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Old 07-27-2010, 07:25 AM   #1
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GameStop Purchases Online Gaming Portal Kongregate

GameStop has been fairly vocal about how heavily it relies on a physical product in order to make a profit as a game retailer. But could that soon be a thing of the past? It was revealed today that GameStop has purchased the popular browser-based gaming site Kongregate for an undisclosed sum.

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Said GameStop CEO J. Paul Raines, "Kongregate advances GameStop's digital strategy by providing a gaming platform for casual, mobile and browser games that can be promoted and played by our existing gamers. We welcome the Kongregate team to the GameStop family."
As a part of the deal, Kongregate will become a wholly-owned GameStop subsidiary. What that means for the future of game retail for the company remains unclear.

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Old 07-27-2010, 07:26 AM   #2
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Ewwww. I have a bad feeling about that.
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:35 AM   #3
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Yeah, ew for me as well. Get going on a digital distribution platform and offer me more sales... not browser games :P
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:37 AM   #4
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I have a REALLY bad feeling about this too. At least as far as Kongregate continuing to do what it's been doing.
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:29 AM   #5
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I have a REALLY bad feeling about this too. At least as far as Kongregate continuing to do what it's been doing.
Yep. I expect to see a lot more 'demos' on Kongregate that require you to purchase the 'kreds' to unlock things. Just call it a feeling. I doubt this will have any effect on Gamestop whatsoever, though.
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:51 AM   #6
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I don't think anything will change. Gamestop already has a ton of flash games available to play, this just helps them keep relevant - another way to market.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:14 AM   #7
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Yeah, ew for me as well. Get going on a digital distribution platform and offer me more sales... not browser games :P
Would you actually buy games from a Gamestop DD platform? I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.

I'm just glad they didn't buy Valve.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:16 AM   #8
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Fuuuuck, I really liked Kongregate. Guess I'll have to find another place to play flash games.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:17 AM   #9
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This is as ill conceived as Time Warner buying AOL.
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:34 PM   #10
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Fuuuuck, I really liked Kongregate. Guess I'll have to find another place to play flash games.
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Also, wonder what the trade in value on Kongregate was...

Wait... could the Kongregate people have traded in the company for... Starcraft 2 CE? The timing is suspect!
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:02 PM   #11
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Also, wonder what the trade in value on Kongregate was...

Wait... could the Kongregate people have traded in the company for... Starcraft 2 CE? The timing is suspect!
I think they should've held out for the strategy guide too...
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:02 PM   #12
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Man, I just signed up at Kongregate yesterday. I was intrigued by the system they use for overarching game achievements on a flash game portal. I just hope GameStop doesn't fuck with them too much...shit.

I generally used Armor Games for my flash game fix. Guess I can always go back. They have a lot of the same titles, just no cross-game achievement system.
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I don't think anything will change. Gamestop already has a ton of flash games available to play, this just helps them keep relevant - another way to market.
I honestly had no idea they had a site like Kongregate already with flash games on it. Or is it just crappy 'knock-offs'?

I dunno...this just seems odd to me.
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I remember seeing stuff in some of the Gamestop newsletters recently pimping free flash games on their site. This move isn't wholly unprecedented, but it's kind of sad to see a site like Kongregate fall under their spell.
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