ORIGINAL: Erik Rutins
We hear you, but we are bound by contract here. I have asked if we can release this earlier than originally planned, but if they say no we will have to wait until the 24th. Believe me, we want to get it to you ASAP and we are ready to sell it if we get the green light. We just don't want to cause any issues on the retail side.
Erik, are you asking NTronium, is that who you are referring to?
Just some anecdotes, not advice or anything like that. When I worked at Ebgames, when one party "broke contract" it basically made the contract void - i.e. if Best Buy sold a copy early then we would follow suit in the spirit of fair competition. It was a dirty business, some retailers would send "spies" to get early copies and force competitors to break street date so they could sell early (there was a chance at fines if you broke street date early and it resulted in poor relations with a distributor or publisher). This happened more often than you think - especially with big releases - like Blizzard ones (we actually had Warcraft 3 copies about three weeks before release date, sitting in the back, mocking us).
Strange this would happen with Armada 2526, I'm thinking it was a misunderstanding - as people are pulling back from PC sales. But IMHO, Matrix should be allowed to sell, under free competition - Gamestop shouldn't have market monopoly.
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