GAME staff face a worrying week as stores stay open amid the coronavirus outbreak

March 18, 2020
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GAME staff face a worrying week as stores stay open to sell big releases Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal.

The UK’s sole specialist high street gaming retailer has over 300 stores nationwide, and staff at those stores have told Eurogamer they face an impossible decision: stay at home and lose money, or go to work and risk catching Covid-19 – or spreading it.

GAME, it seems, is keeping its stores open even as government advice intensifies and other retailers shut up shop. GAME is selling id Software’s first-person shooter from today, 18th March, three days before its official release date, while Nintendo Switch exclusive Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which is expected to be one of the biggest releases of the year, goes on sale on 20th March. No midnight launches, we understand, are planned.

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