Pennsylvania revokes GameStop’s business license after refusal to close

Aries

Administrator
Despite the guidance presented by local and state officials on what is considered an “essential business” GameStop took it upon itself to determine that it needed to remain open. In fact, the retailer doubled down and in a memo to employees, it instructed how to interact with law enforcement who show up to enforce the “life-sustaining businesses only” executive order.

Governor Tom Wolf is not leaving it up to GameStop (or any retailer) in the state, and his office is not taking risks regarding what is and what isn’t considered essential or life-sustaining business during this time. In a Reddit post, it appears that not only will GameStop not be considered essential but it won’t even get the chance to combat the ruling as its Operating Permit (License) has been suspended until further notice in the state.


 

Abizaga

Member
Good. Fuck gamestop for thinking they can ignore government orders and declare themselves "essensial" like it's their call.
 

PGen98

Moderator
They pushed their luck and got exactly what they deserved, IMO. Surprised it's only one state that took this sort of action, it was ridiculous that they kept themselves open in spite of growing fears globally and put their own employees in harms way for no reason.
 

PGen98

Moderator
Pretty true, Gamestop are a sinking ship trying everything to save themselves, but common sense needs to prevail even in situations like this. Hell, where was Reggie on this one? Isn't he supposed to be helping them save face?
 

Paladin

Paradox of Nothingness
Moderator
It's a good thing that Pennsylvania is forcing them to close. They got too entitled. Let this be a lesson to other GameStops who think they can play themselves off as "essential" in a crisis.
 

Juneberry

Member
On the one hand I can see thinking of them as 'essential' to some degree just because people desperately need outlets and distractions to calm down the anxiety and such, but refusing to close down when the government tells you to close down is just dumb. Unless the government includes you as 'essential', you're not essential.
 

Abizaga

Member
I have to disagree once again on them being essential. With the fact that you can buy games digitally straight from your console and have safer alternatives like Amazon and having Best Buy mail you games, they are if nothing else, obsolete.
 

Nova

Member
I am glad this was done. Goes to show there is definitely a way to stand against big business and the people who risk lives of other people in danger. So I think it's not that bad decision.
 
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