Indies: ‘Special editions for big retail chains are restrictive trade’

Limited edition games sold only in GAME and HMV are a restrictive trade practice, say indie retailers.

This includes products such as the 59.99 Forza Motorsport 4 Limited Edition exclusive to GAME and Gamestation, and the Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Animus Edition – which is for sale in the UK only via GameStop online.

Simon Mitchell from Eclipse Home Entertainment told MCV: I was annoyed with the Forza 4 Limited Edition which had extra cars. When my customers found out I didn’t have it, it turned a lot of people away. They left.

I would’ve liked the opportunity to buy it. But what I really do want is a level playing field.”

A leading indie retailer added: I was disappointed that GAME Group’s prediction for a good Christmas was based upon how many titles they had as exclusive special editions. This effectively stitches up all the other retailers, and as far as I’m concerned this is restrictive trade.”

Sam Semaan from N1 Games is more optimistic.

It doesn’t bother us,” he told MCV. We had the opportunity to stock the Gears of War 3 Limited Edition game. We ask our customers what they want first.”

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