Former GameStop CEO Paul Raines Passes Away at 53

The GameStop CEO has passed away following a lengthy bout with cancer.


J. Paul Raines, the former chief executive officer of video games retailer GameStop, passed away last Sunday following an ongoing battle with cancer.

Raines stepped down from the position of GameStop CEO back in November of last year following then-undisclosed medical issues. Reports indicated that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor as early as 2014, after which he underwent a surgical procedure.

Speaking in a statement, current GameStop CEO Mike Mauler lamented the loss of his coworker and spoke toward the effect Raines had on the company.

“We are profoundly sad to learn of the passing of our friend and former chief executive officer, J. Paul Raines,” Mauler said. “His spirit is woven into the fabric of our company and the entire GameStop family mourns this loss.

"Paul was a brilliant man and remarkable visionary, as well as a compassionate, caring and inspirational community leader who was beloved by many. Paul cared deeply about his work and his GameStop family, but his greatest love was for his family. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to them and all those whose lives and hearts Paul touched during his journey.”

Raines started his career at GameStop in 2008, holding the position of Chief Operating Officer. He stepped up to the CEO role in 2010, and during his tenure was able to help push GameStop into the general technology market and acquire popular online retailer ThinkGeek. He is survived by his wife and two children, and his legacy will continue on through the GameStop Gamer Fund, a charitable initiative that offers cash grants to company employees who have fallen on hard times.

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    March 7, 2018 12:30 PM

    Kevin Tucker posted a new article, Former GameStop CEO Paul Raines Passes Away at 53

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      March 7, 2018 12:35 PM

      It will be an open casket funeral, but the casket will be sold for full price afterwards since it's the last one they have.

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        March 7, 2018 12:41 PM

        the body cavity will be stuffed with Funko Pop!

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      March 7, 2018 1:53 PM

      Would you like to sign up to Game Informer to stay on top of news like this?

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      March 7, 2018 2:00 PM

      Something something about trade-ins.

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      March 7, 2018 2:10 PM


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      March 7, 2018 5:23 PM

      It's only somebody who died, right? lulz. Why don't you guys take just a few seconds, as adults, to think "Would I say this in front of his wife and children?" Maybe you just don't give a fuck? It is the internet after all.

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        March 7, 2018 5:37 PM

        Yeah... I'm no fan of Gamestop, but jeeeez. Dude died and left a family behind.

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        March 7, 2018 5:38 PM

        Because making a snarky post on the internet is just like saying something to his wife's face.

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          March 7, 2018 5:45 PM

          Does that really make it better though? Making anonymous snarky comments about someone who just died?

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            March 7, 2018 8:09 PM


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            March 7, 2018 8:22 PM

            so no snarky anonymous internet comments about anyone who dies ever? or is there some line that was crossed here?

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          March 7, 2018 5:46 PM

          I think the point was that a not-terrible person would show the same discretion when talking about the deceased, whether they were speaking face to face with someone grieving or making an anonymous comment into the internet ether.

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          March 7, 2018 8:08 PM

          It's pointless, unfunny, nihilistic, assholish behavior. People post a lot about how this site can't seem to grow an new audience, but comments like this strike me as a good example of why.

          This is videogame-related news, and all the responses are negative, childish spite.

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        March 7, 2018 5:49 PM

        Yeah I mean, these responses aren't even funny.

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          March 7, 2018 8:17 PM

          For real. If you’re going to make fun of someone who just passed away then you should at the very least put some effort in to it.

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        March 7, 2018 7:54 PM

        I'm pretty disappointed with some of these comments. Regardless of your thoughts on GameStop, people need to show a bit of humility and respect.

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          March 7, 2018 8:11 PM

          I have a long hard think about that while I'm letting a steamy hot yellow stream fly on Billy Graham's grave.

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          March 7, 2018 8:25 PM

          meh. people die. you wouldn't have given this guy's death a second thought had you not felt outraged by others' comments.