Stephen Hall: Gamestation

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Stephen Hall
Company: Gamestation

It took a £3,000 Prince’s Trust loan to get video and computer games retailer Gamestation up and running back in 1993. But in less than 10 years founders Stephen Hall and Julian Gladwin turned the company into a 450 strong team, with 74 stores around the UK and a turnover of £35m to April 2002. As it is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Blockbuster, since October 2002, further figures are no longer available, but Hall is a name for the future.

2016 update:

Hall stepped down as managing director of Gamestation in 2003, relocating to Dallas, Texas to work with Blockbuster’s US games team. In 2007, Blockbuster sold Gamestation to its British rival Game Group for a reported £75m. After the Game Group went into administration in 2012, it was purchased by OpCapita, with all Gamestation stores being rebranded as Game.

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