Struggling video game retailer, Game, is now clearly in distinct trouble.
Some shops have already been closed, but now whispers are that the entire chain could be on the verge of being shut down given the retailer’s latest problem.
Namely that it has lost its credit insurance, and has been unable to agree new terms with some publishers, which means it can’t stock titles from Ubisoft, Capcom, Nintendo and now EA.
Indeed EA has just issued a statement to clarify the issue. In a “March launch update”, the company wrote that: “It’s unfortunate that GAME is having challenges with its suppliers, however consumers have many alternatives both in-store and online.”
“Our first priority is to inform our consumers of the many other retailers carrying our games. We don’t anticipate any delay in getting our titles to market.”
EA then goes on to list the outlets where copies of big name titles that Game won’t be stocking, such as Mass Effect 3 which is out this Friday, can be purchased. Have a look at the list here.
Those of you who want the N7 Collector’s Edition of Mass Effect 3 will have to move fast, as it’s sold out across most outlets. In fact only Gamestop and Sainsbury’s now have it left, according to the EA site.
As for Game, it really isn’t looking good at the moment. The store suffered at the hands of a poor Christmas 2011 performance, which comes on top of the increasing amount of digital game sales (EA’s Origin, for example) and publisher moves to curtail the pre-owned market (such as online passes).
We’ll likely find out its fate sooner rather than later.