ThinkGeek Bought by GameStop

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

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You might have heard recently, Geeknet, the owners of ThinkGeek.com had been bought by Hot Topic for $122 million. Well, forget all that! In a press release put out today, Geeknet has announced that they’ve cancelled the deal with Hot Topic (and will pay the termination fee) in favour of an offer of $140 million from GameStop. In the press release, Geeknet said:

“Our Board and management team believe this transaction is in the best interest of Geeknet and its stockholders,” said Kathryn McCarthy, chief executive officer of Geeknet. “As a part of GameStop’s family of brands, Geeknet will be well-positioned to achieve our goals of increasing our brand awareness and expanding our product offerings.”

If you don’t know what ThinkGeek is, they’re an online retailer specialising in…well…geek culture, selling licensed products from various comics, anime, Star Wars/Trek, Doctor Who…anything nerd/geek culture, really.

ThinkGeek Logo

ThinkGeek Logo

It’s too early to tell exactly what (if any) changes GameStop will be making to Geeknet. Per the press release, the acquisition is supposed to help improve Geeknet’s distribution and marketing reach, maybe even including being able to pick up your ThinkGeek order at your local GameStop/EB Games.

What do you think, good or bad?

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  • Tara

    Well, that’s a shame. I guess I won’t be buying from them anymore. Stupid Gamestop ruins everything. :/

    • Klagmar

      I’d share that sentiment, but when the alternative was Hot Topic…

    • Tara

      I’ve had a lot of problems with Gamestop, but none with Hot Topic. Has Hot Topic ever tried to sell you something that was open and clearly not handled carefully at full price?

      I mean, yeah, Hot Topic definitely has the issue of having that “faux-edgy” atmosphere and whatnot, but they do know how to handle the kinds of merchandise Think Geek carries. Gamestop will find a way to ruin it, IMO.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    I prefer Gamestop to Hot Topic. It’s the lesser of two evils I guess.

  • Razorfall

    Makes sense. GameStop is a much better place to reach their target customer base.