GAME Australia not 'necessarily' impacted by store's UK troubles

GAME Australia managing director Paul Yardley says the local business is working on "viable alternative options" following GAME UK's financial troubles earlier this week.

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Earlier this week, British games retailer GAME called for administrators to help with its increasingly dire financial situation, including the removal of its stock from the London Stock Exchange.

EA pulling Mass Effect 3 from GAME UK stores was widely seen as bad news for the company.

While GAME is an international retailer, with operations in 10 European countries as well as Australia, it is now understood that the Australian branch of the business will not "necessarily" be affected.

Managing director of GAME Australia, Paul Yardley, told GameSpot AU that the Australian business will not be affected for now. However, he revealed that he will begin looking for options, should the UK business go into administration.

"The choices that GAME UK entities are making don't necessarily impact us here," Yardley said. "In case the UK entities do go into administration, the Australian management team and I are working hard on a number of viable alternative options for our business. We are fortunate that we have strong relationships with local publishers, and continue to work closely with them. We will keep stocking the latest releases, as well as honouring all our preorders."

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FazzaheisT
FazzaheisT

I'm going to have a nervous month and a half. I pre-ordered my Diablo 3 CE at Game.

cigloman
cigloman

Game are the worst games retailer is Australia,ni have had the worst customer service every one of the five times I bought a game from them. Every time you go into a store it's empty. They can't compete with EB, for the sole reason being there poor customer service. EB and JB are my top 2, hope game goes under really.

wolf503
wolf503

@davedrastic I do have local stores like JB, Dick Smith, Harvey Norman etc...I'd rather shop their than EB as an alternative but sometimes it's just nicer to be in a proper gaming store. I liked gametraders but they kind of drop the ball a little with the variety part. Better environment and larger variety. Just use GameCafe for games xD

AceBalls
AceBalls

Games are too expensive from the shops. The online market took over a long time ago. I bought Mass Effect 3 for $45 from Harvey Norman direct import...

davedrastic
davedrastic

I'll be a little saddened when GAME go (when, not if), but really only due to my concern for their staff as they mainly fail when it comes to everything else. Yes they've had good trade in prices in the past, but of late they've been giving peanuts, and sure you can find bargains on occassion, but generally it's rip-off ville as it is with any other games retailer. Other than JB. I do hope JB make a push to become THE games retailer in Australia, I think they so easily could.

davedrastic
davedrastic

Not affected for now - oh that is convincing. That's as good as saying this egg is not boiled, yes it's on the stove, but as of now it is not boiled. They need to drop not necessarily and say not definitively, or yes inevitably. I'm surprised an article like this is a) so late, and b) doesn't include any comment. Arse. Smoke. Blow. Don't. @wolf503 If you want to buy genuine Australian games from a bricks and mortar retail environment then yes it is a shame that GAME is going pop, as EB is pretty much the only aternative unless you have a JB or Harvey Norman local - and not everyone does. I'm really shocked by the ineptitude of the big mass marketers - BigW, K-mart, Toys R Us, Target and even Dick Smiths, when it comes to games retailing. There really ought to be better alternatives out there, but alas most of the quality alternatives are online retailers that specialise in imported, non Australian games. However, given that such companies do offer vastly better pricing that the Australian retailers it simply has to be the way to go. Personally I think EB are good on their sales, sometimes great, but many of their staff suck big time (not all), and their standard pricing is tantamount to daylight robbery but then at the same time typically better than the mass marketers.

wolf503
wolf503

I hope they don't go under. I really really don't want to have to give EB Games my money every time I want a game that I can't import or need right away. If GAME and Gametraders can up their game (no pun intended...no really) I hope 1 day they'll reduce EBs numbers.

xlord121
xlord121

are we all taking about the same GAME? Because you guys are complaining about price and i just bought assassin's creed brotherhood collectors addition for $22 online yesterday and ive seen some other pretty decent prices

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Yeah, how could they be in trouble when they charge $200 for a game?!

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

I've been there 5 times, and they gave me horrible customer service! I bought 2 games over christmas for Xbox (put aside for christmas I mean), and the discs were scratched, but it was past the return date so I was screwed! Said I could have scratched them EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE PUT AWAY FOR CHRISTMAS FOR MY BROTHER IN A WRAPPED BOX. So I don't actually care if they go under. Plus, the games are 50% less on ozgameshop, so there's no point shopping there. Skyward Sword is $45 on ozgameshop or $99.95 at GAME....