GameStop Controls 21 Percent of US Market

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GameStop Controls 21 Percent of US Market

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Just how mega is megaretailer GameStop in the United States? According to some people's math, it controls a fifth of the entire market in the country.

We all knew GameStop is doing big business in the US, but now we've got an exact number. According to Gamasutra's figures, the retailer holds sway over a somewhat underwhelming 21% of the entire games market in this country. That's when it comes specifically to hardware and software sales, though. It doesn't count sales of accessories and PC software, as the data regarding how much revenue GameStop pulls in from those categories isn't explicitly stated in their reports.

So what exactly does it mean that GameStop "controls" a fifth of the market? Well, as Gamasutra puts it, that "marketshare defines the power it wields when working with publishers."

The percentages were extrapolated using GameStop's own revenue reports and the sales data compiled by the NPD every month. GameStop's fiscal year is roughly equivalent to the month-by-month periods that the NPD tracks, so holding up the NPD numbers to the GameStop numbers and doing a little bit of math got Gamasutra its estimates.

With the amount of stores in this country, you'd think that GameStop would control a more dramatic percentage of the market, but apparently there are still plenty of people (79% of the market, to be precise) going to "other retailers" like Best Buy.

21% is nothing to scoff at, though, and Gamasutra's other research shows that the company's presence in the US is maybe even more widespread than you may have imagined. There are 1.4 GameStops per 100,000 people in the United States, according to their figure. The state with the highest density of GameStops? Delaware. I know that's because Delaware's tiny, but I like to imagine it has a GameStop on every other block, too.

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So, how does Wal-Mart compare?

Gamestop is becoming the Starbucks of gaming I geuss.

KDR_11k:
So, how does Wal-Mart compare?

Wal-Mart isn't doing so great. They're not even the top fortune 500 any more.

KDR_11k:
So, how does Wal-Mart compare?

Walmart doesn't even apply.

Your average Walmart Electronic department is staffed by a caveman who can just about point in the right direction when asked where certain things are without going into a catatonic fit.

Hankage:

KDR_11k:
So, how does Wal-Mart compare?

Walmart doesn't even apply.

Your average Walmart Electronic department is staffed by a caveman who can just about point in the right direction when asked where certain things are without going into a catatonic fit.

that just about sums it up, however some gamestop employees are like that as well

Hankage:

KDR_11k:
So, how does Wal-Mart compare?

Walmart doesn't even apply.

Your average Walmart Electronic department is staffed by a caveman who can just about point in the right direction when asked where certain things are without going into a catatonic fit.

Must be from being locked in the store all night. But seriously I think Gamestop would have high sales figures if they stopped crapping on the pc market. As it stand I don't even buy console games from them anymore because of this,

NoMoreSanity:
Gamestop is becoming the Starbucks of gaming I geuss.

One can only hope they run into the same problem of over expansion as starbucks did.

KDR_11k:
So, how does Wal-Mart compare?

As a Wal-Mart employee, I can say that we don't. I'm surprised we don't have Gamecube games still on the shelves. Comes from dealing with a client base that evolved out of the remaining beer inside a discarded Budweiser bottle.

Though the fact that the Wal-Mart I work in is right down the street from a college town makes it a little bit better than most.

NoMoreSanity:
Gamestop is becoming the Starbucks of gaming I geuss.

Overpriced games generaly worse quality than the small-time game traders, yeah i'll say you are spot on

AND in the mall near my house theres an EB games on the second floor on the first floor A GAMESTOP EBgames is run by gamestop... makes you think...

xmetatr0nx:

NoMoreSanity:
Gamestop is becoming the Starbucks of gaming I geuss.

One can only hope they run into the same problem of over expansion as starbucks did.

I hope the one by me needs to close first. It's worse than useless because the employees and management are beyond incompetent.
Normally I don't wish being laid off to anyone but those guys aren't just morons, they're total jerks too.

I have no problems with gamestop....cheap games, and the staff is usually pretty cool.

NoMoreSanity:
Gamestop is becoming the Starbucks of gaming I geuss.

Not until you've seen a Gamestop RIGHT across the street from another Gamestop.

I would have thought that they had 50% of the market...I buy a lot of my game there still, but now I'm starting to buy them off of Gamefly more often.

TheNecroswanson:

KDR_11k:
So, how does Wal-Mart compare?

Wal-Mart isn't doing so great. They're not even the top fortune 500 any more.

Dunno, last I heard they were about 50% or more of the videogame retail market in the US.

Hankage:

KDR_11k:
So, how does Wal-Mart compare?

Walmart doesn't even apply.

Your average Walmart Electronic department is staffed by a caveman who can just about point in the right direction when asked where certain things are without going into a catatonic fit.

So it's just like Gamestop then, eh? :P

I meant the market share, not the competence of the people they employ.

There's a mall a town or so away from me that has EB games, GameStop, and an EBX.

Wow...can I move there?

Good ol' South Dakota the bottom most state on their list. WE DON'T SELL OUT!

Dothan, AL. has 4 of them, They're taking over and must be purged.

There are two EB Games here; one in a mall and one in a strip mall.

The mall one I don't like (it's small, usually crowded with rats and halfway across town from me), but the other one is nice (three times bigger, at least three times the selection, way less busy than the mall store and walking distance from home). The staff tend to be knowledgeable and the stores have much more selection than 'standard' stores (the larger one particularly).

If not for EB Games, I wouldn't have any of the Shin Megami Tensei games, or Steambot Chronicles; the other stores tend towards 'flavor of the week'. The only SMT I've seen anywhere else is Persona 4.

