GameStop customers may have had their credit card information stolen

Videogame retailer GameStop has issued a notice to customers who made purchases through its website between August 10, 2016 and February 9, 2017 that their names, address, and credit card information may have been stolen. As reported by Kotaku, the security breach was originally revealed in April, and was confirmed this week in a letter mailed to customers. 

“GameStop identified and addressed a potential security incident that was related to transactions made on GameStop’s website during a specific period of time," the company said in a statement. "GameStop mailed notification letters to customers who made purchases during that time frame advising them of the incident and providing information on steps they can take.”   

GameStop doesn't cater to the PC market like it used to, but it does still fill a niche for things like collector's editions, Steam cards (cough), and those of us who believe that the profusion of digital ephemera has led to a wholesale cheapening of the videogame industry and refuse to take part in its diminishing. So if that's a subset of the gamer crowd that includes you, you might want to take a second look at your credit card bills, and stay alert for potential trouble in the future. 

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.