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GameStop Corp. Announces EA SPORTS ``Madden NFL 2003'' Hits All-Time Record High For A Sports Title

August 12, 2002
GRAPEVINE, Texas, Aug 12, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), the nation's largest video game and entertainment software specialty retailer, today announced that reservations for the PlayStation 2 version of Electronic Arts "Madden NFL(TM) 2003" have reached an all-time record high for a sports title.

Dan DeMatteo, President & Chief Operating Officer, commented, "We are very excited about Madden NFL 2003. This is the first time that reservations have ever hit 50,000 for a sports title. As such, our initial order for this title has reached an all-time high." DeMatteo continued, "Gamers will be lined up in our stores, beginning today in some markets, as they have to be the first to play the new 2003 version of Madden. We expect that sales of Madden NFL 2003 will continue to be strong throughout the year, and will probably continue to break records."

    About GameStop Corp.
Headquartered in Grapevine, TX, GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), is the nation's largest video game and entertainment software specialty retailer. The company operates 1,068 retail stores throughout 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, under the GameStop(R), Babbage's(R), Software Etc.(TM) and FuncoLand(R) brands. In addition, the company owns a commerce-enabled Web property,, and Game Informer 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.

Barnes and Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world's largest bookseller, has approximately a 60 percent interest in GameStop. General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate Website:

This press release (including any attached schedules) contains "forward-looking statements." GameStop Corp. is including this statement for the express purpose of availing itself of the protections of the safe harbor provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to all such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and represent the beliefs of the management of the company. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks include, but are not limited to, general economic and market conditions, decreased consumer demand for the company's products, possible disruptions in the company's computer or telephone systems, possible work stoppages or increases in labor costs, possible increases in shipping rates or interruptions in shipping service, effects of competition, possible disruptions or delays in the opening of new stores or the inability to obtain suitable sites for new stores, higher than anticipated store closing or relocation costs, higher interest rates, the performance of the company's online and other initiatives, the successful integration of acquired businesses, unanticipated increases in merchandise or occupancy costs, unanticipated adverse litigation results or effects, product shortages, and other factors which may be outside of the company's control. Please refer to the company's reports on file with the SEC for a more detailed discussion of these and other risks that could cause results to differ materially.

CONTACT:          GameStop Corp.
                  Media Contact:
                  Lori M. Milovich, 817/424-2130
                  Director, Public & Investor Relations
                  Investor Contact:
                  David W. Carlson, 817/424-2130
                  Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

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