Report: UK Retailer GAME Ending In-Store Pre-Orders This month
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Following a slew of big policy changes recently, including the axing of its pre-owned stock earlier this year, major UK retailer GAME is reportedly about to stop accepting pre-orders of any kind in its brick-and-mortar stores.

First reported on by TechRadar and corroborated by Eurogamer, from August 1st, GAME will no longer take any in-store pre-orders. Existing pre-orders for games that are due to release before January 31st, 2025 will be valid, but any games that are set to launch after that date will see pre-orders cancelled and any deposits refunded.

The report adds that "customers will still be able to pre-order new releases through for home delivery or purchase in store once released", confirming that the retailer will still be selling released games in-store for the time being - as GAME made clear last month.

Earlier in June, GAME announced that it was pulling out of Microsoft's Xbox All Access program, where customers could pay for Xbox consoles and Game Pass subscriptions on a monthly basis. Instead, purchasers will have the option to take up other financing options through 'Frasers Plus', a payment program introduced by owner Frasers Group.

UK folks, any thoughts on this? Tell us if you're sad to see GAME continue to slim down its business in the comments.

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