It’s the end of an era (Picture: GAME)
As expected, GAME has confirmed rumours that it is to stop dealing in second-hand video games ‘over the coming months’.
It was obviously true the moment the rumours began but GAME has now confirmed that it is to stop accepting video game trade-ins and that it will no longer sell second games, once current stock runs out.
‘As part of the integration of GAME, we will be phasing out the trade-in, pre-owned, and GAME Elite offerings in the UK over the coming months,’ said a spokesperson in a statement.
Almost nine out of 10 of every game sold in the UK is digital and despite the many benefits of buying physically, including being able to trade-in the game afterwards, the market for box games has been steadily shrinking for the last decade.
‘Pre-owned will still be available in our standalone stores across the UK while stock lasts, and GAME Elite will still be available until the end of summer,’ The Fraser Group told the BBC.
During the 2000s, trade-ins were the most important part of GAME’s business, but the gradual acceptance of digital downloads has seen them pivot more towards offering merchandise and trading cards.
Many have reported GAME stores having already stopped trade-ins and no longer stocking second-hand games, so there’s not to going to be a single end date that applies to all outlets.
Since GAME is the last remaining dedicated video game retailer in the UK this move means that CeX is now the only high street chain dealing in second-hand video games.
Unlike GAME, CeX offers cash in exchange for the games and hardware, rather than store credit, although that is generally less lucrative for trade-ins, if you are planning to spend the money on more games.
CeX does usually take older retro titles as well though, which GAME current does not do, although sites like eBay have taken away much of that business in recent years.
It all signals a death nell for physical game sales in general, as while they will continue, especially via online stores like Amazon, they’re no longer the most common way for people to experience video games.
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