GAME Australia sheds 281 jobs across 60 stores

...and that's just the beginning (UPDATED)

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A day after receivingexpressions of interestin its first creditors meeting, GAME Australia has begun the process of cutting back the headcount of its store, employees, and members of its head office.

In a statement released today, appointed administrators PwC revealed that 264 store employees and 17 head office employees have been laid off, and 60 stores closed across the GAME Australia network. “This is a difficult time for employees," said PwC's Kate Warwick, "and closing the stores was not a decision we made easily. However it is not financially viable to continue to operate at this level at this time.”

“PwC has been in touch with the Federal Government Department that deals with General Employee Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme (GEERS) and will assist the employees with their applications.”

We'll update this story with further information as it comes to hand.

UPDATE: PwC has sent us a full list of the 60 stores affected. To see GAME's existing 115 stores reduced to just 55 comes as a serious blow to its force.

Albury

Armadale

Armidale

Arndale

Ballina

Bayside Frankston

Bendigo

Broadmeadows

Cairns Central

Calamvale

Camberwell

Canberra Centre

Capalaba

Castle Hill

Charlestown

Eastgardens

Epping Plaza

Forrest Chase

Gateway

Grafton

Greensborough

Griffith

Hornsby

Innaloo

Joondalup

Kawana

Kingaroy

Kingsway

Knox City

Kotara

Lakehaven

Lismore

Logan Hyperdome

Mandurah

Manning Mall

Marion

Midland Gate

Morayfield

Narellan

Orange

Port Central

Renmark

Riverside

Robina

Shepparton

Smithfield (Cairns)

Southlands

Stocklands Cairns

Tamworth

Toowoomba

Townsville

Tweed City

Warrawong

Warringah Mall

Watergardens

Wendouree

Werribee

Willows

Wollongong

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