GameStop Won’t Sell Console Bundles with Digital Games

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That’s right; Gamestop have decided it will no longer sell console bundles that include digital copies of games instead of physical ones.

I know that a lot of people out there seem to be very anti-GameStop, but personally I think this is a great move for gamers and collectors, although obviously I don’t think we were the core focus here. This appears to be more of a business decision for protecting GameStop’s future.

As a collector of retro games, I love having them all displayed on the shelves and sharing photos online with the gaming community. It’s a popular thing to do on social media networks like instagram, twitter and facebook. With this newer generation of consoles, the majority of my collection seems to be digital, which feels a bit empty.

Taking photos obviously isn’t my main concern here! Originally digital games were presented as a convenient method of distributing games; No printed manuals, plastic boxes, shipping costs, storage costs, etc. All these savings would then be passed onto the customer, right? Cheap games for everyone! Yay!!! … Nope. Not the case. Instead we are presented with over inflated costs (sometimes double the cost or more than what you could buy in retail) for the “convenience”?

Anyway, this decision by GameStop to only sell bundles that come with physical games is cool, but there is also a selfish reason behind this too. Namely their business model and the profits they make with trade-in games. In fact I believe it is where they make the most of their profit? So of course they wouldn’t want this to go away (their shareholders certainly wouldn’t!), which is why I believe they are trying to slow down the inevitable digital take over.

I say “inevitable” because as much as I dislike the idea (mostly due to nostalgia and the love of collecting physical things), I do believe we will be muscled out and forced to use this method at some point. Nintendo are already rumoured to be going “digital only” with their next console (the NX) and I’m sure Microsoft and Sony already want to do the same.

Your Thoughts?

I’m interested to know what you think of this announcement and the sale of digital vs physical games in general? I’d also like to know what you think of me creating these types of videos in the future (opinion pieces / podcast kind of things).

Let me know in the comments below!

Matt has been hooked on games since he received his first console (a SEGA Mega Drive) for his 7th birthday. He now spends most of his time on the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS, but will use any excuse for a retro gaming night.


Posted on September 22, 2015 | Last modified: 22nd September 2015