GameStop claims to be “essential” to avoid closing

Many locations have instructed non-essential retail stores to close. However, GameStop issued a memo to their employees instructing them to ignore any such attempts by law enforcement. Instead, they were instructed to give the police a note. This prepared statement would advise officials to call the corporate office with any questions. The electronics and video game store says they view themselves as “essential” and issued the following statement:

“While GameStop is best known as a provider of gaming and home entertainment systems, we also offer a wide array of products and devices that are important to facilitate remote work, distance learning, and virtual connectivity.”

The corporate statement went on to say:

“While there are many businesses and organizations far more critical than ours, we believe we can have a positive impact during this very challenging time. The health and safety of our employees and customers is of utmost importance and we have and will continue to take extensive precautions consistent with CDC guidelines.”

This statement has widely been criticized as disingenuous. Partially due to the fact they have not provided adequate cleaning supplies to their store employees. In some cases, even asking them to buy their own cleaning agents (according to online leaks of employee memos). Additionally, GameStop has not extended sick leave policies to employees, instead demanding employees to use their own days off. Similarly, this comes in the face of dropping stock prices due to digital purchases overtaking in store revenue.

We have not been able to confirm if any GameStop stores have actually used this tactic yet.

Do you think this is a good move by GameStop? Do you consider this store to be essential? Sound off in the comments with your opinions. Are you an employee at one such location? We want to hear from you!

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13 thoughts on “GameStop claims to be “essential” to avoid closing”

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    I have heard GameStop is not a great place to work. That being said, I have zero problem with this. Government should not force a business to close due to the virus. If the business decides to comply with a request fine, but forcing a business to close in a capitalist, free society is sort of anti what we stand for. Plus GameStop employees will still be working unlike a lot of employees of other places.

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    Alexander Strotman

    I dont really see them being essential. I’m a communications worker in field operations and I understand that were essential to keep residential, commercial and enterprise working and those who have to work from home as well. But to supply video games and game consoles? not very essential.

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    Honestly I think these would be a legit reasons to stay open. Besides, when you’re quarantined I’m sure you’re going to run out of video games to play if you have a gaming system 😅 so might as well keep the doors open! Support businesses as much as possible especially in this time when so many other people are still not working.

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    I think that the entire premise of their corporate policy is to satisfy the upper echelon with absolutely NO concern for their employees! I am basing this on the simple fact that they have made sure to note that their employees will not be allowed to take time off either pay unless they utilize their sick time policy. That’s just plain greed, in my opinion.
    Here is an excerpt from an email I received yesterday from Bestbuy. Here you can see the stark contrast between caring for your empl6and their families and then (Gamestops policy) of not giving a rats ass about THEIR employees!
    THIS IS Bestbuys approach;

    Speaking of our employees, everyone working right now is doing so on a voluntary basis, and all hourly employees who volunteer are receiving a temporary pay increase. Additionally, anyone feeling sick is told to stay home, and they will be paid for that time. Finally, anyone exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 is also told to stay home, with pay, and we are paying employees who may need to stay home to care for their children.

    I will definitely spend my money at Bestbuy going forward!!

    Paul Sebesta

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    Jonathan McGirr

    They aren’t the only ones doing this!! I work for train repair yard and the ones we fix aren’t for commuter or freight and haven’t seen tracks in years but they claim since we work in transit we are essential to staying open …..also with no cleaning supplies or even running water!!!

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    I feel they are just another company with views that are non compliant to this matter of health and survival. If employees feel that they are being “held” to the job against wishes then they should contact their local government authority. At least here in Vegas it’s the Strip Clubs wanting to stay open for “Mental Health” issues. LOL 😝

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    Bridgette Miramontes

    I don’t feel it’s essential. Especially if not following health guidelines and providing adequate needs for their employees. Sounds like total bull shit! The things they are claiming to be of importance can be bought at Walmart. Probably cheaper. Just my opinion. I’m stuck at home not getting to work and my job is housekeeping where we must disinfect homes but our business isn’t essential. So I guess it is what it is. Still I hear they are shitty people to work for.

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    While I myself am not, my 30 year-old son and his fiance are avid gamers. Having both been affected by COVID-19 work closure, they spend a large amount of their time at home gaming, which has given them a much needed outlet for stress and anxiety due to this crisis. Additionally, he’s currently earning his Bachelor’s degree online, so establishment which support his remote learning are greatly appreciated. I would however encourage GameStop to “Walk the Walk, not just Talk the Talk” by supplying their employees with adequate cleaning supplies and extended sick leave policies. This is what separates benevolent companies from ruthless profiteers!


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