Video Game Retail Stores Getting Digitally Replace?

Will video game retail come back?


what is happening to video games retail stores like GameStop, GameCrazy and EB Games? Is it because of gamer buying games online? Or it’s the company’s retail wrong doing? If you want to sell video games you need a retail store dedicated to gaming not going to a retail that has a section of video games. Back in the day, video game retail was in a booming market and gamer has a place to go to. To have tournaments, talking about the best video games and equipment and when you walk into that store it feel like a utopia. Also you see a video game on a commercial on TV and you just want to run down to your local gaming store and buy it. I don’t know if the games are cheaper back than (here is a picture of Funcoland prices)


Going forward today, some video games are still in retail but its digital now (you buy them online). Things change because of technology and these gaming retailers are going out of business maybe because of being rip-off or it’s convenient to order things online like Amazon. Let’s talk about GameStop, this is the biggest video game retailer as of now and which not only sell games but mobile products as well. GameStop is a dedicated retailer that let’s players have power (their slogan “power to the play”) to preorder, trade-in a game, console and accessories and buy used games for low price. You also get a magazine from Game Informer (owned by GameStop) with a PowerUp Rewards Card that gives you discounts and gain points. GameStop also sells new or used movies and a GameStop for kids. Even GameStop does have its problems in the past but It was a good play to buy games and for trade-ins. As for the video game industry now, it became digital but what will happen 20 years for now? What do you think? Should video games retail make a comeback?

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  • I don’t think retail game stores stand a chance. Heck it’s tough enough to be in any sort of retail these days, especially with competition from Amazon and its ever increasing list of benefits (to include same day shipping in some areas).

    Media consumption is digital only for a lot of people, to include myself. I consume music via an Apple Music subscription, movies via iTunes rentals, Netflix, Amazon, etc. and all of my games are digital.

    The one thing holding back the digital future is the lagging quality and availability of high speed internet throughout the U.S. Even those with high speed internet are likely to have data caps, and with the increasing size of games it’s easier than ever to exceed those caps. Fortunately my data cap hasn’t been strictly enforced yet, but I exceed it all the time between downloading games and updates on my Xbox, PC and mobile platforms.

    I don’t think we’ll see GameStop around in ten years, unless they’re able to entirely reinvent themselves and come up with a new, future proof revenue source.

  • I agree