Retail

Game Trading Technologies ramps up

The second hand games reseller believed to be behind Best Buy’s fresh tirade on the US pre-owned games market has filed an S-1 for common stock offering as it looks to boost the mass-market credentials of the sector. Game Trading Technologies is a fast-growing business that deals with the acquisition, …

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Best Buy commits to pre-owned

Big box retail specialist Best Buy is to take the commitment it has shown to pre-owned games in the UK and roll-out a second hand games offer to all of its US stores from the end of the summer. As a result, shares in rival games specialist GameStop fell over …

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US: Pre-owned, digital grabs 1/3 of market

New research from US stats body The NPD Group claims that in 2009 US consumers spent a total of $4.5-4.75bn on pre-owned games, game rentals, subscriptions, digitally downloaded games, DLC and mobile apps. That’s around a third of the estimated $15bn US spend on video games last year. The numbers …

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E3 2010: Brink delayed until next year

Brink will not be released until 2011. VG247 reports that a Bethesda PR claimed the sc-fi shooter has been pushed back from its original autumn 2010 release window – a date given after an earlier delay. No reason was given for this setback, The game is being developed by Splash …

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2010 proving tough for GAME

GAME has released its trading update for the year-to-date in 2010 and it shows that the retailer continues to struggle in the face of what it describes as a continental High Street that continues to be challenging”, though it does claim to have outperformed the wider market. In the UK …

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GAME names new CEO

The search is over. GAME has found its replacement for former CEO Lisa Morgan. Former Vodafone UK commercial director Ian Shepherd has stepped in as permanent replacement for Morgan. He takes over properly from June 28th – four months after he departed Vodafone for new opportunties. At Vodafone he’s credited …

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Xbox Slim trade-in offers announced

As promised, UK retailer GAME has revealed details of a special trade-in offer that it hopes will entice existing console owners to upgrade to a new Xbox 360 S. The pick of the bunch is its PS3 Slim deal – hand over that machine and the redesigned 199.99 Xbox 360 …

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GAME offers Xbox Slim trade-in deals

UK retailer GAME doesn’t just see the Xbox 360 Slim as a chance to sell the console to a wider audience – it wants to sell the console to existing Xbox owners, too. Speaking via Twitter, the retailer stated: Looking for our trade-in deals for the new Xbox? We will …

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Xbox 360 Slim costs £199

The first UK retail listings for the Xbox 360 Slim have gone live with a pre-order price of 199, mirroring Microsoft’s promise that the new design will cost the same as the existing hardware. Play.com is the first UK retailer to begin taking orders on the unit, but expect others …

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Play.com launches E3 zone

Games and entertainment retailer Play.com has introduced a dedicated E3 section to its website where consumers can buy newly announced games. The Play.com E3 area is being promoted from the retailer’s homepage and offers up to 20 per cent off the latest games. Titles currently include Gears of War 3, …

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