GameStop Responds; MW2 Broken Street Date A Corporate Decision

GameStop's top spokesman contacted Kotaku on Sunday evening to confirm that certain of its North American stores broke Modern Warfare 2's Nov. 10 street date and began selling the game this weekend. GameStop corporate authorised the sales, he said.

The statement, from Chris Olivera, vice president for corporate communications at GameStop's Grapevine, Texas headquarters:

This past weekend, GameStop made the decision to break street date and sell reserved copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in select markets where other retailers had broken street date. Our decision followed many conversations with Activision and was an effort to protect our customer base.

Earlier, Activision told Kotaku that it did not give GameStop its permission to break the street date. "Activision has not given any retailer permission to sell Modern Warfare 2 prior to the Nov. 10 street date. The company fully supports the Nov. 10 street date."

Olivera did not specify exactly how many of its stores GameStop authorised to sell Modern Warfare 2, nor in all of the markets it did so. From reader tips and follow-up phone calls, Kotaku knows that stores in Bowie, Md., Bowling Green, Ohio, Reading, Pa., and New York City were involved.

I've asked if this is unprecedented or if GameStop had ever done this with another game before. Should Olivera follow back up with me, I'll update all he has to say in this story.


    so on gamestops career page, every store manager and every assistant store managers spot is showing open for every store in every state.... or im reading it wrong..

    That doesn't make sense.

    So Gamestop was selling:
    1. MW2 in areas where other stores were
    2. Apparently because they could lose sales to those stores but
    3. They were only selling to people who had pre-orders

    Agai, that makes no damn sense.

      Yer is does man,

      whats to stop someone canceling there pre-order with gamestop and buying it through a compeditor a few days early. There are some pretty big fan boys out there

        Yep. If one breaks the street date, then all the others have to in order to stay on the same level as them. Otherwise they get all the game sales whereas Gamestop won't get as many as they could have.

    Haha if only Kotaku had a LIKE button. I would LIKE this article a thousand times and a thousand more after!

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