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EB Games (formerly known as Electronics Boutique) is an international computer and video games retailer, established as an American company in 1977 by James Kim with a single, electronics-focused kiosk, located in a suburban Philadelphia mall in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The operation mainly sold calculators and digital watches. Between 1977 and the mid-1990s, the company expanded to (and later stopped) selling computers and other related items. In the mid-1990s, the company's focus switched to TV-based video games and consoles, though many stores still maintain PC game sections. Prior to an October 2005 merger, when the company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of GameStop Corp., the international headquarters were located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. After the merger however, EB Games moved its international headquarters to Sadsburyville, Pennsylvania shortly before the overhaul and reorganization of Southeastern Pennsylvania by Gamestop Corp. Gamestop sold off EB Games' headquarters in Sadsburyville shortly after the new 2006 year. Electronic Boutique's former headquarters in Sadsburyville, Pennsylvania is currently owned and operated by the company C.T.D.I. which also has a facility in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Merge-arrows. ... GameStop Corporation (NYSE: GME), whose headquarters are in Grapevine, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), is the worlds largest video game and entertainment software retailer. ... Electronics Boutiques current logo. ... Electronics Boutiques current logo. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 536 pixelsFull resolution (1792 × 1200 pixel, file size: 363 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 536 pixelsFull resolution (1792 × 1200 pixel, file size: 363 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Namcos Pac-Man is one of the most popular video games ever made. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... King of Prussia is an unincorporated community in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in October 28: Richard Smalley 26: Emil Kyulev 24: José Azcona del Hoyo 24: Rosa Parks 23: Stella Obasanjo 22: Liam Lawlor 22: Shirley Horn 20: Endon Mahmood 17: Ba Jin 10: Milton Obote 7: Charles... GameStop Corporation (NYSE: GME), whose headquarters are in Grapevine, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), is the worlds largest video game and entertainment software retailer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... GameStop Corporation (NYSE: GME), whose headquarters are in Grapevine, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), is the worlds largest video game and entertainment software retailer. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


As of July 30, 2005, the company operated 2,280 stores in the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Austria and Spain, primarily under the names EB Games and Electronics Boutique. The company operates an e-commerce and international website at http://www.ebgames.com . There is also an Australian EB Games website at http://www.ebgames.com.au and a New Zealand EB Games website at http://www.ebgames.co.nz , while neither support full online shopping like the international website does, they both have many games available for purchase and download at EB Games Australia - Digital Downloads for Australia and EB Games New Zealand - Digital Downloads for New Zealand. The company changed its corporate name to EB Games within the past few years, but the retailer is often still referred to as Electronics Boutique. The company still has stores named Electronics Boutique, EB Games, EBGameworld, EBX, Stop-N-Save, and EB Kids. The reasoning behind the multiple names is not known, but it is speculated that it is to get around a restriction in many malls that there cannot be two stores with the same name. It was believed that this was the same reason that GameStop had not commenced renaming EB Games stores, however this has been disproven since Gamestop has indeed rebranded all stores to GameStop beginning mid-spring 2007, after the acquisition of Rhino Video Games. . is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

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Merger

On April 18, 2005, EB Games and GameStop announced a proposal to merge into one company called GameStop Corp. The merger was approved by the shareholders of both corporations and completed in October 2005, at the cost of many EB Games personnel both at the West Chester headquarters and in the field. In September 2006, the two companies completed what they considered the last major milestone in combining operations -- accepting EB Games gift cards and store credits at GameStop and vice-versa. As of 2008, the majority of all EB Games stores in the US are now running under the GameStop brand. is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... GameStop Corporation (NYSE: GME), whose headquarters are in Grapevine, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), is the worlds largest video game and entertainment software retailer. ... GameStop Corporation (NYSE: GME), whose headquarters are in Grapevine, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), is the worlds largest video game and entertainment software retailer. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in October 28: Richard Smalley 26: Emil Kyulev 24: José Azcona del Hoyo 24: Rosa Parks 23: Stella Obasanjo 22: Liam Lawlor 22: Shirley Horn 20: Endon Mahmood 17: Ba Jin 10: Milton Obote 7: Charles... September 2006 is the ninth month of 2006 and has begun on a Friday. ...


International

EB began its international expansion with the purchase of financially troubled British game retailer Rhino Group in 1995 and the name of the chain was changed from Future Zone to "EB Games" to match the new owner. Store remodels, product mix changes and used video games combined to restore the chain's finances, and promptly embarrass the USA chain with the massive success of EB UK's pre-owned program. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


In April 1999 Electronics Boutique's UK entity bought out its main rival, GAME PLC following GAME's near failure after a dreadful Christmas period. Electronics Boutique UK folded Game, Plc into its own structure, keeping Game stores open under their Game branding, and all new stores following the release of Playstation 2 in 2000 used the Game branding, as EB UK wanted to sever its ties with its American parent. 1999 is a common year starting on Friday Anno Domini (or the Current Era), and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The GAME Group plc (LSE: GMG.L), usually known by its high street trading name GAME, is a UK based video games retail company with over 500 stores across Europe in a variety of guises and its European Headquarters and Warehouse in Basingstoke, England. ... PS2 redirects here. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


Although the EB-GAME "merger" created a company separate from the US parent, EB retained a 24% ownership stake in the merged chain for a period of time and, under the merger agreement, collected substantial management fees from it until 2004, when the companies agreed to sever the remainder of their ties with a one time settlement. The GAME brand replaced the EB name at all former EB stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The new company was the biggest video game retailer in the United Kingdom. However, GameStop Corp. is once again operating in the UK and Ireland under the GameStop brand. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Electronics Boutique commenced operations in Australia in 1997 and rapidly became the number one video game specialty retailer in the country and the only one with a nationwide footprint. For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


On May 23, 2005, EB Games announced a definitive agreement to acquire Jump, a retailer based in Valencia, Spain that sells PCs and other consumer electronics. EB Games plans to begin introducing video game hardware and software into Jump's 141 stores over the next several months. The acquisition provides EB Games entry into the Spanish marketplace and continues EB Games's aggressive international expansion. is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location Coordinates : 39°29′ N 0°22′ W Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name València (Catalan) Spanish name Valencia Founded 137 BC Postal code 46000-46080 Website http://www. ...


EB Games once had a retail presence in South Korea.


References

External links

  • EB Games official website
  • GameStop official website
  • EB Games official Australian website

 
 

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