Man, this is surprising. As much as I dislike some of the GameStop policies, especially in regard to their practices in buying back video games, they’re apparently having a significant struggle in Puerto Rico. These struggles are to the level of the company announcing, according to CyberboxPR, that their operations in the country would cease by March 2016.
There are currently about three dozen stores in the country. According to Gamestop’s Public Relations representative, ongoing business challenges and increasing restraints from the government have led to removal from the markets. All other zones would resume normal operations. The latest financial reports from the company have been lower than expected, with key titles such as Star Wars Battlefront and Halo 5: Guardians not meeting expectations. The financial report’s damage had caused stock to sink.
With this news, what does the community feel about this issue? I can see both sides here – people may find it to be retribution for the shady business practices that the company has chosen to employ; Western gamers need not be reminded of the plight of trying to find a copy of Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii, which ended up in a scandal where the company was opening up new copies and selling them used for higher prices. On the other hand, this impacts a market where games could be somewhat difficult to come by. For Puerto Rico, what’s the next move, and will there be a way to regain some kind of large-scale game shop operation?