I’ve never been shy with how I’ve felt about GameStop and how crappy of a business they are. But this surprised even me for hitting a new low. GameSpy has a story up today where GameStop was caught, yes actually caught, removing the free OnLive version coupons that gave PC owners of Deus Ex: Human Revolution a copy of the same game on the OnLive gaming platform. Which just happens to be a company that they are competing with in the online video game market (with their ownership of Impulse). Once again, this shows people how shady of a company GameStop is, and that we really need to stop showing any of our support to them.
We received reports from a handful of GameStop customers claiming that their new PC boxed copies of DXHR were opened and the OnLive codes were missing. We also received evidence from an anonymous tipster suggesting that it was GameStop management that made the decision to physcially remove the OnLive codes from its PC copies of the game.
Below is a photo of an email printout allegedly sent by GameStop management. We’ve blurred out the contact information of the person who sent the email, but we did phone the individual and confirm he is a GameStop employee. The individual declined to comment on the OnLive codes and immediately directed us to GameStop’s media relations department.