Indies furious over Old Republic collector's edition

Dominic Sacco
Indies furious over Old Republic collector's edition

Independent games retailers are in uproar having missed out on stocking the GAME-exclusive £130 edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic.

The monthly subscription-based PC MMO developed by BioWare and published by EA hit stores as early as December 15th. The collector’s edition – featuring a statue, map, journal, metal case, soundtrack and extra in-game content – was exclusive to GAME.

“I cannot believe it,” Simon Mitchell from Eclipse Home Entertainment told MCV. “I am so mad. I had customers asking about this and now they’re going to shop elsewhere. Even if I had only sold five of the collector’s editions, that’s five customers who might not come back. 

“But it’s not GAME’s fault. Just give me a level playing field.”

Store manager Julie White from That’z Entertainment in Romford added: “It’s unfair the collector’s edition is only available at GAME and Gamestation. We would’ve got more orders. And it means I’ve lost £130 ten or 12 times. It’s absolute madness.”

Others are more understandable of the exclusive SKU.

CHIPS MD Don McCabe told MCV: “As long as we had the standard edition, I might not be happy about it, but I understand it. What pisses me off big style is a complete lockout which is market abuse.

“The Skyrim guide was only available to GAME and I find that completely out of order."

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