NEW YORK, May 16, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller, today announced that Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com) has launched a personal computer (PC) and video game store. Working with GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME; GME.B), one of the nation's largest retailers of video games, Barnes & Noble.com sells thousands of new and used video games, consoles, PC entertainment software, and related accessories. The selection includes the largest assortment of gaming products, including PSP, PS2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, as well as classic systems such as Super Nintendo, Dreamcast, and Playstation. You can also pre-order upcoming games and consoles.
"Through our partnership with GameStop, we are providing our customers with the largest and best collection of video games and related products, all competitively priced and quickly shipped," said Marie Toulantis, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble.com. "As part of our offer, we will provide exclusive bundles and special promotions, as well as our guaranty of 100% satisfaction on the purchase of used games and consoles."
"I'm delighted with our association with Barnes & Noble.com and being associated with such a powerful brand," said Richard Fontaine, chairman and chief executive officer of GameStop Corp. "Our extensive and comprehensive inventory, quality and service are now available at their game store for gamers of all ages."
Customers can save $5.00 on select kids' games in a special introductory offer from Barnes & Noble.com. All games come with an Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating.
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 820 bookstores in 50 states. For the third year in a row, the company is the nation's top retail brand for quality, according to the EquiTrend(R) Brand Study by Harris Interactive(R). Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web's largest e-commerce sites and the number-one brand among e-commerce companies, according to the latest EquiTrend survey. In addition to its retail operations, Barnes & Noble is one of the largest book publishers in the world. Its subsidiary, Sterling Publishing, publishes over 1,100 new titles a year and has an active list of over 5,000 titles.
General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate Web site: http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com.
About GameStop Corp.
Headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME; GME.B) is one of the nation's largest video game and entertainment software retailers. The company operates 1,826 retail stores throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Ireland and the United Kingdom, primarily under the GameStop(R) brand. In addition, the company owns a commerce-enabled Web property, GameStop.com, and Game Informer(R) magazine, a leading video and computer game publication.
GameStop Corp. sells the most popular new software, hardware and game accessories for the PC and next-generation video game systems from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, and is also the industry's largest reseller of used video games. In addition, the company sells computer and video game magazines and strategy guides, action figures, and other related merchandise to more than 30 million customers.
General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate Website: http://www.gamestop.com/investor-relations/
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Barnes & Noble, Inc. Carolyn Brown, 212-633-4062 Director, Corporate Communications or GameStop Corp. David Carlson, 817-424-2130 Chief Financial Officer