Game Group could be left on the shelf as EA refuses to send top new games

Kasmira Jefford
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GAME GROUP’S shares plunged 16 per cent yesterday and its future looked more uncertain after the chain admitted that one of the biggest video game makers was refusing to forward several new releases.

The ailing retailer said in a statement that, after approaching its suppliers for support, it had been unable to agree terms over a “small number” of titles, namely Electronic Arts’ Mass Effect 3 – the most anticipated game of the year so far.

Game, which has been hit by a dearth of new consoles coming on to the market, struck a deal with banks earlier this month to avoid breaching the terms of its loans.

In an internal memo to staff yesterday Game said: “We will not stock products if the terms are not right for our business.”