Can GameStop Make the Digital Jump?


The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Jason Hellmann and senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker discuss topics around the investing world.

GameStop has been working to maintain its relevance in the digital age. The recent reports that Sony had considered -- but ultimately abandoned -- the idea of leaving out an optical disc drive on its next video-game system shows just how quickly physical video game sales could dry up in the coming years. That's a huge risk to GameStop, a company reliant on bricks-and-mortar stores and used games that sell at higher margins.

In this video, Eric talks with Jason Hellmann, a former GameStop employee, about his experience with GameStop's army of loyal customers and asks whether they'll make the digital jump to many of GameStop's digital initiatives. Unfortunately for GameStop investors, his experience indicates that the hybrid model the company is pursuing could prove ultimately flawed.

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