GameStop Eying Acquisitions to Bolster Digital Distribution

October 22, 2009 -

As part of a plan to bolster its digital distribution offerings, GameStop may look to acquire or invest in an established company or service already involved in the sector.

At a recent analyst meeting, the videogame retailer outlined three ways to accelerate its digital distribution plans reports IndustryGamers: Increase in-store sales of online point cards, expand GameStop’s current digital distribution platform and make a strategic investment in or acquire a current provider of online games.

In an opinion piece in its newsletter, GamesIndustry speculates which companies/services make sense for GameStop to acquire. Metaboli, which purchased GameTap last year, might be one logical answer, as the French-based company would provide double the pay off for GameStop, offering a way into the European market in addition to its digital catalog of games.

The other acquisition possibility? GamesIndustry writes:

Unconfirmed industry scuttlebutt suggests that Zenimax - the parent company of Bethesda, which made headlines back in June when it acquired legendary PC studio id Software - is still on the acquisition trail, and has been making eyes at Half-Life creators Valve across the bar. Whether Bethesda, a hybrid developer / publisher itself, would want to keep Steam on board, or spin it out to a third party, is unclear - as are many other aspects of a potential deal…


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Re: GameStop Eying Acquisitions to Bolster Digital ...

Sorry, we don't have enough bandwidth to accommodate all downloaders.  Perhaps you should have pre-ordered?

There's no way this plan could fail

Re: GameStop Eying Acquisitions to Bolster Digital ...

Now, to see if a GameStop Digital Distribution medium would get the same flak as the retail stores do. I mean, "Brand Recognition" is a powerful force indeed.

Re: GameStop Eying Acquisitions to Bolster Digital ...

Valve is best as it is, left alone to their own devices. Though i wish they would hurry the hell up on Episode 3 for pete's sake.

Re: GameStop Eying Acquisitions to Bolster Digital ...

Valve? Now that's wishful thinking if ever I heard it.

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Re: GameStop Eying Acquisitions to Bolster Digital ...

To be fair, they DO HAVE the capital as they are an international giant retail outlet.

 
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