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Today retail giant GameStop announced that it will acquire the indie game community site Kongregate in a deal that is expected to be signed on August 1. Kongregate, which “hosts 10 million monthly players who spend approximately 23 million hours per month on the site,” will to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

According to the press release, “Acquiring Kongregate strengthens GameStop’s digital platform and its commitment to become the gaming aggregator of choice.” GameStop CEO J. Paul Raine added, “Kongregate advances GameStop’s digital strategy by providing a gaming platform for casual, mobile and browser games that can be promoted and played by our existing gamers.”

While some gamers may be upset that one of their favorite gaming sites just got bought out by GameStop, Kongregate co-founder Jim Greer assured them stating, “Our community will only be enhanced with GameStop’s close relationship with millions of passionate gamers.”

Personally, I’ve only been to Kongregate a few times. Flash games aren’t really my scene. I should say, however, that at my current job, we’ve put a few of our games up on Kongregate in an attempt to generate a some buzz. I honestly don’t know how (or if) this news will affect my employer’s future practices.

What do you guys think about this? Are there any hardcore Kongregate gamers lurking out there? Do you think this will help or hurt Kongregate? What about GameStop?


  1. avatar Chris Kimmel

    I frequently play flash games on Kongregate myself, but I am shaken by this news. To me, the main attraction of Kongregate is it’s independence from any large companies. This allows them to take strides whichever way pleases them without worrying greatly about profit impacts. I, personally, foresee banner advertisements flooding the pages, less developer friendly terms, and over-usage of the already in-use “cred” system, that allows players to purchase add-ons and power ups to their games.

    Honestly, I think that Kongregate is ruined.

  2. avatar Chris Kimmel

    By the way, my Kongregate name is lego_pi.

  3. This is bad news period. When a gaming site or hub, even one for java games, is bought out by a company that makes it’s money by selling games not designing them it is sort of clear what will happen. Kongregate will become nothing but a gamestop platform to sell java games and cram more advertising down your throat.

  4. avatar Chris Kimmel

    For the record, Kongregate does flash games, and there is some propaganda/info here (depending on how you look at it…):

  5. avatar Chris Kimmel

    For the record, Kongregate does flash games (Which I think are different than Java, I’ll have to cheack), and there is some propaganda/info here (depending on how you look at it…):

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