Today hasn’t been a good day for UK video game specialist retailer GAME. Shares in the company have dropped 7% as the retailer posted a fall in both profits and sales. Sky News reports that sales in the 26 weeks to 24 January fell marginally to £582.1m. The company has blamed it on a lack of high-profile releases to boost its profits. GAME tried to reassure investors that things will pick up after Easter with games like Batman Arkham Knight and Metal Gear Solid V.
“The video games market remains dynamic and competitive.”
“While we experienced some challenging conditions over the Christmas trading period, we are confident that our strategy of focusing on customer recruitment, combined with the significant and growing number of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners across our two major territories, provides a solid foundation from which to drive growth over the medium term.
“In the coming weeks and months we can look forward to a solid line up of new physical and digital games launches. Our pre-order rates on the major titles are encouraging and we have secured exclusive editions on many of the key titles.
“We continue to manage the business prudently, balancing the need to fund growth with the discipline of returning excess capital.
“In this regard, I am pleased to announce the group’s intention to return £25m to shareholders by way of a special dividend, in addition to our maiden interim dividend of £12.5m”.
Martyn Gibbs, GAME’s chief executive
Everyone’s favourite third-party developer Platinum Games have stealth released a new game which can be played within your web browser. As you’d expect it’s nothing particularly fancy, but it’s good fun trying to get a high score. You can check out the browser-based game at the link, here. Feel free to post your high scores in the comments section, below.
Reports are coming in Via Twitter that UK retailer GAME is selling Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker early. Consumers that purchased the game online have been told it has been shipped and apparently the game will be available to purchase in stores throughout the United Kingdom on Monday. Great news for those of you who are in the UK.
UK video game retailer GAME is currently selling the 8GB Wii U Basic Bundle with Super Smash Bros for only £159.99. The bundle is part of the company’s deal of the day which also sees Super Smash Bros Wii U being sold for £29.99. The same software deal is also available on Amazon. Now might be a good time to pick up a Wii U if you’re in the United Kingdom.
UK retailer GAME are now stocking the second wave of Amiibo figures so if you want them you’d better be quick about it. Nintendo of America has already said that sales of Amiibo are approximately equal to sales of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, so they’re clearly selling like hot cakes. Go grab yours at GAME.
Thanks, Lee R
Following yesterday’s confirmation for the Pokemon Company International’s Shiny Gengar and Diancie distribution for the US in GameStop stores, the special timed-event Pokemon will also be available in the UK. Handled by retailer GAME, eager Pokemon X & Y fans will be able to grab Shiny Gengar – which comes holding a Gengarite Mega Stone – between October 15 and November 5.
The Diancie distribution will promptly follow the Shiny Gengar event and will be available from November 6 through to November 28 for Pokemon X & Y. Fans who pick up a Diancie can transfer the exclusive Pokemon through to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, when it launches November 28, to obtain a special Diancite Mega Stone. Players can pick up both Shiny Gengar and Diancie via a special code distribution, which will be printed on a receipt in store.
For the rest of Europe, the Pokemon Company International has confirmed both Pokemon events will be available for France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Italy – dates, however, are currently unknown.
UK video game retailer GAME has announced via its website that it has now completely sold out of the limited edition Bayonetta 2 First Print Edition. The wonderful boxset was exclusive to GAME in the United Kingdom and obviously attracted plenty of interest.
Thanks, Retrogaminglord and Kallum S