Many will remember the retailer GAME as the ones who halted the supply of retro to their sister store Gamestation. Today they're about to do the very same to their modern gaming customers. Reports suggest that they will not be stocking Mass Effect 3 or indeed any EA title past SSX.
There was a double hit as later in the day it was revealed that Mario Party 9 would not be available and a rumor that Nintendo itself could pull out. This could spell a grim future for GAME as consumer confidence takes a hit and customers choose other sources to get their pre-orders.
If anything the general outlook for the major UK based retailer has been looking grim for quite some time, with this news coming as no surprise. The reluctance to acknowledge digital game sales and the potential profit to be had in stocking retro games just goes to show how out of touch GAME are with their customers.
GAME have stated the following as a gesture of goodwill:
Customers who have pre-ordered in store, will have the opportunity to add £5 worth of Reward points to their card if they visit us from today through to 16 March 2012.
Customers who have placed a deposit for the title will receive refund as well as the £5 worth of Reward points between 1 and 16 March 2012.
Customers who have pre-ordered online, will be provided with an online voucher to the value of £5 to be spent on any purchase on our sites.
The story was broken earlier today by Eurogamer who have secured a memo which shows that FIFA Street 3, Tiger Woods 13 and Sims 3 Showtime will also not be stocked by GAME Group. Shares in the company fell by 15% following the EA announcement
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