Or I dunno, maybe given some thought to what customers actually want out of a retail video-game experience and tried to deliver that? Nah, let’s jam our unwanted but slightly higher-margin categories down their throats until they give up and leave the store to get the hell away from the poor employees who are required to harass them.
Sure, maybe they were d0med no matter what, and likely a hypothetical successful GameStop can’t exist at the same scale as it did in its glory days – the demand probably just isn’t there to support the footprint. Maybe there was no path for GS to get there, the vampire finance sector doing what it does with publicly traded companies. But still. Of all the paths they might have chosen to walk, this came with a lot of guarantees of failure.