Video game retail giant GameStop is apparently getting in on the mobile tablet action.
According to published reports this week, GameStop is in the process of entertaining what an Android-powered tablet may bring to the company’s slate of product offerings.
“We’re in test phase right now. But we’re excited at the prospect of coming out with this tablet. I would call it a ‘GameStop-certified gaming platform,'” GameStop President Tony Bartel revealed. “We looked at all the tablets and these are the ones that really worked for gaming and we’re going to give you a few benefits that you’re not going to get elsewhere.”
For GameStop, the typical video-gamer’s transition to mobile gaming platforms has changed the way the company views its role in the gaming industry – a role that will grow exponentially should the company’s branded tablet ultimately manifest.
According to data from Resolve Market Research, 46 percent of tablet owners who also have a gaming console or portable gaming device report playing games much more often than they did before owning a tablet.
As Mobile Marketing Watch reported September 6th, GameStop will begin selling the iPhone this fall, another clue as to GameStop’s expanding commitment to mobile devices.
Sources in the know indicate that the full iDevice line – iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad – will be available at the popular video game retailer, possibly in time for the iPhone 5 release believed to be on tap for October.