As mentioned in a previous article today, across the UK, both GAME and Gamestation alike will not be stocking and selling Mass Effect 3, (both companies are owned by the same firm).
GAME released a statement saying:
‘We currently have a supply issue with regards to Mass Effect 3, which means that GAME and Gamestation will not be able to fulfil orders for Mass Effect 3 at this time. We want to give customers as much notice about this as possible and provide them with a range of options ahead of launch”
Thus the eager customers that pre-ordered at either of these retailers will have to seek alternatives and quickly. However there is a small silver lining, both stores are offering compensation for this short notice. If you pre-ordered in store, and you visit between 1st of March and the 16th of March, they will give you Â£5s worth of reward points on the in-store customer cards. Anyone which made a deposit will receive a refund, and a Â£5s worth of reward points. Whereas people on line will get the refund and aÂ OnlineÂ voucher to any of theirÂ OnlineÂ stores.
But more importantly, according to a report earlier today by EuroGamer, GAME will no longer be stocking EA games following the release of SSX in March. But that is not all, they will not be stocking Nintendo distributed games either.
As mentioned in a previous article, which can be viewed here, GAME really are struggling, does this really mean the demise of the traditional physical store has started? With the internet become more and more accessible and with better pro-order exclusives in most cases, how long can stores survive? As all games become more and more digital, I personally think within the next few years, the traditional game store wont survive.
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