GameStop began in 1984 in Dallas, Texas as Babbage’s. The company was originally a software retailer.
In 1994, Babbage’s merged with Software Etc. In 1996, the company had 800 total stores and filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The company was kept afloat by Leonard Riggio, of Barnes and Noble.
In 2004, GameStop was spun off from Barnes & Noble as its own company.
In 2005, the company merged with EB Games (formerly Electronics Boutique).
In 2007, the company acquired Rhino Video Game from Blockbuster. In 2011, Spawn Labs was acquired.
GameStop currently operates over 6700 stores in 18 countries worldwide.