Bad news for all gaming fans: The most important video game retailer in Germany wants to radically cut its branch network.
Munich – The video game retailer Gamestop has often been the first port of call for gamers in recent years.
But that should soon be the end of it in many places.
The US group hit the headlines in 2020 and 2021 with a stock market scandal.
In recent years, the branch network in Germany, Austria and Switzerland has been thinned out more and more.
Gamestop: These branches should close
Now a new clear-cut seems to be imminent.
According to the industry
numerous branches will be closed in the coming months.
There is no official statement from the video game retailer yet.
But of the current stores, only 80 will remain.
There are currently 170 Gamestop locations - at peak times it was around 200.
According to Gameswirtschaft
, the following branches have to close
in February or March, or have already closed:
Bad Cannstadt (Baden-Wuerttemberg)
Berlin – City Hall Center (Berlin)
Dresden – Kaufpark (Saxony)
Dusseldorf – Arcades (NRW)
Erfurt – Thuringia Park (Thuringia)
Essen – Allee Center (NRW)
Gelsenkirchen – Bahnhofstrasse (NRW)
Gelsenkirchen – Buer (NRW)
Hamburg – Elbe Shopping Center (Hamburg)
Hamburg – Hamburger Meile shopping center (Hamburg)
Hamelin – City Gallery (Lower Saxony)
Cologne – City Center Chorweiler (NRW)
Cologne – Rheincenter Weiden (NRW)
Leipzig – Paunsdorf (Saxony)
Leuna – Nova Shopping Center (Saxony-Anhalt)
Leverkusen – City Hall Gallery (NRW)
Marl (North Rhine-Westphalia)
Lüdenscheid – Stern Center (NRW)
Neumünster – Holsten Gallery (Schleswig-Holstein)
Neuss – Rheinpark Center (NRW)
Neuss – Center (NRW)
Oberhausen – Bero center (NRW)
Oldenburg (Lower Saxony)
Pforzheim – Schlössle Gallery (Baden-Württemberg)
Salzgitter – BraWo Carree (Lower Saxony)
Sankt Augustin (NRW)
Wiesbaden – Lilien-Carré (Hesse)
Wolfsburg – City Gallery (Lower Saxony)
Wuppertal – Werth (NRW)
The GameStop logo is placed above one of their branches.
© Pat Mazzera / dpa
Gamestop: "Almost all branches" should close
And what about the other branches?
It might not look good for them either.
The gaming editor Melina Deschke recently said in a discussion on the Rocket Beans YouTube channel that Gamestop should close "almost all branches in Germany".
This is said to have been communicated in a telephone conference with the branch managers.
According to Deschke, the remaining locations would probably not be closed because of existing leases.