GameStop Corp, America’s largest video game and entertainment software specialist retailer have announced the acquisition of Gamesworld Group Ltd., the Irish video game retailer. Gamesworld has 11 retail locations around Ireland and GamesStop intends to build on this success, creating up to 100 new jobs. “We are very excited to partner with the world’s largest video game specialist retailer,” said Kevin Neary, Managing Director of Gamesworld. “Teaming up Gamesworld and GameStop will create a strong growth opportunity for video game retailing in Ireland. This relationship is a big win for our customers and our employees. We’re looking forward to further extending he GameStop brand into Ireland.”
GameStop, which Barnes and Noble has a 60 percent interest in, sells PC software, hardware and game accessories for Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to expand our operation in the vibrant Irish games market,” said R. Richard Fontaine, Chairman and CEO of GameStop Corp Ireland. “Having a large per capita game console install base, provides us with a unique opportunity to bring our brand of game retailing to this dynamic market”.
Neary will retain his position of Managing Director as will the other founding partners of Gamesworld Group, Michael Finucane, Commercial Director and Paul Hennessy, Financial Director.