GAME Loses Microsoft and Activision, Circles Drain
British video game store chain GAME has already spent a considerable amount of time in dire straights. After the company finances started going south in 2011, Nintendo, EA, Sega, and Capcom all decided not to sell their games through GAME, fearing the retailer’s creditworthiness. That’s bad enough. But a leaked memo made public yesterday by MCV indicates things are quickly worsening. Xbox and Activision have both pulled their titles, the memo confirms, a serious blow to a company that only a month ago was trying to scare up funding at the BAFTAs.
GAME is currently trying to secure additional funding to get them through this patch. They might be able to hold on, as Sony continues to ship to them, but they’re firmly in full damage control mode. The memo urges employees to stay mum. “[W]e ask that you do not get involved in dialogue or comment publicly via social media, or gaming forums.” This is unlikely to be an enforceable policy for long. Currently, they cannot sell the following games: Mass Effect 3, Mario Party 9, Metal Gear Solid 3DS, Asura’s Wrath, Street Fighter X Tekken, Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City, Inazuma 12, Yakuza Dead Souls, Ninja Gaiden 3, Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Pokepark 2 and Shogun 2 Fall of the Samurai. Chances are high they won’t exist in the near future.