Seems that the future of GameStop may see itself more of a middleman for PC gamers as the company has plans to expand its catalogue with PC gaming products, which includes computers, monitors, and more.
Most PC gamers buy from Steam and Epic and Gamestop has a bad rep I doubt they will walk into a store to buy a digital PC game when they are just a click away with Steam and Epic. Gamestop is a little late showing up to the PC dance I know when I buy a game I either use Steam when they have their sales or I use Epic. And I doubt Gamestop will price match Steam and Epic or even have the kind of sales Steam and Epic have I can't even get Gamestop to price match Best Buy.
They’ve been selling physical and digital pc games for a while iirc, just very light. this is more hardware related with computers and monitors rather than the software side of things
Would you walk into a Gamestop and buy a PC monitor or buy the same monitor some where else?
That really depends tbh. I do my shopping at Microcenter because of availability and lineup, but those are so few in between. For people who don’t have one close, Bestbuy would usually be their go to, if not Amazon/Newegg. But tbh, if they stock decent quality sets at a competitive price, than sure why not. I’ve had no reason to ever go to a GameStop the last gen or two since I can get my console stuff from so many places. PC stuff ur pretty limited to either online ordering, or sticking with a chain like Best Buy and dealing with their lack of GPU and CPU variety and stock, which is pretty bare. Least Best Buy you can check monitors out so you know what to expect. I doubt GameStop could pull off such a thing, especially since most of their stores are tiny. Plus There’s the whole warranty situation and RMA for PC stuff that I don’t trust they’ll handle well. Still, having a place that sells GFX card and CPU outside of the bigger retail store like BestBuy would be a nice alternative.
They need to replace their scumbag employees. I swore never to go back to a gamestop after the purple haired woman behind the counter gave me a sass look and said "uh yeaa" when I asked if a random low demand title was out of stock.
@annoyedgamer You are such a whiny little girl, it’s amazing.
@knightofelemia While we dont have gamestop over here, I buy it where its cheapest as long as its a known store and has warranty etc. I dont give a rats ass from which store i buy it tbh.
I really wish they went the hardcore PC hardware route. Consoles are great but since CompUSA went away I have no brick and mortar to walk in and buy parts with people who know what they were talking about. At least that's how the CompUSA by me was. They had a glass case display full of motherboards. I used to just geek out at all the specs and stuff. Then, you could ask them to mod your comp how you wanted and most of the times they could. And when they couldn't, they'd say so.
That's just the thing - you find games to buy on Steam during their sales, and you find things on Epic's sales. No reason to think that Gamestop won't also have sales too. But this seems more focused on hardware. For many markets, Best Buy is the only brick and mortar option. An alternative wouldn't be a bad idea now that PC is growing so much. They're few and far between, but if a smaller chain like Microcenter can price hardware competitively compared to BB, Newegg, etc., then GS should be able to do the same. It's not the worse idea they've had.
Agree... and at the same time just a few years ago nobody even think of getting their games on Epic, it was all steam. So, I think depends on how much money they have to invest
I feel like it is just a setup to a deal MS and GameStop made last year. https://news.microsoft.com/...
Good luck to them. I like Gamestop but the PC market has long been dominated by players without the burden of brick-and-mortar overhead. Unless they can really sell the Starbucks "hang out" model I just don't see it.
Covid though, so hang out mode not in the cards at the moment.
They somehow manage to have 30 series cards or new gen cards in stock in abundance then this could be very good for them.
Good luck to them indeed. If they can reel in customers, good for them. But most buy online when it comes to PC these days - unless they fork out the nice box art and collector's eds consistently.
who has the time to "hang out" in or at a gamestop haha. or who would want that anyways.
Good luck to GameStop
Lol terrible idea
In terms of digital They will probably have to work with steam and epic to give digital codes so if they can match or have lower prices then them then it MIGHT work but I doubt it. Now, if they start to add pc components that would be great because where I live there is only Best Buy and no micro centers and we have some small pc shops but usually don’t stock things that Best Buy has.
Computer GAMES, I kinda have my doubts. Hardware, now you might be on to something. An up front brick and mortar dedicated directly to gaming, selling all gaming related computer hardware AND accessories, including high value video cards, cpus, and usb addons for various devices(including usb drives and various cabling). Printers even? I actually like it. I don't really have a good local brick&mortar that specializes in IT anymore. I think it would be a natural evolution for the store. If hardware stays hard to get for years after launch, I imagine a local store taking preorders or even reserves would see a lot of business during the launch window and even afterwards.
Very smart move, they've already started selling graphics cards recently, this is a game changer for a lot of cities and towns that don't have a Micro Center nearby, and now with Fry's closing there's no better time.
not a bad decision. might work out for them.
With the current prices for PC hardware insanely high, I find this a terrible time to begin expanding to PC hardware. They need to do something, but unless they're able to get the hardware we can't, and sell it at MSRP (at the very least), then I don't seeing this venture becoming a success.
If they could have decent prices on gtx cards or even gaming laptop deals, I might come by more often. I buy Steam cards in there as gifts once in every 2 months
Good luck taking on & beating Steam.
It's not a terrible idea. I find that selection at Best Buy for PC components and accessories to be somewhat disappointing at times. A dedicated store selling enthusiast gaming hardware, laptops and displays.. I haven't walked into a Gamestop in years, if they had this kind of tech, I'd go check it out. It's a smart play.
If gamestop started stocking pc parts that would be a huge win for me. The nearest microcenter is 40 mins away, and best buy honestly doesn't have a good selection. Ordering online has been my goto, but waiting for it to ship is a huge bummer.
Reddit investors or no they are going out of business within 2 years.
Better late than never, I suppose.
I feel like all of the commenters above haven't bought into the GameStop stocks hype? They're rapidly closing stores and moving to e-commerce, deals with Steam are just a part of how they're going to position themselves, it's already happening.
Best Buy has new PC hardware window shopping competetor!
Ya going the pc hardware route wouldn't be a bad idea , something still small but dedicated to all types of gamers . Honestly going into something as big as bestbuy is kinda sad really , I mean back in the day you'd have rows of physical media like cd ,movies and games but those pretty much gone the way of the dodo and just feels empty . If GS can sell ssds , vr equipment, monitors I'd be inclined to start going there again , it's probably been like 4 years since I've been to one.
I actually think this is clever. They could sell various PC components, laptops and accessories. With a selection of well curated items people would feel compelled to visit.
They really just don't get it do they? 🤣
I find it a little ironic that most comments here are quick to mention Epic games but yet go back 2 years ago and many were already doubting it's ability to succeed. There is zero reason why Gamestop can't succeed in a market with zero barriers of entry. Should Gamestop provide, superior service, flexible returns policies, exclusive deals that combine hardware/software purchases, loyalty membership and cross-promotional events then they have an angle to take market share. Use some imagination.
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