Why Next Gen Will Be The End for Physical Game Stores.

The next gen of consoles are around the corner but how will these affect physical game stores? Life has been tough for typical high street stores that deal in games. If we take the UK as an example, lead retailer GAME has been in the throes of financial trouble for many years. The GAME Group went into administration in 2012 and this led to a restructure and the loss of all Gamestation branded stores. Since then the GAME Group has changed hands a number of times. In 2019 alone they were forced to close 40 stores. Other chains, including regional ones such as Grainger Games have also closed over the last few years.

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LordoftheCritics40d ago

I'll be honest, I've only been to a physical store on the first year of this gen.

Been digital since then.

darthv7240d ago

I been buying more from Amazon or ebay. GS lost me a long time ago. Even their deals on 4 for $20 have been more miss than hit. If I'm going to a retail store it is a little mom and pop retro type that I'm finding 'hidden gems' at.

RpgSama40d ago

Maybe Physical GAME STORES, but not stores that sell games, you will still be able to buy physical at places like walmart, Target, Best Buy and Digitally through Amazon, even Gamestop will probably go online store only.

Knightofelemia40d ago

I still go in to a store and grab my games usually I might snag another title a long with it if the title is on sale or dirt cheap. I also usually go to pawn shops and snag games there that are dirt cheap whether its current gen or even last gen. Or if I am lazy I'll just order off of Amazon but I only go physical I had to go digital because of the COVID crap and I regret it. Game Stop I only like here and there is so I can trade a really shitty game towards a good game the reason why Game Stop is failing is because of their business practices and screwing people over. You buy a used console from Game Stop they haven't gone through it and cleaned it they just take it slap it into a box and just sell it. I'll deal with Best Buy, and if Wal Mart gets the game new which is rare. But I'll use Game Stop as a last resort if the game is sold out on Amazon.

Garethvk40d ago

To me it is a matter of service. Gamestores often have pushy or indifferent staff who often just want to upsell you. Their pricing is not always the best and especially in a pandemic, it is easier to buy a digital version online or get a disc via Amazon or Best Buy. I know it is is stock when I order it, I can have it to me in a couple of days or pick up at the store. I only go to Gamestop when we are at the mall mainly to see which posters/displays they have up. I have been by the store twice in six months.

Nyxus40d ago

I still buy all my games physically, but I mostly order them online.

TheRealTedCruz40d ago

Amazon is your friend.
Always good deals on console titles.

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TheRealTedCruz39d ago


The guy's an a-hole corporatist, but have nothing but positive things to say about the company, as a consumer.

Fishy Fingers40d ago

Your game maybe physical, but the store wasnt. "The End for Physical Game Stores"...

CaptainObvious87839d ago

As an Australian, buying physical online is the only common sense option.

Digital prices are a complete and utter joke, hence why I would exclusively retro game if enough useful idiots enabled an all digital future.

In store prices are usually $30-$40 more.

Toiletsteak40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

GAME have been in financial trouble for years because they charge more than anyone else for games.

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