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GameStop is staffing up in preparation for the next generation of consoles. They plan to hire about 17,000 employees across the United States for this holiday season, which will see the launch of next-gen consoles Xbox One and PS4.
The retailer says that the amount of hires is comparable to last year's holiday season. The company's stores experience a spike in activity during the holiday season as publishers debut their big new releases and families shop for gifts. The debut of two new consoles will only make things more hectic.
"Providing our customers a great experience is of paramount importance when it comes to defining who GameStop is as a retailer and delivering the total value we offer our customers,” said Mike Buskey, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at GameStop. “The holiday season is our busiest time of the year, accounting for approximately 40% of our annual revenue. As we near the 2013 holiday season, and the upcoming launches of the PS4 and Xbox One consoles, it is critical that we attract and retain high quality-talent both in our stores as well as in our consumer electronics refurbishment and distribution centers.”
These seasonal jobs are part-time, "flexible" gigs with hours on weekdays and weekends. Season employees will receive the same 15% discount on purchases made at GameStop stores or GameStop.com that normal employees receive.
Some of the in-store GameStop associates hired could earn full-time employment as well. Last year, GameStop hired about 25-30% of their holiday associates as full-time employees.
Hiring is currently underway and will continue through December. You can check out the company's openings here. GameStop says that additional details can be found on their LinkedIn page.
Although this recruitment drive is part of a usual yearly cycle, I'm still happy to write a jobs-related article that isn't about lay-offs. It's particularly nice to see GameStop staffing up after closing 250 locations this year. Here's hoping that many of the seasonal employees are hired on as full-timers.
The PlayStation 4 will launch on November 15th in North America. The Xbox One's debut is scheduled for the following week. Each console will launch with exclusive titles such as Ryse and Dead Rising 3 for Xbox One and Killzone: Shadow Fall and DriveClub for PS4. Publishers are also releasing next-gen versions of upcoming current-gen releases like Watch Dogs, Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts. The best-selling game of the year might already be in stores but the stores are only going to get busier from here until December.