While GameStop has been heavily criticized for staying open during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and promising to not pay employees during a shutdown, another video game retailer is doing the same across the pond.
U.K. based retailer GAME are also being criticized by their employees for being open during the outbreak despite the government has encouraged all non-essential workers to stay at home. This has come to light thinks to a new piece by Eurogamer which features several quotes from current GAME employees.
Various complaints including not being supplied with proper cleaning supplies, not providing staff with extra hours for deep cleaning, and still accepting cash as a payment despite encouraging contactless payments.
One staff members even says that morale at the head offices “is just as low as stores.” Stating:
“I think trying to get people to pick up Doom early is socially irresponsible but I can also see why they want as much money in the tills before the inevitable shutdown.”
“This has all been born out of the fear of stores closing and the fact we can’t turn store pre-orders into online orders and ship them out directly. And as stores are still the biggest channel, that’s a lot of lost sales.”