February 23, 2024

GAME, the UK’s greatest excessive avenue online game retailer, will not permit clients to commerce in bodily video video games from subsequent month, workers have advised Eurogamer.

The chain is anticipated to finish its long-running online game trade-in facility on sixteenth February, with remaining pre-owned inventory persevering with to be offered till it has run out.

GAME workers have been advised of the change, and Eurogamer has corroborated this with a number of branches of the retailer nationwide. We have contacted GAME itself for extra.

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It is unclear when GAME itself is planning to element the change, however in the event you’ve acquired bodily video games mendacity round you not need, workers have advised us there’s nonetheless a month to take them in to your native department.

GAME’s web site notes that the chain at the moment nonetheless accepts “most consoles, video games and gaming equipment” – though nothing “retro” (which it states contains the PlayStation 2 period and older).

At GAME, trade-ins may be exchanged for retailer credit score or a present card. This differs from CEX, the UK’s different main excessive avenue chain to deal in pre-owned video video games, which nonetheless gives money (albeit in decrease quantities than retailer credit score).

“Gaming is our core enterprise and we can be final man standing promoting bodily video video games,” firm boss Nick Arran advised Eurogamer sister website GamesIndustry.biz final yr.

“We see our place out there as proving that there’s a place for bodily, whether or not that be the collector’s editions, which we see because the vinyl of video video games, or the gifter who would not need to wrap up a obtain code for Christmas.”

On the similar time, GAME has additionally pushed into the toy market, together with Lego units and buying and selling playing cards.

GAME has been a part of the Frasers Group since 2019, when the corporate accepted a takeover bid value £52m.

The chain has since misplaced numerous standalone shops, however gained others through concessions in different Frasers Group shops corresponding to Sports activities Direct and Home of Fraser. Together with these, GAME now trades from greater than 300 places nationwide.