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Encyclopedia > Gamestation
Gamestation
Type Retail store
Founded 1993
Headquarters UK
Key people Stephen Hall
Julian Gladwin (co-founders)
Industry video games
Products Games Consoles
Computer Games
Accessories
Parent GAME
Website http://www.gamestation.co.uk

Gamestation is a chain of UK retail shops selling used and new videogames, and was the second-largest specialist video game retailer in the UK until they were bought out by GAME, a group which owns many different gaming stores throughout the UK and Europe, these include GamePlay(UK) and Centromail(ES). It is fully owned and operated by GAME, which bought the chain in 2007.[1] This deal was referred to the competition commission and was finally cleared many months after, much to the frustration of many smaller video game outlets and websites, GAME now operate and control a very large part of the UK Market and are expanding in Europe. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... Game console redirects here. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... Fashion accessories and theur jewelry counterpart referred to as costume jewelry are items that used as fashions complementary. ... For the band, see Big Brother and the Holding Company. ... 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. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... For other uses, see Game (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Game (disambiguation). ...


The business was originally sold by its founders during the peak sales period of PlayStation 2 to American video rental giant Blockbuster who invested heavily in an aggressive store roll out program, this coupled with competitive pricing subsidised by the buoyant video rental market of the time elevated the chain to second highest market share in the UK games industry; only peaked by GAME Group PLC themselves. PS2 redirects here. ... Blockbuster video store This article is about the chain of video stores. ... For other uses, see Game (disambiguation). ...


Opinion is still divided whether the company's reversal of fortune was driven by the wain in demand for Video rental mid decade or the cyclicle nature of the games industry but 2006 saw their American parent company file massive debts in the region of $550 million leading to wide spread speculation that the company was either rife to a take over or brinkering on the edge of administration.


Gamestation currently have over 200 outlets in the UK. Their smaller "concession" stores, that operate inside of some Blockbuster stores, were not involved in the GAME takeover and are now owned by Blockbuster exclusively. These stores have since been rebranded as 'Blockbuster Games' stores and no longer operate under the Gamestation logo. Gamestation are always opening new stores especially in areas where there are no specialist video game stores. Their current base of operations is Stirling Park in York. For other uses, see Game (disambiguation). ... York shown within England Coordinates: , Sovereign state Constituent country Region Yorkshire and the Humber Ceremonial county North Yorkshire Admin HQ York City Centre Founded 71 City Status 71 Government  - Type Unitary Authority, City  - Governing body City of York Council  - Leadership: Leader & Executive  - Executive: Liberal Democrat  - MPs: Hugh Bayley (L) John...


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A high-street Gamestation store.

Deals and appeal

Until they bought Gamestation, GAME - the UK's largest specialist gaming retailer - were considered to be Gamestation's primary competitor. Gamestation's main method of attracting customers is to put on more special offers than their competitor as well as focusing on pre-owned games and large discounts on older titles. 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. ...


The chain focuses on the current generations of consoles: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube, Wii, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance and PlayStation Portable as well as the PC. They also sell, and accept as part exchange, games and consoles from older generations, such as the Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, NES, Super NES, Nintendo 64 and PlayStation. Game accessories for the older consoles are also available. They were one of the first UK stores to reduce the price of the PlayStation 3 to £399.99 (from £424.99) including X-Men: The Last Stand on Blu-ray. This rivaled a similar offer from play.com, bundling a PlayStation 3 with a free HDMI and Click on Blu-ray for the same price. PS2 redirects here. ... The PlayStation 3 , trademarked PLAYSTATION®3,[3] commonly abbreviated PS3) is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment; successor to the PlayStation 2. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... The Nintendo GameCube (Japanese: ゲームキューブ; originally code-named Dolphin during development; abbreviated as GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the 128-bit era; the same generation as Segas Dreamcast, Sonys PlayStation 2, and Microsofts Xbox. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. ... NDS redirects here. ... “GBA” redirects here. ... The PlayStation Portable , officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and currently manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... A stylised illustration of a modern personal computer A personal computer (PC) is a computer whose original sales price, size, and capabilities make it useful for individuals. ... The Sega Master System ) or SMS for short (1986 - 2000), is an 8-bit cartridge-based video game console that was manufactured by Sega. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... The Dreamcast , code-named Dural, Dricas and Katana during development) is Segas fifth and final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... Nes is: A municipality in the county of Akershus in Norway, see Nes, Akershus. ... The European SNES design is identical to the Super Famicom. ... The Nintendo 64, often abbreviated as N64, is Nintendos third home video game console for the international market. ... For other uses, see PlayStation (disambiguation). ... Blu-ray discs Blu-ray Disc is a next-generation optical disc format jointly developed by a group of leading consumer electronics and PC companies called the Blu_ray Disc Association (BDA), which succeeds the Blu_ray Disc Founders (BDF). ... Play. ... The High-Definition Multi-media Interface (HDMI) is an industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. ... Look up click in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Gamestation advertise their Christmas promotions with Fat Chris which is a parody of Gail. He was used for Christmas 2006 and made a return for Christmas 2007.


Trivia

  • The Gamestation branch located in Birmingham New Street, England is the largest 'games-exclusive' store in Europe
  • The Gamestation branch located in Hull (as of 19/10/07), England is the second largest 'games-exclusive' store in Europe
  • The Gamestation's first shop was called the Games Exchange and was situated on Gillygate in the City Centre of York, England. They received a reputation in the area for exchanging games which was a relatively novel idea for the area and ensured the shop was extremely busy.
  • Gamestation in Woking is infamous for never being cleaned and is locally known as 'Stinkstation'.[2]

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References

  1. ^ GAME acquires Gamestation in £74 million deal - www.mcvuk.com
  2. ^ http://www.gamestation.co.uk/store%5Flocator/welcome.asp?id=166

 
 

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