This week’s cover story will come as something of a shock, particularly to GAME Group and the indie community – but also because it comes just a few weeks after we all thought UK games retail had settled down a little.
GAME’s acquisition of Gamestation has been cleared, and it appeared that the now-dominant retailer had the UK market in the palm of its highly profitable hand.
As we reported the week after the deal was done, the £74 million acquistion was a major factor in halting GameStop from unleashing a full-scale assault on the UK market.
Nevertheless, it seems that Play N Trade is up for the fight – and there’s no mistaking its ambitions or indeed its confidence.
Here’s to another year of shenanigans on the High Street.