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UK indie chain Games Centre enters liquidation

Another games retailer disappears from the High Street

Award winning and highly regarded UK independent retailer Games Centre has entered liquidation.

The chain is based in Scotland and operated eight stores and an online outlet. It had been running for over 25 years. The team, led by Robert Lindsay, was a regular face at UK retail events and has collected seven MCV Awards for Best Independent Retailer (including this year).

It's the latest casualty of the UK games retail scene, which has also seen the closure of Grainger Games in March - another independent chain which operated 67 stores across the UK. Independent online retailer GameSeek then closed earlier this month.

Both chains had faced significant operating difficulties in the face of digital downloads and a troubled UK retail scene. Indeed, UK stores such as Maplins, Toys R Us, M&S and Mothercare have had to either close entirely or reduce their store count this year due to a fall in sales.

Games Centre boss Robert Lindsay told GamesIndustry.biz that the news probably doesn't come as a surprise because "the whole physical games market has been in decline for a while now and our business costs have risen significantly over the last 18 months. But it is heartbreaking nonetheless."

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Christopher Dring

Head of Games B2B

Chris is a 15-year games business veteran. He spent nine years at UK business weekly MCV, including five years as editor. He joined GI in 2016 and oversees editorial, sales and events worldwide. He is the architect behind Best Places To Work Awards and GI Live. And is a tiny bit obsessed with market data. He also writes for Doctor Who Magazine. Because Doctor Who is awesome.