- The video game retail chain GameStop says it will close customer access to US storefronts starting Sunday, March 22, as a result of the continued spread of the coronavirus.
- Along with closing its US stores, GameStop says it will still allow customers to place orders for curb-side pickup, as well as digital and e-commerce orders.
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The struggling video game retail chain GameStop has finally succumbed to the inevitable, announcing that its US stores will close effective Sunday, March 22, after days of what has seemed at times to be head-scratching moves by the company that haven't always reflected the gravity of the coronavirus crisis.
That included a somewhat tone-deaf announcement that the chain would start selling DOOM Eternal a day before its release, on March 19, "as a safety precaution for our customers and associates" while Animal Crossing would release on March 20 as planned. Social media was quickly flooded with posts from scared and frustrated employees who claimed that working conditions weren't safe, they didn't have the necessary precautionary equipment like sufficient hand sanitizer, and that they feared for their safety. Then came GameStop's attempt to claim its business is "essential" to try and skirt the increasing lockdowns that are taking place around the country.
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