Are GAME In Trouble? 

Highstreet Retailer in a bit of Bother

UPDATE: May 28 5:42PM: This article is speculation based, we have no official word from GAME that closures are imminent. We apologize for the sensationalist title, which we have now changed.

There is one shop on the high street that’s as recognisable as any, with it’s white font over a purple background, of course I’m talking about GAME. For as far back as I can remember it has been the go to place to pick up your day one releases, chat with the staff and search for those pre-owned  classics you missed the first time round.


GAME DIGITAL Plc, which formerly operated under the name ‘The Game Group Plc’, fell into administration in 2012 after suffering a series of financial problems. More than 270 stores were closed and around 2,100 employees were made redundant before the group was purchased by private equity firm OpCapita. Since then the company has seen its shares rise and fall since it re-listed on the London Stock Exchange, and now the company has hit troubled waters yet again.

Game Digital has told its shareholders it has lost “significant” levels of credit insurance after the second year of poor Christmas trading. This means that big companies would not lend to the company in the form of stock. This is a repeat of what happened in early 2012 when companies like EA, Activision and Microsoft would not lend to the group. In the letter sent out it was quoted as saying – “reduction or removal of significant levels of insurance cover.” This is reported to be around the £100 million figure. He also said that it “has had no material impact on the group’s ability to purchase stock from suppliers on credit terms, though this may change as the group’s peak trading period approaches”, The loss of credit insurance can have disastrous consequences for a retailer, similar to what happened to the high-street stores such as Woolworths, Focus DIY and Zavvi. Without the cover, which protects suppliers, retailers will struggle to buy sufficient quantities of stock.



According to the letter, Chairman David Hamid said:

“This has had no material impact on the group’s ability to purchase stock from suppliers on credit terms, though this may change as the group’s peak trading period approaches.”

This news comes as a shock to employees who fear for the future of their jobs. We have been informed by a GAME employee that the future for the company relies on E3. He asks to remain anonymous but said:

“Staff are fearing for their jobs as we don’t know what the future holds. We have been told it all relies on E3 and what the companies announce, along with demand of up and coming games. We have had a poor few years as the transition to next-gen for consumers did not happen as quick as anticipated”

Even with 60 million “next-gen” consoles sold world-wide it has taken a few years and much longer than industry specialists thought it would for people to upgrade.

We need something new to sell” our source said, “However the rumored upgraded Xbox and PlayStation Consoles are not what people want just yet, it’s just too early as people have only recently made the transition. Nintendo are keeping quiet about the NX and it’s still uncertain if they will release before April 2017 (this financial year)”.

At present EA have cut ties with us and we can’t get the stock, that’s going to have a huge impact on us with the AAA games they have coming out towards the end of the year, at present we have only been given enough stock to fulfill Pre-Orders for Mirrors Edge. If this is a poor E3, or things are not coming out till later 2017 then we could be in serious danger of closures!”

This news is a sad affair, if the stores can’t provide stock then it will drive consumers towards online retailers, thus having a knock on effect as GAME loses even more custom. We are keeping a close eye on things at OutofLives as GAME is needed on our High Street and will be another loss to us consumers. I personally will miss the midnight launches and finding those hidden gems in stores. That said I won’t miss the constant “do you want to pre-order anything while your here?” question anymore. We hope this isn’t anything more than just speculation and fears of the staff, we almost lost GAME once, we don’t want to lose them now.

This article is speculation based, we have no official word from GAME that closures are imminent.



Ross worked here once? what ever happened to him?
    46 Comments on this post.
  • nICKY lEE
    28 May 2016 at 10:56 am
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    This is devastating for the Guys and Girls who are dedicated to sharing their passion for Games/Gaming etc, I have personally witnessed staff in my local store go out of their way for their customers while I worked there as a Christmas Temporary Sales Assistant.

    Personally I think that GAME will be sadly missed from the High Street

  • Ross Miller
    28 May 2016 at 11:21 am
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    I Agree Nicky, every high-street would be worse off with-ought a Game on them,we can all hope that the company get the sales they require to keep the business afloat for all the staffs sake.

  • John FrOsT
    28 May 2016 at 11:44 am
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    Biggest load of rubbish I’ve ever read. You should resign

  • Brian
    28 May 2016 at 12:05 pm
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    Game alway been a friendly place to walk into even for the my kids staff always more then happy to help & give advice on games.

    Will be a truly sad day to see Game close for good will be missed been shopping there long as I can remember but I know it was the first place I got my Saga 8bit from & the first I toke my kids to get there first games from they love Game can’t walk past with out one of my 3 girl’s saying Dad can we go in lol like I’m going to say No.

    Alot of people go on about Game’s prices yes they can be a little more then the Supermarket’s but your getting better survice at Game then Supermarket’s & better cover on the products you buy from Game & alot better deals from Game.

  • Sarah Norris
    28 May 2016 at 12:44 pm
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    Well I’m a store manager for GAME and have to say this is the biggest load of crap I’ve ever read. Sounds like a disgruntled ex-employee stirring it if you ask me. Of course times are tough – show me a company or business for whom it isn’t right now – but we’re in no danger of ‘mass closures’, the company have actually been increasing the number of physical properties in their portfolio. You need to stop printing this stuff without credible sources, concrete facts and ‘if’s!

    • Ross Miller
      28 May 2016 at 1:03 pm
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      for everyone’s sake i hope your right Sarah, personally when i heard this i wrote this hoping that the worker was incorrect, and Game will continue as normal ! as a frequent visitor for many years i would miss the visits to my local store.

    • Joseph
      29 May 2016 at 12:37 pm
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      Thing is the last time GAME went into administration they flat out denied there was a problem right up the the very last moment – and for obvious reasons. IF there is any possibility the company is on the way out (and lets be honest, GAME aren’t long for this world even if this particular report is just pure speculation) they’re hardly going to be singing it from the roof tops. Would you hang around if you knew you could be out of a job by the end of the year? No, of course not. GAME, like all retailers, like to play things close to their chest in a scenario regarding closure and yes that means keeping the front line staff in the dark as well.

  • Paul Stewart
    28 May 2016 at 12:53 pm
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    sad times but cheap games 😀

  • DAVE
    28 May 2016 at 2:02 pm
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    I didnt even know game still had stores 🙂

    Its mad to think people still buy games (hard copies) when you can have all your content downloaded on consoles these days. Am more of a PC gamer and with the likes of steam and EA’s platform i would be scared if i owned or worked for a store like game.

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    28 May 2016 at 2:17 pm
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    Dave this for real?

    • Dave Girvan
      28 May 2016 at 2:36 pm
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      Lol no thats hilarious! No truth in that XD

  • old GIt
    28 May 2016 at 6:37 pm
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    I never ever buy from Game instore. Why would I when I can get it delivered from them to my home cheaper?
    If they had the same price instore as online then it wouldn’t be a problem and o would be happy to shop there. But why should I spend money on fuel to drive 5 miles away from home to pay more?
    It just doesn’t make sense!

  • Justme
    28 May 2016 at 10:55 pm
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    Who in the right mind would pay more for games when we have Amazon and steam sales? Same games but up ALOT cheaper

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    28 May 2016 at 11:29 pm
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    Nice game

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