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Blockbuster Back In Administration Again

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Administration, Blockbuster, High street, UK retail

Blockbuster Back In Administration Again

Blockbuster has entered administration proceedings for the second time this year. Stores will remain open while the chain seeks another buyer.

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GAME To Open 18 New Stores

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
GAME, High street, UK retail

GAME To Open 18 New Stores

GAME are still in the process of paying off their debts, and plan to open 18 new stores over the next couple of months.

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GAME Launches Free 2 Play Hub

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Free to play, GAME, High street

GAME Launches Free 2 Play Hub

In another effort to move with the times, GAME are starting to tout free-to-play games via their online store.

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GAME To Stock 3DS & Wii U Download Codes From Today

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
3DS Games, eShop, GAME, High street, Nintendo, UK retail, Wii U games

GAME To Stock 3DS & Wii U Download Codes From Today

GAME are now selling Wii U and 3DS eShop download codes in-store and online via email. Though this might initially seem to be just a little reactionary, most of these titles significantly undercut Nintendo's downloadable RRP.

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HMV Rescued By £50m Hilco Deal

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
High street, Hilco, HMV, UK retail

HMV Rescued By £50m Hilco Deal

141 Stores To Remain Open

After a truly torturous few months, HMV will avoid total liquidation thanks to a completed rescue bid from Hilco. For a cool £50 million, the restructuring giant will assume control of 141 stores. More details below.

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Gamestop: Next Xbox Is A "Hot, Compelling Device"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
GameStop, High street, Microsoft, Next-gen, Retail, Xbox

Gamestop: Next Xbox Is A "Hot, Compelling Device"

Game Prices Might Increase

Microsoft still haven't officially announced the Xbox 360's successor, but Gamestop reckon that it's a seriously impressive piece of kit. The major retailer is convinced that traditional retail will still have an important role to play in the next console generation, but also believes that publishers would like to see RRPs rise to absorb increasing AAA development costs.

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Blockbuster UK Rescued, 2000 Jobs Intact

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Blockbuster, High street, UK retail

Blockbuster UK Rescued, 2000 Jobs Intact

Blockbuster UK has been saved from total liquidation by a willing buyer, resulting in 264 stores remaining open for business.

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HMV Secures Key Releases With Supplier Agreement, But Games Take A Hit

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
High street, HMV, UK retail

HMV Secures Key Releases With Supplier Agreement, But Games Take A Hit

Buyout Negotiations Making "Good Progress"

HMV will continue to stock major new DVD, Blu-Ray and music releases during the administration process thanks to a new arrangement with its key suppliers, while the business is receiving a "positive level of interest" from potential buyers.

However, it's possible that the beleagured retailer will move to massively downsize their videogame collection or even stop selling them entirely.

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Deloitte: We're "Fighting In The Trenches" For Blockbuster

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Administration, Blockbuster, Deloitte, High street, HMV, UK retail

Deloitte: We're "Fighting In The Trenches" For Blockbuster

Administrators aren't robots, you know. Deloitte's Lee Manning, a man who's attempted to drag many a UK high street chain out of the financial quicksand into which poor management has led them, is currently acting as administrator for Blockbuster UK, and likens the process to  being caught in trench warfare.

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GAME Interested In 40-45 HMV Store Locations

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Deloitte, GAME, High street, HMV, OpCapita, UK retail

GAME Interested In 40-45 HMV Store Locations

Are GAME looking towards expansion less than a year after they so nearly fell into the abyss? Well, it looks that way. The big, purple, OpCapita-owned GAMEs retailer has been in talks with HMV's current administrators at Deloitte, discussing the possibility of a a few store acquisitions in towns where GAME is without a presence on the high street. 

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GAME Prepares For Halo 4 Midnight Launch, Expect River Thames Publicity Stunt

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
GAME, Halo 4, High street, Midnight launch, UK retail

GAME Prepares For Halo 4 Midnight Launch, Expect River Thames Publicity Stunt

Nearly 300 Stores To Participate

292 GAME stores will be opening their doors at midnight tonight to celebrate the launch of Halo 4. In case you haven't decided to pre-order it, stay toasty warm and get your eight hours, GAME Stratford will act as the flagship venue. There will be merch and complimentary stuff for the first fifty fans, apparently.

Microsoft has also teased some sort of publicity stunt happening on the River Thames tonight, between Greenwich Peninsular and Tower Bridge. The "amazing spectacle" (whatever it is) kicks off at 19:45, with fans advised to make their way to Butler's Wharf by half seven.

Halo 4 is a seriously impressive shooter and a near-complete package, with Matt recently awarding 343's effort a 9/10 score. Will you be queuing at midnight?

Game Offering An Extra 33% On Console Trade-In Values

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
GAME Group, GAME store, High street, Retail, Trade-ins

Game Offering An Extra 33% On Console Trade-In Values

If you’re looking to ease the pain of a pricey purchase for a Wii U or PS Vita this Christmas, why not take advantage of Game’s temporary offer? They’re offering an extra 33% value on the price of their trade-ins on the following consoles: Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS and 3DS.

