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The focus of this category is on video game retailers and resellers, as opposed to publishers who may sell and distribute their own products.

Basically, a video game retailer is an individual or business that specializes in the sale of video games, either online or through a brick-and-mortar store.

In the early days of the video game industry, gamers eagerly awaited new releases at brick-and-mortar stores, such as Babbage's, EB Games, Egghead Software, FuncoLand, GameCrazy, and Rhino Video Games. However, Egghead Software closed its brick-and-mortar stores in 1998 and filed for bankruptcy in 2001. GameCrazy filed for bankruptcy in 2010. Babbage's, EB Games, FuncoLand, and Rhino Video Games have been acquired by GameStop, which has been in decline since 2016 and has closed several of its stores. It is currently revamping its remaining stores, with an emphasis on competitive gaming and retro-gaming. Acquired by GameStop in 2005, the EB Games brand still operates in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

Other video game retailers still operating brick-and-mortar stores include Play N Trade, which has more than a hundred stores in the United States, Canada, and Egypt. However, it also sells new and used consumer electronics, game consoles, Apple products, laptops, and cellular phones, hosts gaming tournaments, and offers game device repair services.

Opened in 1993, Gamers and Slackers CDs and Games are still in business. Gamers, which once had eight stores, is down to only one store in Nebraska. Slackers has ten stores in Illinois and Missouri, specializing in new and used video games and music.

Pink Gorilla has two stores in Washington State, where it also hosts gaming tournaments and other events.

While most of the chain stores are closed, video game stores can still be found in several cities throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. Mostly, they are independent stores that serve as the social hubs of the local gaming community, sponsoring tournaments and other events.

Most video games are sold online now, however. Many game publishers operate their own online sales and distribution networks and, of course, downloadable software has put a dent in the retail market.

There is a sizable online market for used video game cassettes, cartridges, CD Roms, and other formats, particularly in retro games. Usually, these resellers will offer quotes on used game consoles and devices, as well as on used games.

Websites representing video game publishers, who may sell their products online, should be listed in the Developers & Publishers category, while this category is focused on video game retailers and resellers.



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