Over at GameSpot, several confidential sources have described some of the adversarial elements of retailer / publisher relations in ANZ.
Penned by Laura Parker, the in-depth article talks about the issues which have arisen with EB securing such a large market share (which is still speculative) in the local market.
These include grey importing, bullying tactics, demands for exclusive content and more, although the majority of the practises cited are par for the course in most high-end retail environments, the notable exception being that of bullying tactics. This particular allegation comes from former NZ games distributor (now in other goods) Monaco, and EB is given the chance to refute the claims the article.
Causes of a supposed rift between retailers and publishers aren’t limited to EB either, with JB’s grey importing policy called into question and publishers’ pricing models also being scrutinised for their impact on the working relationship between arms of the industry.
The article in its entirety can be read here.
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