“That’s 121 peo­ple out of a job in the Repub­lic, and 110 peo­ple in the North

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on the is­land of Ire­land, all of them in the North.

To say it came as a shock to em­ploy­ees is prob­a­bly putting it lightly. Yes, there were some warn­ing signs – talks with sup­pli­ers, los­ing out on stock­ing some of the big ti­tles, in­di­ca­tions that the group may seek the pro­tec­tion of the courts through ad­min­is­tra­tion – but when the decision was taken, it was im­ple­mented fast.

On Mon­day, a no­tice came through that ad­min­is­tra­tors had been ap­pointed. And if the signs in the win­dows of lo­cal Game stores are any­thing to go by, it was only a mat­ter of hours be­fore staff here were in­structed to cease trad­ing. That’s 121 peo­ple out of a job in the Repub­lic and 110 in the North, with no real pe­riod of no­tice.

At Daw­son Street in Dublin, there were two no­tices in the win­dow: one thank­ing cus­tomers for the sup­port and one that read: “As of 1.30pm on the 26/03/12, we were in­formed by our head of­fice to cease trad­ing! We have been of­fered noth­ing in the way of re­dun­dancy or com­pen­sa­tion.”

Why did Game even­tu­ally close its doors here? Well, there’s the in­creased com­pe­ti­tion for a start. The rise of in­ter­net shop­ping means that you no longer have to go to a high street store to buy games. Price com­pe­ti­tion also played a part, with cus­tomers able to shop around in a wider range of stores. A fall in dis­pos­able in­come al­most cer­tainly con­trib­uted, with other re­tail­ers also feel­ing the pinch as we all tighten our belts.

Joint ad­min­is­tra­tor Mike Jervis said the pri­or­ity was to con­tinue trad­ing the busi­ness as nor­mal – which it will for the re­main­ing Game stores in the UK – and a buyer is be­ing sought. “The re­cent job losses are re­gret­table but will place the com­pany in a stronger po­si­tion while we ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­clude a sale,” he says.

This will be of lit­tle com­fort to em­ploy­ees, some of whom are stag­ing protests at their for­mer work­places.

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