At least that’s according to HMV Group CEO and UK and Ireland MD Simon Fox, who is delighted following the successful acquisition of Gamerbase and the launch of the firm’s pre-owned range: Re/Play.
“We’ve thought of ourselves as being a specialist for a while now, but given our move into pre-owned and the acquisition of Gamerbase, I hope this will be seen as the ‘last piece of the jigsaw’ of a full, comprehensive and compelling games offer, and that everyone else will view us as a specialist from now on,” Fox told MCV.
“It’s important that publishers and distributors see us as a specialist because of the potential that HMV can offer them in expanding the market. Consumers no longer buy CDs, DVDs and games in isolation – the chances are that the same customers will want access to all three. So, we’re in a unique position to open up the market to millions of customers from all backgrounds.”
Fox also responded to criticisms over its pre-owned offer, insisting publishers have been ‘broadly supportive’ and that the range can be beneficial for everybody.
“I firmly believe Re/Play will open the market to the wider customer-base, and that we will all benefit in the long-term.”