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Old 02-29-2012, 11:50 AM   #1
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EA pulls new releases from GAME shelves until further notice

Looks like Game are fucked in the UK and euro zone

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EA has pulled its new releases from both GAME and Gamestation's schedules, with SSX the last confirmed game from the publisher to be stocked until further notice.

Several branches of both chains have confirmed that pre-orders for EA titles, including BioWare's Mass Effect 3, have been cancelled, with refunds of pre-order deposits being promised, plus a 5 credit.

GAME have issued an official statement on the issue, explaining the refund situation in full.

"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.

"We appreciate that this is disappointing for our customers, and we apologise sincerely for the inconvenience that this will cause. We value the loyalty of our customers very highly and as a gesture of goodwill we are providing the following:

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 a 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.
GamesIndustry.biz has also obtained an image of the internal email circulated to GAME and Gamestation branches explaining the situation (pictured) to staff, with the company explaining it is struggling with credit terms from its publishing partners

"We gave the industry commitments - we committed to integrity and openness in our dealings, and working with everyone equally. We committed to only stocking products on which we could get the right credit terms, regardless of the title or supplier," the email reads. "We will not stock products if the terms are not right for our business - we will not sacrifice long-term credit requirements for short-term sales opportunities.

"As a result of us taking this position - a position that we believe is critical to our long term health as a business - we have taken the very difficult decision not to stock EA's March releases, including Mass Effect 3.

"As a specialist retailer dedicated to games and gaming, it is never easy to make a decision to stock a title, particularly one with such a strong fan base. But it is imperative that we treat every supplier evenly, that we stick to our commitments, and that we don't sign up to payment terms that will hamper us further in the future.

"It is even more critical that we manage this appropriately with our loyal customers/ We know they will be disappointed regarding Mass Effect in particular and in recognition of this we will be contacting our Mass Effect pre-order customers and as a gesture of goodwill we will be offering them 5 of reward card/elite points."

EA is pointing customers towards an announcement on the official Mass Effect 3 website which has instructed customers who have pre-ordered special editions of Mass Effect 3 from anywhere but Zavvi, Play, Amazon or ShopTo to re-order them to guarantee their purchase.

"For customers who have pre-ordered the N7 Collector's Edition please re-order your copies through these retailers," reads an announcement.

"For further information regarding the Mass Effect 3 Standard Edition with the N7 Warfare Gear in-game weapons pack, please check this page later today. If you have placed a deposit for a pre-order or are uncertain that your existing pre-order will be guaranteed, please contact your local retailer. Your local retailer is doing everything possible to make this process as smooth as possible to ensure you get your copy on launch day."

As well as Mass Effect 3, GAME will also not be taking pre-orders or deposits for FIFA Street, Tiger Woods 13 and Sims 3 Showtime.

According to our sister site Eurogamer, Nintendo's Mario Party 9 is another title that GAME will not be stocking on release day.

GAME's relationships with publishers have been increasingly strained. During February it has failed to stock new releases including Wii game The Last Story and Namco's Tekken 3D Prime Edition.

More significantly, Ubisoft's entire line-up for the PlayStation Vita was missing during launch week - although this has since made it into stores following renegotiations.

Both GAME's headquarters and Electronic Arts have been approached for confirmation.
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:15 PM   #2
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I walked into a GAME, and the first thing that greeted me was Zumba Fitness, Kinect Adventures... and a tiny corner full of PC games. Can't say I'm going to miss them.
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:52 PM   #3
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i cant recall the last time i walked in to any high street store tbh
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:12 PM   #4
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Its a joke of a chain. They arent telling everything either. Like refunds are actually store credit. They never hand money back. They're slimy bastards. And yes, tiny tiny pc section but a bunch of stupid mascot toys for the kids. Fuck off already.
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Oh no, they're refunding the money completely and giving out extra 5 store credit on top of it. So people are getting their money back. The store credit is just a desperate incentive to try and make the customers keep using them pretty much.
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:20 PM   #6
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Fuck game tbh ... I think them and hmv are dead ... I was reading that GameStop will look to buy what's left off game cheap ..

But what do they expect .. 40-50 day one for new games when I can get the, for 30 online ...

The high street is dead tbh.
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:52 PM   #7
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They don't seem to be able to get any Nintendo games either but the fact they had to cancel all Mass Effect 3 pre-orders is pretty the end of the line for them. That's a hell of alot of jobs on the line.
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:58 PM   #8
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All of whom will still be able to sit there clueless as fuck when GameStop take over tbh .. Most of them are so brain dead they are hardly living anyway.

Last time I went into the Ipswich game it was like walking onto the set of the walking dead .. A bunch of walkers behind the counter.
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I don't know why Gamestop would even bother really. There the company that if you pre-order on there website early they take the money straight away.
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:04 PM   #10
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They have been wanting into the uk for gameS for ages and looks like they will get game uk dirt cheap .. From reading the uk game makes good money it's the other euro zone countries are the problem by the sounds of it and have gotten the whole of game in trouble big time.
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Looks like its only affecting the UK

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In light of the news over in Europe between GAME and EA around Mass Effect 3, we would like to formally update you on our position locally. Each territory acts independently and we’re not compelled to act in the same light as our European counterparts. We’re in talks with EA here in Australia this morning and our intension [sic] is, as it has always been, to stock Mass Effect 3 for our customers.


Following on from this morning’s statement, Mass Effect 3 will definitely be available through GAME Australia. We look forward to seeing you on launch day.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:22 AM   #12
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its only the eurozone .. even though it the same name its not really the same company when it comes to trading .. i guess its a bit like the HSBC bank here .. i cant transfer my account to a US HSBC if i moved there as they are seperate entities .. stupid really
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It's not affecting Game here in the nordic countries.
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Looks like its just UK. You poms are useless.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:37 AM   #15
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now capcom are pulling games from Game .. they are fucked

and the rivals are cashing in .. just had this from shopto.net .. and who can blame them tbh

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Capcom have officially confirmed that Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City will NOT be available on the High Street from GAME next week.
Capcom recommend you pre-order Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City from ShopTo.net for the great price of 36.85. Click Here to Pre-Order
If you have any questions about Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City or any other games that you have pre-ordered from GAME please do not hesitate to contact the ShopTo Customer Service department for information to ensure you get your game for release day on 0844 318 1328.
FREE with every copy of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City: ShopTo are giving away free downloadable extra weapons to use in the game including the Machine Pistol (aka Steyr TMP) and Cowboy Shotgun (aka Remington SPR220) more details available here.
The official Capcom statement reads:
“Capcom must confirm that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City scheduled for release on Friday March 23rd, will not be stocked by GAME or Gamestation either in their retail outlets or on their online stores operating in the UK and Ireland,”
“Capcom wants to reassure its consumers who have already placed a deposit with GAME that a full refund will be available – please contact your local GAME or Gamestation shop or visit the online stores."
“Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City is available for pre-order from ShopTo.net.”
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