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GAME CEO resigns, confirms store closures

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GAME CEO Ian Shepherd has resigned from his role after it was announced that GAME Group has officially entered administration.

Following the appointment of PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) as administrators, GAME Group's Ian Shepherd stepped down as CEO with immediate effect, reports MCV.

GAME store on Oxford Street, London

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"I've said a number of times that the administrator, once appointed, takes charge of the business," explained Shepherd.

"Having two people try to do that is both confusing and a waste of money. With that in mind, I've agreed with Mike [Jarvis from PwC] that I will step down as CEO and the business immediately - this is my final email to you all."

Promising "big changes" to come, Shepherd seemingly confirmed store closures, which will be announced throughout what will be a "difficult week" for staff.

"I'm sad to confirm that no deal has been done, and so I have signed the necessary paperwork this morning to allow the appointment of administrators. The process has been finalised, and so Mike Jarvis from PwC takes charge immediately.

"He will have a lot to do very quickly. Let's be clear, he will certainly make big changes, both to the store estate and in the office, but will be doing so with a view to creating a trading business that he can attract a buyer for.

"As I've said before, the business is worth more trading than not. It's going to be a difficult week for everyone, but the best thing you can all do is support Mike and his team, and do your best to help create the most positive outcome you can.

"Mike will be communicating more with all of you today, both face to face where possible and by email, so watch out for that."

> Everything must go: Is this the death of games retail?

GAME Group announced its intentions to file for administration following last week's delisting from the London Stock Exchange.

Closing its chain of GameStation stores is said to be one of the main avenues GAME Group is exploring to cut costs.

The high street retailer's shares plummeted by 90% in 2011, despite £1 billion in annual turnover.

> GAME days away from possible closure: What do you think?

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