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October 27, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Best Buy has partnered with Limited Run Games to distribute limited quantities of select video games

Best Buy has partnered with Limited Run Games
Limited Run Games may be able to expand and offer more variety by letting Best Buy into the mix.
Every Friday Limited Run Games offers a unique game for sale in physical formats - no downloads. At 10:am and again at 6:00pm you can log onto their website and place orders for the limited quantity game(s) up for grabs. Get there two minutes late... you might lose out. Night Trap, for example, sold out almost instantly.

I love what Limited Run Games does. So many great games only exist as downloads. Limited Run Games takes asome of these mazing video games for PS4, PS Vita, and Nintendo switch and release them on physical media complete with an official case. This is a great scenario for collectors who want physical versions of their favorite downloads. So how does Best Buy fit in here?

Yooka-Layle via Limited Run Games Apparently Best Buy approached LRG when the physical version of Yooka-Laylee was on the horizon. Seems the retail giant wanted to get into the "limited" game. Before you go into full rage-mode... this may be a good thing for gamers and the growth or Limited Run Games.

LRG made a point of saying they are not selling out to Best Buy. Just as we all clamor of Friday's for a limited supply of games, Best Buy will be in a similar situation. Their stores will only have a handful of copies and they will not be getting all the games. Granted a "few copies" at each store is still a lot of games, they will only be selling select titles.

I think this could work out quite well. I don't see it changing too much about the way I shop on the Limited Run Games site. On might say it puts more copies into the market, thus reducing the collectibility and value as a collectable item, but I don't think it will have much impact. There is also the argument that indy developers will get a fair share of sales because layers of middle-men are not being used in traditional retail. Bet Buy will also give more exposure to LRG and their mission in the gaming industry.

If anything, it will enable LRG to expand and perhaps offer more games or add more platforms as they've recently done by offering Switch games. You may even see games up for sale two days per week. I'm speculating on this, but I feel the stronger they are in the marketplace, the more options we'll have as customers. I dig what they do and look forward to new innovations.

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