GameStop reportedly shutting down all stores in CaliforniaRetailer had previous tried to remain open despite shelter in place order, saying it was “essential business”Rebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterFriday 20th March 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareGameStop has reportedly shut down all of its stores in the state of California in response to a government lockdown order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).”We are closing our stores in California,” the company said in a note to its stores, obtained by Kotaku.”The closure will remain in effect until further notice as we obtain more information from the California Governor’s Office.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games California’s San Mateo county has been under a shelter-in-place order since March 17, which directed all non-essential businesses to close. That order was extended to the entire state of California yesterday.However, prior to today, GameStop was keeping its stores open even amidst lockdowns, saying its sale of products used for working for home qualified it as “essential retail” — a move disputed but not enforced by San Mateo county.GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to GameStop for comment on its policies going forward as COVID-19 safety measures continue to ramp up.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring YesterdayEpic reportedly offered $200m to Sony for PlayStation exclusivesThe firm also reportedly started discussions with Microsoft and noted that securing first-party Nintendo games would be a “moonshot”By Marie Dealessandri YesterdayLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.