.00 off so rather then paying 64.00 it was only 44 shipped. Plus I dont think people remember "Target" has a buy 2 PS4 titles get 1 free. Gamestop NEVER has great deals there based solely on ripping off the customer. I will be at target for my B2G1
Eh, that's maybe true and not true. First of all, the schedule is done on the local level. AKA: the head manager of each store divides out the hours. So, any head in their right mind will keep the midnight launches full... It just means the rest of the week is f***ed. Business, yo.
It OBAMACARE. Has nothing to do with sales. Get ready boys and girls, next he is going to grant amnesty.
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I work @ Gamestop (2nd part time job) my hours have actually gone way up since the GTA V launch. GS usually gives 4 hour shifts, lately I been on 8 hour shifts. so idk
Maybe you're just awesome. Did you ever think of that smart guy? :P
of course I thought of that! I am me! nah jk haha no idea, I try to be a good person so maybe thats a 'reward" lol
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