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GAME Confirms Head Office Layoffs

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Jonathan Lester
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GAME Confirms Head Office Layoffs

Firing From The Top

As part of a plan to streamline their business in the wake of ruinous credit insurance problems, GAME has made 46 staffers redundant from their Basingstoke headquarters. We can expect more cuts and aggressive restructuring to take place over the next few months, but with the retailer choosing to fire from upper management, it seems that they'd rather cull from the top rather than closing stores and laying off hard-working retail employees. Regardless, we wish the best of luck to all those affected.

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hurrakan  Feb. 7, 2012 at 17:03

They have a virtual monopoly on the UK games retail industry and it seems like they use this fact to force games publishers into shady deals that do not help consumers.

They refuse to stock games that I want to buy e.g. Blur.

They don't stock many games, especially PC games, and even more especially NEW PC games.

I only buy boxed games from Amazon now. If you pre-order and use first class delivery, the game always arrives at least 1 day early. My copy of SWTOR arrived 4 days early!

EDIT:
I don't really hope they go out of business. Woudld be harsh for people to lose their jobs.

Last edited by hurrakan, Feb. 7, 2012 at 21:03
musicrabbie  Feb. 7, 2012 at 17:45

This was on the cards after the disasters with Citipost and new website which allienated lots of people (is it working yet?). I hope the managers responsible for these failures were amongst those removed rather than customer-facing staff.

phil16  Feb. 7, 2012 at 18:17

As I said in the last story to a guy who worked for GAME - Get out now why you still can...

Matedodgy12  Feb. 7, 2012 at 20:08

Obviously I don't want anyone to lose their jobs or anything, but thought I would say a few words about GAME. My overall impression of GAME is that they dominate the high street. I really miss a high street with smaller independent game traders, but they seem to be a dying breed. I didn't like GAME's takeover of the competition, Gamestation, and the confusing relationship between them from a customer viewpoint. They pretend to compete and price match for example fooling no one. And, for the most part, GAME's pricing is really high, almost HMV pricing. Most GAME retail staff are young, but on the whole they have given acceptable service.

So GAME have a last chance to evolve. Cut prices to realistic levels (especially with their PC downloads), improve customer service, and clear up how they interact with Gamestation.

RiKx  Feb. 7, 2012 at 20:52

I never liked the image change to laminate floors, shelf after shelf just displaying packaging of the latest large scale release of moderncalloffifawarfare5 emphasising the bottom line...

Anarchist  Feb. 8, 2012 at 08:38

Game were all ways on the way out, their pricing has gotten to the point of ridiculous in this day and age. Thanks to the uptake of the Internet retail stores can not expect to get away with just trying to compete on the high street. But they don't even often do that anymore.

When they were trying to charge £35 for preowned dead island, £40 new, it caused me to curse their business into administration. Because their website was selling it for £20, tesco instore was selling it for £21, and they always reuse to budge. Daft offers for trade ins (offering £6 for a bunch of games HMV offered £25 for) is just the icing on the cake. They've tried to monopolise the high street and price fix unsuspecting parents into paying insane money for games that should be much, much cheaper, and it is spectacularly backfiring.

People are generally stupid, but they're not THAT stupid.

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