The offer expires on November 15th, which falls short of the Wii U’s November 30th release date. However, you can always put the trade-in credit on a card to redeem at a later date, i.e. launch day.

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Game Providing Free Wi-Fi In All Stores By Christmas

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
GAME, GAME Group, High street, Martyn Gibbs, UK retail

Game Providing Free Wi-Fi In All Stores By Christmas

In a move to get more people into stores, Game are enhancing the digital experience on the high street by providing free access to Wi-Fi service in all of their shops.

A Game app will provide customers with information on products and stores will have QR codes to scan which will link to in-store promotions and products.

Here at Dealspwn we’ve often spoke about how high-street stores need to move towards providing something of a social hub experience, and while there’s no mention of them selling coffee and doughnuts and sticking a few chairs in, we’re liking the new direction the company is heading towards since the new retail boss, Martyn Gibbs, moved in.

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Hard-Copy Hang Ups: Boxed vs. Digital

Author:
Gary Pepper
Category:
Features
Tags:
Diablo III, Digital Distribution, Digital vs Retail, Game manuals, Hard Copy, High street

Hard-Copy Hang Ups: Boxed vs. Digital

Or...One Man's Quest To Put Diablo III In His Hands

Getting a new game, it's an experience that has been 'evolving' like a deranged Pokemon over the years. For a gamer that cut his teeth during the 90's golden age it can be a little hard to adapt to change. A lot of the time buying a hard copy game feels less and less a badge of honour and more of a chore.

Back in the day, PC games used to be objects of beauty. Mighty cardboard slabs, artefacts if you will, more often than not filled with supplementary content that not only enhanced my level of immersion but also sold the game worlds to me in ways that the somewhat low level of technology at the time perhaps could not. Manuals used to be such an important part of games for me. Whether it was in the car on the way home, on the bog or while waiting for my siblings to get off the computer, the game manual was always there to keep me knee deep in game lore.

Occasionally, if you were lucky, you got a map to pore over, planning routes and noting topographical curios to check out later on. Or perhaps you had a thick brick of appendices, displaying unit stats and tech trees, and all of the other illustrated information that any budding armchair general simply cannot do without.

Hard-Copy Hang Ups: Boxed vs. Digital

These days games comes in a sleek yet homogenised plastic slivers. Manual size is shrinking to that of junk mail leaflet (not to mention the worthless use of that space 'We Love Katamari' being a noted exception to this rule.) and supplementary material is the exception rather than the norm. There is the odd special or collector’s edition that breaks the mould but a shiny tin is hardly worth getting excited about. Additionally, one cannot help but wonder what black magic has managed to convince us to shell out an extra tenner for mod-cons that we used to get in the normal package before.

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Sony: Retail Will Still Be Important For The Next Generation

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
High street, PS4, Retail, Sony

Sony: Retail Will Still Be Important For The Next Generation

Despite digital distribution being the next console generation's rallying cry, Sony reckons that high street and online boxed game retail will still be important for the PS4.

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REPORT: Microsoft To Open London Retail Store In March

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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High street, London, Microsoft, Retail, UK

REPORT: Microsoft To Open London Retail Store In March

A new report suggests that Microsoft are preparing to launch a retail in the UK capital early next year, following on from the launch of the UK online store this summer.

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Game Launch Online Trade-In Price Checker

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
GAME, High street, Pre-owned, Retail, Trade-in, Used games

Game Launch Online Trade-In Price Checker

Want to find out how much your dusty copy of Mass Effect 3 will be worth should you decide to pop into town and trade it in at a GAME store? Well now you can do that online, as GAME have just launched a new online trade-in price checker.

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GAME Oxford Street Could Face Closure Over Rent Bill

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Baker Acquisitions, GAME, Game Retail (UK), High street, Lazari GP, OpCapita, UK retail

GAME Oxford Street Could Face Closure Over Rent Bill

...and just when we thought everything was fine.

It turns out that a fat unpaid rent bill for GAME's flagship Oxford Street site could mean eviction for the retailer.

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EA: A Lot Of Consumers "Still Afraid" A Year On From PSN Hack

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Digital Distribution, Digital vs Retail, EA, High street, Peter Moore, PSNgate, Retail

EA: A Lot Of Consumers "Still Afraid" A Year On From PSN Hack

EA's Peter Moore, having outlined a strong digital future for the company at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2012 Global Technology Conference earlier this week, has said that physical retail is still of crucial importance, not only because a number of consumers don't own credit cards, but because people are still incredibly wary following last year's PSN hack.

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CONFIRMED: GAME UK Sold To OpCapita

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Administration, GAME, GAME Group, Gamestation, High street, OpCapita, UK retail

CONFIRMED: GAME UK Sold To OpCapita

GAME's administrators have announced that the 333 stores still open have been sold to OpCapita. The Comet owners set up a company called Baker Acquisitions Ltd. back in November 2011, with Baker buying the UK arm of the GAME Group out of administration, safeguarding nearly 3,200 jobs.

The BBC reported yesterday that OpCapita's bid had been approved by a consortium of six banks, led by the Royal Bank of Scotland.

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