Huge Canadian Game Giveaway Gets Out Of Hand, Becomes American Black Friday
Insert "blame the crack-smoking mayor of Toronto" joke here.
Apparently Canadian companies don’t care about things like profit margins, because this weekend Canadian game retailers Best Buy and Future Shop gave gamers the best deal ever: trade in literally any PS3 or Xbox 360 game and get Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag or Call of Duty: Ghosts, free. As you can imagine, things got crazy.
Canadian gamers lined up early and showed up to stores across the country in massive droves to take advantage of the offer, which gave away the PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii U versions of the $60 games. There were no restrictions on what you could trade in. Here’s some photo evidence via Twitter of the mayhem:
I think they’re trying to move the line into the store. I…don’t think they have enough cashiers. #futureshop pic.twitter.com/M0TL4JqySO
— Jonathan Ore (@Jon_Ore) November 9, 2013
@whit_by by dy182n #bestbuy #whitby #futureshop Bring in any PS3 game and get COD Ghosts, battlefield or assassin… pic.twitter.com/sezlHHlR2b — Whit.by (@Whit_by) November 9, 2013
In line @BBYCanada Coquitlam waiting to trade in an old game for #CODGhosts! @Patrick_ORourke pic.twitter.com/0Zls0VA8Ki — Laureen (@laureent) November 9, 2013
Things I do for video games…#futureshop #tradein #empresswalk pic.twitter.com/TUMBV7IuZu
— Derrick Wong (@derrickywong) November 9, 2013
This is what happens they announce trade in old video games for free, better and new games! #FutureShop #fb pic.twitter.com/7l0sJUO18q
— Nathalie Rodriguez (@natrodriguez11) November 9, 2013
Best Buy lineup for free game exchange in Dartmouth Crossing is crazy. But, crappy old game. = $60 new game? Yes plz pic.twitter.com/2plU9rNOud
— Andy Bowers (@evilpez4) November 9, 2013
@dkaszor And another. pic.twitter.com/LET9G9BAQj
— Anand Ram (@theanandram) November 9, 2013
Yeah, they’re polite-looking mobs – but what do you expect? It’s way too cold for mayhem in Canada in November.
If you’re in Canada (or sneaking across the border), the offer stands until November 11th – if the stores still have the games in stock.
(via Kotaku and Canada.com, image via Nick Licandro)
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