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So I'm wondering what the future of GameStop is.  The newest generation is clearly trying to push gamers into a pure digital download experience.  Nintendo appears to be neutral on the idea for now.  Could GameStop (heard a rumor some big changes were coming to their stores in October) being looking at a future with a close relationship with Nintendo?  Nintendo still has a major showing for physical games and Amiibo support seems to be increasing.  Seems like a good idea for Nintendo to use GameStop as a way to promote their brand and GameStop is going to have to adapt with Sony/Microsoft looking to continue to grow their digital sales.

Even the Monster Hunter Amiibo's coming are exclusive to GameStop.

https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/1306623958603706369?s=20

So what do you think, is GameStop going to the "ambassador" of the Nintendo brand? I mean, they even have Reggie on their board now...



Nintendo with the Switch:

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I don't want them to go away but even if both consoles were 100% physical. Gamestop is dying anyway from bad practices. Treating employees and customers badly for more than a decade. Still a lot of smaller chains tho of local game shops. Support those, please.



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Leynos said:
I don't want them to go away but even if both consoles were 100% physical. Gamestop is dying anyway from bad practices. Treating employees and customers badly for more than a decade. Still a lot of smaller chains tho of local game shops. Support those, please.

I support both.  The local GameStop that I shop at is ran well and has a good manager.  The other game shops in the area are good for more retro video gaming.



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I don't want to overestimate how quickly GameStop will die. But the writing has been on the wall the past few years and especially now with the COVID-19 pandemic and how GameStop bungled it. I haven't bought anything from GameStop since 2019 when I got the exclusive Azula Funko POP. Before that, I don't think I'd shopped there since at least 2016. The closest I ever was to a regular at GameStop was around 2007-2011. GameStop will probably die around 2030, but will downsize well before then.
There's not a place for widespread video game retail chains in the era of online shopping and digital games.



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Digital all the way, physical obsolete.



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I don't know. For me to ever care about being a GameStop consumer again they would have to quit hiring anti Nintendo trolls. It doesn't seem likely anytime soon. It's a difficult thing to ask low wage employees to leave their biases at the door and to remember that they should be a cheerleader for the entire industry, not just their preferred compan(ies), but it should be required. It just makes good customer service sense. I'm not the kind of customer to loiter and waste an associate's time, but if you want to engage me in a dialog about gaming (because that's what your customer service guidelines request), don't make every conversation into some console wars flame thread. If you can't handle that bit of cordiality, then allow me to shop for my Nintendo merchandise in peace. And this goes for any bias, not just in regards to Nintendo. These stores need to hold their employees to a higher standard (and breadth of interest). It is, after all, one of the funnest jobs you can have as a kid. Show some respect to the honor and the perks that come along with it.



I'm not sure they have much of a future. Covid lockdowns really hurt them. They're posting loss after loss each quarter, just announced that another 400 stores are going to close. Now we have the the digital only Xbox Series S and digital only PS5, those are certainly gong to hurt them even more, since it damages both the new game sales and used game sales at their retail stores. They might survive as an online retailer, but I suspect the vast majority of their retail stores will close over the course of this generation. I hope at least 1 of their 4 locations in my area survive the great purge, but I kind of doubt it.



I haven't been in a GameStop in years, but glancing through the window and at their website of late, they seem to be transitioning into more collectibles, accessories, and merchandise. This is definitely a smaller niche and they will almost certainly have to keep downsizing, but it seems at least somewhat viable.



super_etecoon said:
I don't know. For me to ever care about being a GameStop consumer again they would have to quit hiring anti Nintendo trolls. It doesn't seem likely anytime soon. It's a difficult thing to ask low wage employees to leave their biases at the door and to remember that they should be a cheerleader for the entire industry, not just their preferred compan(ies), but it should be required. It just makes good customer service sense. I'm not the kind of customer to loiter and waste an associate's time, but if you want to engage me in a dialog about gaming (because that's what your customer service guidelines request), don't make every conversation into some console wars flame thread. If you can't handle that bit of cordiality, then allow me to shop for my Nintendo merchandise in peace. And this goes for any bias, not just in regards to Nintendo. These stores need to hold their employees to a higher standard (and breadth of interest). It is, after all, one of the funnest jobs you can have as a kid. Show some respect to the honor and the perks that come along with it.

it is the funnest job because of the war



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