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Video game retailer GameStop may soon push mobile gaming in its stores. The company is apparently planning to start offering Apple’s entire suite of iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, reports 9to5Mac.
The move makes sense for GameStop since there’s plenty of money to be made by tapping into the mobile gaming frenzy. The company has also started accepting trade-ins of Apple mobile devices for in-store credit, so it’s only a matter of time before it starts selling those used devices.
Apple doesn’t need GameStop’s help to sell iOS devices, but their presence in the game retailer’s stores could make traditional console gamers take mobile gaming more seriously. If anything, it’s a symbolic win for Apple to have the iPhone sold alongside traditional gaming devices like the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.
It’s unlikely that GameStop will be offering the devices in time for the iPhone 5’s launch (expected some time in October). But even if it misses the launch, GameStop could still make a killing by offering the iPhone and iPad this holiday season. As 9to5Mac points out, Apple has already ramped up iPhone sales significantly (it sold 20.34 million iPhones in the June quarter) by making it more widely available worldwide.