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GameStop Removing Deus Ex for PC Off Shelves

GameStop Removing Deus Ex for PC Off Shelves

by Ryan SmithAugust 25, 2011

GameStop seems to be making a lot of press lately, but these latest moves aren’t exactly a good ones. As we reported yesterday, GameStop was instructed to remove the OnLive coupons from Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Some people even claimed they got a refund and bought it elsewhere because they wanted a sealed, untampered copy which is understandable. I would feel the same way.

The company issued a statement on the matter yesterday on their Facebook wall:

Regarding the Deus Ex OnLive Codes: GameStop’s policy is that we do not promote competitive services without a formal partnership. Square Enix packed a competitor’s coupon within the PC version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution without our prior knowledge and we did pull these coupons. While the new products may be opened, we fully guarantee the condition of the discs to be new. If you find this to not be the case, please contact the store where the game was purchased and they will further assist.

It doesn’t end there though. Today, in what seems to be a damage control effort after all of the press this scandal received, GameStop has pulled all PC copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution from their store shelves. That’s right, they’re no longer selling the PC version of the game until further notice. Square Enix issued this statement in response to GameStop’s:

As part of Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s boxed offering on PC, Square Enix included a third-party coupon. GameStop was not made aware of this inclusion and Square Enix respects the right of GameStop to have final say over the contents of products it sells and to adjust them where they see fit in accordance with their policies. Square Enix invites gamers who want to purchase the PC version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution without additional coupons to buy the game at any one of over 4,000 GameStop stores in North America or purchase a digital download copy online from

We’re hoping to hear word from OnLive on this whole debacle soon.

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At the age of 3, Ryan received an NES from a relative and the rest is history. Sneaking up past his bed time to play Ninja Gaiden or Super Mario Bros was a common practice for him, and often caught too. Wasting his youth away on the SNES or Genesis, slamming controllers, and wishing death upon his video game foes. Many a nights Ryan stayed awake to defeat that final boss. There was nothing more rewarding. As the PlayStation and N64 came around, his love for video games increased until it inevitably became one of his passions. Now days, much of his free time is consumed by playing on Xbox Live with friends. Here on The Game Fanatics as the Reviews Editor, Ryan gets to share his passion of videos games with all of you! There's nothing more rewarding than that. /win