The unavailability of PS5 has been bothering Indian gamers for a few months now. Recently, bollywood actor Boman Irani recently shared a picture of himself with his new PlayStation 5 (PS5). The actor tagged retailer, Games The Shop, that helped the actor purchase the newest console. Similarly, when the PS5 had just launched in February this year, actress Shruti Haasan had shared a similar picture showing-off her purchase from the same retailer.
However, this did not go down well with the gamers in India. The gamers have been questioning retailers as to why the gaming console is not available for the common people. PS5 has been unavailable in the Indian markets ever since it first launched in February.
The Indian gaming community has been upset over the issue of PS5’s unavailability. Since Sony showed no signs of re-stocking it ;left the Indian gamers disappointed. Indian gamers even started an online petition to Sony for re-stocking of the console. Recently, news came to light that Sony will begin the pre-orders for the PS5.
However, Bollywood celebrities showing-off their PS5 consoles added to the outrage among the Indian gamers. The celebrities revealed they purchased their PS5 from retailer Games The Shop. Not only bollywood celebs but even social media influencers like Scarlett Rose purchased their PS5 from the same retailer, state news reports. Some gamers pointed out that the retailer’s website was inaccessible to many prospective buyers during the PS5 launch as well as restocks.
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Games The Shop is a private Mumbai-based retailer. It is similar to America’s GameStop. The retail business is held by its parent company E-xpress, which is the largest game distributor in India and has a virtual monopoly in the market.
An employee at Games The Shop, who reportedly helped these celebrities get their consoles, told buyers that the celebrities purchased their consoles from their website. However, when IGN India verified the claims, it was found that the site had gone down just minutes before pre-orders of PS5 went live.
Sony had started pre-orders on May 17, 2021. The consoles are likely to be restocked in the Indian markets in the coming months.
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