UK Retailer GAME Reportedly Swapping Core Staff To Zero Hour Contracts
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Following on from January's news that GAME was starting to strip back its pre-owned department, we have some other unfortunate reports coming in about the staffing situation within the UK's biggest gaming retailer.

Earlier reports this week claimed that redundancies were incoming, and now a fresh IGN report — containing leaked internal emails — has added fuel to that fire. According to this new report, staff "below the manager level" will be laid off, and in-turn offered zero hour contracts to continue working for the company.

For those unaware, zero hour contracts are basically terms of employment where a company doesn't have to guarantee a set amount of work. If enrolled onto one, employees aren't guaranteed the work they need to make a proper living.

Here are a few internal email examples, as attained by IGN:

"As part of these proposed changes your role has been identified as being potentially at risk of redundancy,

We are keen to discuss any concerns you may have and work with you to explore any alternative ideas or suggestions you may have and potential ways to avoid redundancy."

"I just want to be clear that you will be made redundant from the [assistant manager] role. However, there will be the opportunity to take your redundancy, if you are entitled to redundancy, and come back as cast,"

The report says that it has requested comment from GAME owner 'Frasers Group' in response to its investigation, but IGN hasn't added any such response at the time of writing.

What do you make of this? Is GAME on its last legs here in the UK? Drop your thoughts on this report down below.