I don't know what they're like in America, but I find EB Games just what I need. I don't really deal in used games (I prefer to get my games new if possible; I only have two or three used games and one of those is only technical), and if I have a question, I can usually get an answer, or at least a suggestion.

Gamestop/EB games is a hit or miss. I've met employee's who admit they've heard the horror stories, but that theirs is different. Usually the more cosmopolitan a place is the shittier it's employee's are, it seems.

Really though, having worked in retail I got to ask what do you expect? They can't populate EVERY job with gamers, which means not every person is going to have passion. That means your going to get dicks, assholes, and barely there bodies that get nothing done, like with any retail job. If your lucky these people are in the minority because they take customer service seriously, but every retail place has at least 1 lazy employee, one dickwad (usually middlemanagement or in charge of the budget), 1 employee who never shows up on time and has to be constantly prodded to work so you wonder WHY they aren't fired, etc etc.

gamestop is about as worthless as the Conker: lined and reloaded game. they suck oh so badly. im not gonna buy a game at them ever unless every other gameshop in denmark gets airstriked.

Hankage:

KDR_11k:
So, how does Wal-Mart compare?

Walmart doesn't even apply.

Your average Walmart Electronic department is staffed by a caveman who can just about point in the right direction when asked where certain things are without going into a catatonic fit.

by the way, those cavemen pull down 50k a year at a management position without a college degree, with one you can make up to 75k starting

as much as a starting dentist

Gamestop = Big Business.

Call the Trustbusters!

The Great JT:
Gamestop = Big Business.

Call the Trustbusters!

dont you mean give them bailouts before they fail???????????????????

sarcasm

TsunamiWombat:

Really though, having worked in retail I got to ask what do you expect? They can't populate EVERY job with gamers, which means not every person is going to have passion. That means your going to get dicks, assholes, and barely there bodies that get nothing done, like with any retail job. If your lucky these people are in the minority because they take customer service seriously, but every retail place has at least 1 lazy employee, one dickwad (usually middlemanagement or in charge of the budget), 1 employee who never shows up on time and has to be constantly prodded to work so you wonder WHY they aren't fired, etc etc.

It's interesting that you should say that, since over here game retailers don't even hire gamers. They hire the 20-ish young, blonde, women that played Mario Kart during a party on a friends Wii 2 years ago.

Yes, she got the job instead of me, thanks for asking.

But in all fairness though, I did talk to a metalhead over in the nearest gamestore for 20 or so minutes before I decided to buy something. Hell, I even just applied for a job in a store that specifically asked for people 'serious' about gaming.

dnnydllr:
I have no problems with gamestop....cheap games, and the staff is usually pretty cool.

What do you mean cheap games, the new ones are normal price and the used games normally not complete or in good condition. They also are around $5 cheaper than the new ones. AKA not worth it.

I just don't shop at gamestop anymore.
Or Eb games.
That pretty much means i have to go to wal-mart, Target or a Hollywood video place

captainordo:

dnnydllr:
I have no problems with gamestop....cheap games, and the staff is usually pretty cool.

What do you mean cheap games, the new ones are normal price and the used games normally not complete or in good condition. They also are around $5 cheaper than the new ones. AKA not worth it.

If you're buying newer games you don't get much of a deal. But my point was if you want to buy older games, you can get them at Gamestop for relatively cheap.

dnnydllr:

captainordo:

dnnydllr:
I have no problems with gamestop....cheap games, and the staff is usually pretty cool.

What do you mean cheap games, the new ones are normal price and the used games normally not complete or in good condition. They also are around $5 cheaper than the new ones. AKA not worth it.

If you're buying newer games you don't get much of a deal. But my point was if you want to buy older games, you can get them at Gamestop for relatively cheap.

If you are buying used, buy off the internet (Ebay Amazon.com) Same quality, but much cheaper price. Watch Zero Originality for examples

I honestly thought it was more like 40%.

I love my Game Stop. I can get my geek on with the staff that usually has my husband pushing me to the door. They don't hassle me about the things corporate makes them do and know the games I love. Plus it's spacious and not cramped like most Game Stop locations seem to be.

joystickjunki3:
I honestly thought it was more like 40%.

Gamestop is also making a move here in Ireland. We really only have two retail shops that specialise in games, Gamestop and GAME. Personally, they are both good in their own way.

Somehow I can't help but imagine a turf war will start soon between the two. The old "Don" GAME against the new "bad boy" in town Gamestop.

Although I can see how Gamestop pretty much runs the market in the States.

The bees saw something coming. It all makes sense now.

Sigenrecht:
The bees saw something coming. It all makes sense now.

No, it was just another part of the bees' insidious plan. They want to be the dominant species on the planet, and they'll destroy us all to make it happen! DESTROY US ALL! DESTROY US ALL! DESTROY US ALL! DESTROY US ALL!

dnnydllr:

captainordo:

dnnydllr:
I have no problems with gamestop....cheap games, and the staff is usually pretty cool.

What do you mean cheap games, the new ones are normal price and the used games normally not complete or in good condition. They also are around $5 cheaper than the new ones. AKA not worth it.

If you're buying newer games you don't get much of a deal. But my point was if you want to buy older games, you can get them at Gamestop for relatively cheap.

Relatively? Compared to what? I've never seen gamestop being significantly cheaper than another game store.

mentor07825:

joystickjunki3:
I honestly thought it was more like 40%.

Gamestop is also making a move here in Ireland. We really only have two retail shops that specialise in games, Gamestop and GAME. Personally, they are both good in their own way.

How is gamestop good?

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