The recent developments at GAME flies in the face of a 'successful' supplier meeting last week.
The event is subject to a strict NDA but MCV has been told that CEO Ian Shepherd delivered a ‘brave and compelling’ speech, leaving 100 execs with a plan on how they can help the specialist.
According to one source, the meeting even ended with a round of applause.
“It’s important that GAME survives and I’m positive we can move forward together and make money from each other,” says one publishing exec. “GAME is not dead and won’t be if we all muck in.”
However, there was caution from some quarters. Which appears to have been proven out, with news that Mass Effect 3 and Mario Party 9 – amongst others – will not be stocked by the retailer.
“We all want to support GAME,” said another firm. “But I’m not convinced the plan goes far enough. Some suppliers can’t be as flexible as GAME wants if they are governed by Japan or the US head offices.”
MCV also understands there were a few notable absentees from the summit. GAME?will no doubt want to win these firm back.