According to a business update provided by GameStop, they have begun the process of reopening stores in some states and countries, despite the pandemic. The update specifies that Italy, Austria, Germany, South Carolina and Georgia are the places where stores will look to re-open. Also, Gamestop will be looking to reopen its stores in other locations in the coming weeks. GameStop’s entire board of directors will be taking temporary pay cuts, ranging from 30% to 50%. Beginning April 26th, “certain other GameStop employees” will also receive a pay cut ranging from 10% to 30%.
This isn’t the first time that GameStop has tried to keep their stores open in the wake of COVID-19. In March, KeenGamer reported that GameStop ignored lockdown orders and claimed their stores are “essential business”. Eventually, they relented and closed all of their stores in the U.S on March 22nd. Frankly, this is not a great look for a company that is already struggling due to the rise of e-commerce.
With no vaccine or safe treatment for COVID-19, it’s worth seeing if people would still risk going out to physical stores to buy video games. For those that would rather not go inside a store, GameStop is still offering curbside pickup in two-thirds of its locations.