Gamestop buys Impulse

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By on March 31, 2011 5:38:30 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

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Is this true? http://techcrunch.com/2011/03/31/gamestop-acquires-game-streaming-startup-spawn-labs-and-distribution-platform-impulse/

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March 31, 2011 5:40:31 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

What's the date tomorrow? 

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March 31, 2011 5:41:21 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Apparently this "tech crunch" site is not very reliable. Or at least, not on one day out of the year.

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March 31, 2011 5:41:56 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Lord Xia,
What's the date tomorrow? 

Depends where you live.

Back in my day, Aprils Fools was done in April.

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March 31, 2011 5:43:08 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

It's true... and note: that's from gamestop's corp website on March 31st.  Tis real.

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=130125&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1544860&highlight=

 

GRAPEVINE, Texas, Mar 31, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), the world's largest multichannel video game retailer, today announced the acquisition of Spawn Labs, a streaming technology company. In addition, GameStop announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase Impulse, Inc., a subsidiary of Stardock Systems, Inc., and a leader in digital distribution. The Impulse acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in May 2011.

Spawn Labs, part of the GameStop network, brings patented technology and a talented team of technologists with unique game streaming and virtualization expertise. The Spawn Labs team will work closely with GameStop's existing R&D group to develop GameStop's growing suite of digital game products and services.

Once the Spawn Labs integration and testing on a new consumer interface is complete, users will have immediate access to a wide selection of high-definition video games on demand on any Internet-enabled device.

"Our customers are gaming in many locations and on many devices, and we need to deliver the same great immersive experience that they have come to expect," said GameStop President Tony Bartel. "Spawn Labs and Impulse provide a customer-friendly and publisher-friendly way for us to accomplish this."

Impulse, Inc. provides a proven digital distribution platform that allows users to quickly and easily find their favorite games and download them to their Internet-connected devices.

J. Paul Raines, chief executive officer of GameStop, said, "With these important acquisitions, we will continue to make appropriate investments related to our multichannel strategy. GameStop is uniquely positioned to be the leader in both the physical and digital gaming space."

For users, developers and publishers, Impulse will offer three specific components:

 

  • Impulse::Client - allows gamers to have instant access to a library of more than 1,100 games on day one as well as the ability to manage their game-related downloads and purchases.
  • Impulse::Reactor - provides content publishers customer friendly DRM and copy protection tools. It also allows developers to enable achievements, account management, friend lists, chat, multiplayer lobbies, and cloud storage within their games.
  • Impulse:ublisher - allows publishers to manage all aspects of their game with powerful real-time reporting and management tools.

Impulse, Inc. will remain an actively running business with full integration on GameStop.com anticipated within the next few months. To learn more about Impulse, Inc. and Spawn Labs, visit www.impulsedriven.com and www.Spawnlabs.com.

Media Conference Call Information

Tony Bartel, president, and Shawn Freeman, senior vice president and general manager of digital for GameStop, will host a media conference call at 10 a.m. Central Time (11 a.m. Eastern Time) on Monday, April 4, 2011 to discuss the acquisitions. To access the conference call in number and accompanying passcode, media outlets and working journalists should email PublicRelations@GameStop.com. The conference call will be simulcast on the Internet at http://investor.gamestop.com/ and will be archived on the website until April 29, 2011.

About GameStop Corp.

GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is the world's largest multichannel video game retailer. GameStop's retail network and family of brands include more than 6,670 company-operated stores in 17 countries worldwide, www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site with more than 13 million monthly unique visitors, and Game Informer(R) magazine, the leading multi-platform video game publication. The company also sells video games and related merchandise at www.GameStop.com. General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company's corporate website.

Safe Harbor

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, the outlook for fiscal 2011, future financial and operating results, projected store openings, the company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of GameStop's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. GameStop undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: the inability to obtain sufficient quantities of product to meet consumer demand, including console hardware and accessories; the timing of release of video game titles for next generation consoles; the risks associated with expanded international operations and the integration of acquisitions; the impact of increased competition and changing technology in the video game industry, including browser and mobile games and alternative methods of distribution; and economic, regulatory and other events, including litigation, that could reduce or impact consumer demand or affect the company's business. Additional factors that could cause GameStop's results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in GameStop's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011 filed with the SEC and available at the SEC's Internet site at http://www.sec.gov or http://investor.gamestop.com.

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SOURCE: GameStop Corp.

Chris Olivera
Vice President
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
GameStop Corp.
(817) 722-7253
or
Matt Hodges
Divisional Vice President
Investor Relations
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(817) 424-2126
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March 31, 2011 5:46:13 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

This is true.  See here: http://forums.impulsedriven.com/407119

 

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March 31, 2011 5:55:34 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Well, this will certainly change things. I mean if they really do just expand the selection of titles available it will be for the best, but why do I have the suspicion that they will want to make things more like Steam. 

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March 31, 2011 6:03:29 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Could be a game changer if Gamestop starts saying "we won't sell games that aren't on Impulse".

