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GAME Australia to officially cease trading July 8th

PwC announced on June 19th that all remaining GAME stores were set to close due to an "absence of viable options for purchase."

Today, PwC have confirmed that the day has come, and all remaining GAME outlets are to close for good on Sunday July 8th.

GAME began as Games Wizard in Australia in 1990, and at its peak had 118 stores nationwide. Best of luck to everyone involved.

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  • CUFCfan616 - July 8, 2012 7:03 p.m.

    I've bought about 2 games in stores over 4 years of being in Australia. They're ridiculously overpriced compared to Europe, The US or Asia. Paying an extra $40-50 for a new game for no reason at all (even on digital games) is sick and as said above, Game were a victim of their own business model. A lot of Australian retailers are and will go the same way because they're too rigid in their business model and unwilling to bend to the demands of the new generation of consumers and internet shopping (Australia is still about 10 years behind Europe and the US when it comes to internet shopping. Many major stores have a pdf of their sales catalogue on their website and that's it). As it is, I'll continue to import my games from the UK as it's stupidly cheaper to import it from the other side of the world than it is to buy here. As was also said above, second hand games were also stupidly overpriced. Sometimes I'd see a game a few months old dropped in price and then the second hand games would actually be priced higher than a new copy. EB games will be next
  • pin316 - July 8, 2012 6:44 p.m.

    But why even bother looking for used games anymore? As long as you aren't chasing copies of games within the first 3-6 months of release, you can buy new copies from online stores for cheaper than used ones from ebay. I fork out full price if it's something I want to play day one (usually if very interested in multiplayer aspect and want to get in at the beginning), anything else I buy later down the track. Recently I picked up new copies of Mass Effect 2, Assasins Creed Brotherhood and Revelations, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Dark Souls and Vanquish, all for between 10 and 20 GBP (15-30 AUS/USD). and because I buy new copies a cut still goes to the pubs/devs...it's the stupidly high margins that the actual retailers impose that are cut away. That's why am not really too sympathetic to Game - they are a victim of their own greed. Buying out the competition to fix prices of physical retail stores, taking advantage of the casual market who don't know any better, basically nothing but a rip-off job. Good riddance to a company that was doing nothing apart from sucking life out of the industry
  • lazer59882 - July 8, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    who gives a fuck? i mean honestly, australia doesn't get good games anyway cause their government is fucked up, so who cares? australians never got good games, and they will continue to not get them, for the sole reason that they live in the asscrack of the world fucking australia
  • Rambo 11 - July 8, 2012 8:21 p.m.

    You should learn to keep your mouth shut before you say something you ignorant piece of shit. Australia gets pretty much every game America and the UK gets aside from the few that don't get through the BOC, and our "fucked up government" is working to allow for an R rating for games as soon as possible.
  • SumthingStupid - July 9, 2012 5:47 a.m.

    yea youre right who does give a fuck that people will have less places to go to buy games for a hooby that they love. Also who would even give a fuck about how 118 stores are shutting down and a lot of people will be losing their jobs, who cares about those people?
  • tehtimeisnow - July 8, 2012 12:59 a.m.

    makes sence that game store is go out of buziness cuz everyone is just bying iphone games now cuz ipohne is the future and it has just abuot taked over both handheld gameing and consoles
  • Tjwoods18 - July 8, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    God have mercy on your children.
  • J-Fid - July 8, 2012 7:51 p.m.

    I doubt he will ever have children, he's too busy playing his iphone. Give it up, he's hopeless...
  • dlam - July 7, 2012 12:55 p.m.

    =[ =[ =[
  • KA87 - July 7, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    I have never heard of GAME Australia before, we don’t have them in the rural Midwest. Was it a really good store? I wish those who will be looking for new jobs well.

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