If you're not one for ordering games online and having them conveniently dropped through your letterbox, then you'll be stoked at the news that GAME is reopening its high street stores in England and Northern Ireland on June 15.
The reopening date isn't a huge surprise, as that's the one outlined in the Prime Minister's lockdown exit strategy. Stores in Wales will reopen on June 18, while the company is waiting on more information before it can commit to a reopening date in Scotland.
As you'd expect, there's going to be social distancing measures in place with a cap on the number of customers allowed in store at any one time, and implementation of the two-metre rule, helpfully highlighted with markers which you'll be used to by now if you've ventured into the supermarket. There's no browsing allowed in-store, and customers are encouraged to peruse online, and use the Click and Collect, or Click and Reserve services, begging the question as to why you'd even bother going into the store in the first place. Alternatively, you can walk in blindly, having no clue what you're after, and hit up the staff to help you.
Staff will be decked out in masks, gloves, and face guards, and will be provided with hand sanitiser. Perspex screens have been installed at the tills, and the contactless spend limit has been upped to £45. If you've got a GAME reward card, you're being gently nudged into downloading the app instead to keep physical contact with anything in store to a minimum.
There is of course one reason to be bothering visiting the shop, and that's trade-ins. Trade-in products will be given a once over with alcohol wipes, and isolated for three days before they're put out on sale. The whole process will take a while longer, so be sure to familiarise yourself with what's in store for you before heading in store. [GAME]