A few years ago, PC game boxes were shrunk and standardized so game stores could cram more of them onto their tiny shelves. But today, one game retailer has grown so large that its inventory could be sold on punch cards stuffed in refrigerator boxes and still have enough room for copies of Steel Battalion for everyone.
America's largest video game retailers, GameStop Corp. and Electronic Boutique Holdings Corp., have signed a Definitive Merger Agreement under which GameStop will give EB shareholders $38.15 in cash and 0.78795 of a GameStop Class A common share in exchange for each share of Electronics Boutique. This consideration represents approximately $55.18 per EB share, which is a 34.2% premium to the company's closing price last Friday.
By 2006,GameStop will be the world's largest video game retailer, with over 3,800 stores - and thousands of unsold copies of Daikatana - worldwide.