GameStop Acquires Impulse, Spawn Labs

April 1, 2011 -

GameStop is up to something big. The company announced that it has acquired a streaming technology company and a popular digital distribution platform. The company announced that it has acquired Spawn Labs, a streaming technology company and has entered into an agreement with Stardock systems to purchase Impulse. The Impulse acquisition is subject to closing conditions and is expected to be complete in May 2011.

Spawn Labs becomes part of the GameStop network, and will bring its game streaming technology to GameStop's suite of digital game products and services. Once the Spawn Labs integration and testing on a new consumer interface is complete, users will gain access to a wide selection of high-definition video games on demand.

Impulse is a digital distribution platform that allows users to download and manage games. The Impulse suite is comprised of a client, Reactor technology for DRM, and publishing tools.

You can read the entire announcement here.


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Re: GameStop Acquires Impulse, Spawn Labs

Please say April Fools'. 

Re: GameStop Acquires, Impulse, Spawn Labs

April fools?.....right?....right?...please..

Re: GameStop Acquires, Impulse, Spawn Labs

Well, there goes me buying anything from Impulse.  Damn...

Hmm, I wonder if that means my commitment to buying Sins: Rebellion is now going to be paying Gamestop.  I really hope not, they annoy me.

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Re: GameStop Acquires, Impulse, Spawn Labs

A) You DO know that next to nothing will change because of Gamestop buying Impulse, right? It's just like when they bought Kongregate, all that happened was Kongregate got an ass-ton more advertisement.

B) How does Gamestop annoy you so much that you're debating on whether or not to buy something from one of their subsidiaries?

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Re: GameStop Acquires, Impulse, Spawn Labs

My question is: If so many gamers hate Gamestop, how the hell are they getting this kind of money to buy out everything?

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Re: GameStop Acquires, Impulse, Spawn Labs

"My question is: If so many gamers hate Gamestop, how the hell are they getting this kind of money to buy out everything?"

That's sort of silly reasoning, isn't it?

More people hate Wal-Mart than hate GameStop.  Apple and Microsoft have a whole lot of detractors too.  It's not just possible for a company to be both hated and successful, it's COMMON.

Re: GameStop Acquires, Impulse, Spawn Labs

By gouging consumers on second hand game sales. 

Re: GameStop Acquires, Impulse, Spawn Labs

It's not that easy to make money on used games. Even when they're priced for double what gamestop bought them for, gamestop still has to sell half their inventory just to break even. 

Re: GameStop Acquires, Impulse, Spawn Labs

Really? Instead of paying 60 USD for a 5 hour SP game, you can pay 55 and sell for 25. (and thus actually save 30).

If that is gouging, I imagine what is not gouging...

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Re: GameStop Acquires, Impulse, Spawn Labs

That would only work if the guy sell the game right away. Not everyone that gets used games does that.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

Re: GameStop Acquires, Impulse, Spawn Labs

OR you can take it back within 7 days and get ALL your money back. Or get something else. Your call.

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Re: GameStop Acquires, Impulse, Spawn Labs

If you make a habit out of that Gamestop can ban you from there stores.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

Re: GameStop Acquires, Impulse, Spawn Labs

They won't ban you. They just won't allow you to return games. They'll still let you come in and spend more money. Just don't be an idiot and make it a habit, that's all. It's still better than Blockbuster.

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