RIP – RGB? Retro Game Shop On Its Last Life

RIP – RGB? Retro Game Shop On Its Last Life

Streatham based retro games shop, Retro Game Base, set for game over as the hunt for a new buyer proves unsuccessful.

London | Almost a year after announcing the search for a buyer to take over the business, the current owners have announced that unless someone comes forward to take over then they will be forced to close down on the 30th June.

Here’s the announcement from the 9th April:

Unfortunately we have been unable to find a buyer to take on RGB, so we have had to make the difficult decision to close the shop and business as of the 30th June UNLESS a buyer can be found. Any interested parties please email We are hugely grateful to all of our customers and fans worldwide, thanks so much!

Whilst retro gaming and collecting is probably as popular as it’s ever been (if the prices for completed listings on eBay are anything to go by), it seems that despite having both an online and physical presence on Streatham High Street, RGB is in need of help to survive. This in itself is a real shame as I’ve had the pleasure of losing at least an hour on my last trip there and I could’ve easily spent a lot more time and money there. The staff are knowledgeable, friendly and the selection of both games and consoles in this small yet treasure trove like shop is fantastic, so it’s a real shame to think that in little over 2 months it won’t exist.

So if you’ve ever had the dream of owning your own game shop then now’s your chance. But, if like me, you don’t have that kind of money then I’d urge you to at least get down there, check it out and grab yourself some good quality games while you’re there.

For more info check out the RGB Twitter @retro_game_base or Facebook @retrogamebase or for serious enquiries about taking over RGB you can email

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Stuart Latarche

About the author | Stuart Latarche

Gamer and console collector with a real love for retro, mainly anything 8 and 16 bit. Stu is also a nerdcore hiphop and chiptune fan. Follow Stu on Twitter: @2ButtonHero