June 1st marks the end of an era as GameStop rolls out a stoppage of PlayStation 2 console and game trade-ins company wide. Certain stores dropped the console as of April 1st. Of course, the company will continue to sell whatever stock they have left online and in stores until its gone. Assuming GameStop follows the pattern of previous console deaths, deep discounts could be in store, including buy 1, get 1 free sales. GameStop’s statement reads:
“We know that the 12 year old system is a popular one and for many gamers, GameStop is the only place to find a great selection of its games. We will still offer a wide selection of the PS2 hardware, accessories and games in many of our stores and online for several months, based on remaining stock from trades.”
The move comes as 2013 signals new gaming hardware spreading into the stores, and dumping PlayStation 2 stock means shelf space for the latest titles. Note that many stores have been eager to dump DS and Wii titles as well, with sharp price drops and plentiful sales, although there has been no official announcement regarding trade-ins for those consoles.