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Game stores shut down

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 27, 2012

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ADMINISTRATORS announced yesterday that a computer game shop in Gloucester is to close.

The future of Game has been hanging in the balance since the firm called in administrators last week.

There were hopes that stores could be saved by the team brought in to rescue the ailing company.

But Price WaterhouseCooper announced yesterday that it would be closing 277 of its stores, with 2,104 employees losing their jobs.

It includes Game stores in King's Walk, in Gloucester, and the branch in Cheltenham.

The future of Gamestation stores in the county, including one in Eastgate Market, remains uncertain. They are owned by Game.

Amidst discussions over a package to save the firm, bosses admitted there was no equity value left in the group.

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  • thomas1996  |  March 27 2012, 8:39AM

    Anyone know if Tom Porter still works/worked at either of the GAME branches affected?

  • timshep14  |  March 27 2012, 8:12AM

    Hopefully the RBS consortium can keep the Gamestation brand and stores going. The Gamestation stores, prior to their takover by Game, were easily the best console gaming stores in cities, their philosophy and advertising, especially during key campaigns (AAA titles & Xmas) meant that Game were being to lose their 'clean cut' high-street image to the 'fun and innovative' Gamestation. So Game bought them out and turned them into another Game store with exactly the same deals and prices meaning we have effectively 2 identical 'Game' stores in towns. However, if we do lose the Gamestation stores, then maybe the small players can make their mark, such as Pink Planet (now almost defunct) as it CHiPS, or R-Games in Gloucester and the store in the Beechwood in Cheltenham. However, these stores now need to think of their future model, the new PS Vita is almost exclusively downloads as the games are cheaper and you literally don't have to pay for travel (or parking). Their models need to be based on a 'man' shop selling all types of what are seen to be male items, consoles, tablets (not Apple as they are aimed at ladies), gadgets, man-bags etc and all of the their accessories (game pads, memory cards, cases, touch pens (stylus), t-shirts, belts.......

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