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GameStop: MW2 Release Was Corporate Decision

Early this weekend, GameStop broke the street date for Activision's Modern Warfare 2. The retailer said it had special permission to break the official November 10 date because of smaller, "mom and pop" stores that had already broken the date. However, it seems Activision did no such thing.

A company spokesperson told both Joystiq and Kotaku that Activision did not give any retailer permission to sell the title early and went on to reiterate the official street date.

"Activision has not given any retailer permission to sell Modern Warfare 2 prior to the Nov. 10 street date. The company fully supports the Nov.10 street date."

GameStop has since said the decision to sell Modern Warfare 2 before November 10 was a corporate one. Chris Olivera, vice president for corporate communications at GameStop's Grapevine, Texas headquarters contacted Kotaku on Sunday night to confirm that the company had made an executive decision to release the game in markets where the street date had already been broken.

This past weekend, GameStop made the decision to break street date and sell reserved copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in select markets where other retailers had broken street date. Our decision followed many conversations with Activision and was an effort to protect our customer base.