GAME prepares to make redundancies and issue zero-hours contracts, report claims

April 8, 2024 by No Comments

The United Kingdom’s largest video game retailer – GAME – was recently reported to be preparing to make redundancies and reduce all non-managerial staff to zero-hours contracts as financial woes continue to haunt the company. In recent years, GAME has gone from a town center mainstay to a shell of its former self, occupying the backrooms and corners of Sports Direct stores across the country as the company’s owner, the Frasers Group, regains a nationwide brand presence.

The End Times

In a report published by Eurogamer, the staff confirmed the news: GAME is still preparing to make redundancies in the existing network of stores (or concessions). Sadly there are few ‘real’ stores left, but a few years ago, GAME was the number one place to buy new games, consoles and accessories in the United Kingdom.

Every Eurogamer (and sources close to the situation), non-managerial employees are put on zero-hours contracts, meaning they are effectively guaranteed nothing in the way of work – and it’s a ‘like it or lump it’ situation.

The change is said to be ‘unexpected’, but GAME has been approaching the precipice for some time. In 2012, the company went into administration after some publishers refused to issue stock to the retailer. Within months, companies such as Activision, Electronic Arts, and Microsoft stopped issuing stock to GAME, and it was delisted from the London Stock Exchange.

Like other, similar retailers in the United Kingdom, GAME is expected to soon become an online-only retailer, as competition across the country increases and fewer footfalls are recorded. Recently, GAME’s operating model changed dramatically when the company announced it was ceasing sales on pre-owned items that have been a staple of the company for several years.

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