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GameStop’s quarterly earnings call this afternoon covered the company’s financial results after the closure of their Puerto Rican stores, and a less prominent games slate for the first quarter.

Sales dropped a total of 4.3 percent to $1.97 billion, and hardware sales dropped 28.8 percent. On an earnings call with investors, a GameStop representative attributed this drop in sales to a comparatively weaker slate of releases in the first quarter of 2016.

Read the full article here at Gamasutra.

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The announcement earlier this year that Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games would be working with retailer GameStop on its latest game may have caught some by surprise. A retailer-development arrangement is not very common. But it turns out GameStop has bold plans in the publishing space.

The company today announced a publishing label called “GameTrust.” It’s not just Insomniac that has signed up, either, as other independent developers including The Order: 1886 developer Ready at Dawn, Tequila Works (Deadlight, Rime), and Frozenbyte (Trine series) are among the initial partners.

GameTrust is not to be thought of as a traditional publisher, GameStop VP of Internal Development & Diversification Mark Stanley told GameSpot in a recent interview. He explained that GameStop will not have any form of creative control over the games and studios it works with.

Read the full article here at GameSpot.

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