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March 31, 2011 6:10:46 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Tridus,
Could be a game changer if Gamestop starts saying "we won't sell games that aren't on Impulse".

That's what I was thinking might be a good thing, if the relatively DRM free approach of Stardock is kept (which as a retail outlet and not a developer, is something they might agree with). Impulse's catalog seems sure to increase regardless, and I'm sure Valve is going to be a whole lot more worried about it now.

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March 31, 2011 6:18:26 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

If the plans for Reactor are unchanged, and Gamestop pilots Impulse as ethically as Stardock has done, then I suppose this probably will be good for consumers.

I don't really see how it's good for Stardock, though. I hope Brad got a lot of money for it.

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March 31, 2011 6:26:52 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Seems fitting for Gamestop to buy Impulse, since most titles on Impulse are North America region restricted, and Gamestop doesn't sell outside the USA.

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March 31, 2011 6:32:32 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

This fucking sucks. 

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March 31, 2011 6:33:48 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Smart move by Gamestop, but I get the feeling that Stardock just cut off its best performing revenue stream.  Can't say I'm happy about Gamestop being the purchaser.  In theory, this will let the Stardockians focus on developing their PC games and apps..we'll have to see how it plays out.

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March 31, 2011 6:34:08 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I'm quite impressed because Frogboy always wanted Impulse to provide competition for Steam, and that is the main beneficial thing I see coming out of this.

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March 31, 2011 6:34:42 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting coreimpulse,
and Gamestop doesn't sell outside the USA.

From gamestop.com:

 

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March 31, 2011 6:39:16 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting kryo,



Quoting coreimpulse,
reply 11
and Gamestop doesn't sell outside the USA.


From gamestop.com:


Australia
Austria
Canada
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Ireland
Italy
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United States
 

Oh, look there. Regionally restrcited to the North America, Western Europe and Australia and New Zealand.  They're not an international retailer.

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March 31, 2011 6:39:24 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

This is definitely very very good news for PC gamers.  I don't know what some folks are thinking but I can't think of a piece of better news for PC gamers than for the world's largest gaming retailer to heavily invest in digitally distributing PC games worldwide.  

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March 31, 2011 6:45:04 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I thought Impulse was paying the EWOM and FE staff... does this mean they're toast?  did you make enough money to retire and spend the rest of your life making computer games ... oh wait, that's what you do already?!?!

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March 31, 2011 6:48:57 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

No no no No!  At least steam is a privatly held company. I won't use steam and passed on Civ5 over issues of privacy, security, reliabilty, and license ownership.  If I don't trust steam how can I trust a corporate entity!?  Particularly one who just last month got slapped with a class action lawsuit for their handling of customer credit card info!?!  And one who last year faced a suit for deceptive DLC advertising!?!  A company who's been sued by its own employees at least twice for unpaid overtime!  etc.

 

Bah! I hope this isn't so.  If it is, then I may close my Impulse account.  I'll lose Elemental and Fallen Enchantress, but count myslef lucky that I learned of this before making my planned purchase of GalCiv2 and Sins.  And what about Object Desktop?  Will the only way to get it be through Gamestop?

 

Man I hope this is just an April Fools joke.  It's gotta be.  All this Stardockian talk about the benefits of being a privatly held company and owning their own online distribution.  Don't tell me all that talk was just marketing cheese.  It meant something more than just selling me on a game... right?

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March 31, 2011 6:50:00 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

I have a bad feeling about this...

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March 31, 2011 6:50:41 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Trojasmic,
I thought Impulse was paying the EWOM and FE staff... does this mean they're toast?  did you make enough money to retire and spend the rest of your life making computer games ... oh wait, that's what you do already?!?!

No, that's Stardock Games, which is part of Stardock. Impulse is the distribution platform.

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March 31, 2011 6:52:54 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting coreimpulse,

Quoting kryo, reply 15


Quoting coreimpulse,
reply 11
and Gamestop doesn't sell outside the USA.


From gamestop.com:


Australia
Austria
Canada
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Ireland
Italy
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United States
 


Oh, look there. Regionally restrcited to the North America, Western Europe and Australia and New Zealand.  They're not an international retailer.
That's multiple nations. Thus, international. Perhaps you mean they're not a global retailer?

Also, regional restrictions aren't involved in that, that's where they operate. There's nothing (so far as I know) that prevents you from buying a game in a Gamestop store in Norway and then playing it in South Africa. And if there were any such restriction, that would not be because of Gamestop.

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March 31, 2011 6:53:13 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting FutileEmotion,
Smart move by Gamestop, but I get the feeling that Stardock just cut off its best performing revenue stream.  Can't say I'm happy about Gamestop being the purchaser.  In theory, this will let the Stardockians focus on developing their PC games and apps..we'll have to see how it plays out.

From what they've said in the past, I suspect that licensing their desktop tools to OEMs is the real core revenue stream. Impulse was a profit maker, but if you can get a substantial cash payout and focus the business on its core things, that can turn out well. Fundamentally Impulse isn't core to what Stardock does.

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March 31, 2011 6:53:49 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

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March 31, 2011 6:55:15 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

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