About Us

Your family for all things gaming

We've got you covered from new & retro video games, board games, toys, pop culture, simulation & much more!

Who we are

It’s not every day you come across a store with a history like ours. As ‘Australia’s longest operating independent video game retailer’, and the second oldest in the world, we know how to look after our customers. We have had a website since 1995... who knew the web even existed in 1995! We have been producing the famous Gamesmen catalogues  since 1990 and we also have a Retro Video Games Museum at our store in Penshurst – a once-in-a-lifetime experience for every gamer as it takes you through the evolution of gaming.

The Gamesmen is a family-owned and operated Australian business that has been around since 1982. Not only are we celebrating years of awesomeness but The Gamesmen is still run by the same Cusumano family! The range has expanded into a one-stop shop for video games, board games, toys, and pop culture merchandise.

Photo of The Gamesmen Store from May 2024

Our values

We have a commitment to our customers. We have a clear focus to deliver quality service, an extensive range of products, and to create a memorable shopping experience both online and in-store.

“They’ll forget the price but they’ll remember the service”
- Angelo Cusumano –

The team

Our fulfilment warehouse and our local customer care team are located in Sydney, NSW and put all the awesome products that we sell in the hands of our customers Australia wide. In 2021 we sent out over 400,000 products to our customers at super-fast speed. We offer PM delivery to our local Sydney customers as well as standard and express service’s via Australia Post – Australia Wide. All orders ship with comprehensive tracking and we even advise when the item has been packed and is on its way to your door. 95% of all in-stock orders ship the same business day!

You can even check out what our customers have to say about us on our Reviews Page

Get to know us (eBay Spotlight 2023)

  • The Gamesmen, a family-owned company since 1982, is now spearheaded by the founder's sons, Chris and Daniel Cusumano.
  • We cater to all your gaming needs, offering a broad spectrum of video games, consoles, collectibles, and pop culture items.
  • Our eBay store, recognized by a high feedback score of 99.6%, reflects our unwavering commitment to our customers.
  • Our dedicated team, some members with over 20 years of service, strive to provide you with an exceptional shopping experience.
  • We value your voice, continually adapting our services based on customer feedback.
  • Celebrating our 40th year in 2022, we're passionate about continuing our father's legacy in the gaming industry.

Our History

The Story Begins

Our story begins... - 2nd September 1982

Founded in 1982 by Angelo Cusumano Snr, we began our retail journey trading from market stands in almost every major marketplace in Sydney such as Caringbah, Fleming, Penrith, Mount Druitt, Bankstown travelling to Canberra, Newcastle, Nowra, and Menangle.

 
 
 
 

First Stall at 'The Sydney Royal Easter Show' - April 1984

After our first year at the markets, we wanted to promote 'The Gamesman' (as we were known at the time) to a larger portion of the NSW population. So during the 13th-24th April, 1984 we set up our first stall at the Sydney Royal Easter Show Showground.

The First Showroom - 128 Bonds rd, Riverwood - November 1984

In November 1984, we moved into premises at 128 Bonds Road, Riverwood. With a small showroom and a large warehouse, we would later operate our mail-order service from this location.

 
 
 
 

The First Catalogue goes to print! - May 1989

Our very first catalogue. In black and white. These were circulated to customers who had shopped with us either at the Sydney Royal Easter Show or at our Showroom on Bonds Rd. Have a flick through the pages, what a trip down memory lane!

Time for something bigger... - October 1989

In October of 1989 we moved into our current location at 491 Forest Rd Penshurst, as you can see there was a lot of work to be done to convert what used to be an old paint store.

 
 
 
 

The Gamesmen Opens for Business at 491 Forest Rd, Penshurst - November 1989

As The Gamesmen grew so did the need for more room, so we relocated to our current Penshurst store. On the 30th October, 1989 we re-opened for business at 491 Forest Road Penshurst. As the business grew, so did the need for more staff, at that time we had approximately 8 full time staff and casuals that were still operating the market stalls.

Our First Big May 4 Day Sale - 23rd May 1992

Our first Gamesmen Sale. Everything was on sale. Even though it was busy and the queues were long, all seemed to be having a great time.

 
 
 
 

Electronic Expo at the Sydney Convention Centre - 10th June 1994

In June 1994, The Gamesmen participated in an Electronic Show in the Sydney Convention Centre at Darling Harbour. It was a huge display and a huge task to put together with a custom built display of iron gate sections. It worked as a fully operational store staffed by experienced Gamesmen staff. It was a great success, and provided exposure for The Gamesmen.

Wollongong Store Opens - 2000

In 2000 we opened our 2nd store on Kiera Street, Wollongong, NSW. Thankful to our many customers in Sydney, we were eager to open our doors in the Illawarra and expand our customer base. On opening day, we had all the very latest gaming consoles for our customers to trial including PlayStation, PS2 and Sega Dreamcast.
It was a successful grand opening with a very supportive turnout from the local community.

 
 
 
 

Penrith Store Opens - 10th November 2003

In November 2003, we made our mark in Western Sydney, opening our High Street, Penrith NSW store.

Renovations begin at 491 Forest Rd, Penshurst - September 2004

In late 2004 we decided it was time for a change... the back wall was knocked down to make room for four mini 'booths' to showcase videogame trailers and feature products, which would allow customers to try out the latest video game accessories and play the latest games in store.

 
 
 
 

25th Anniversary Sale - September 2007

What a day to remember... to celebrate our 25th year of business we decided to give something back to the customers to say thanks. Among many other products on sale, the ever popular Nintendo DS Lite consoles were at prices never seen before, sparking a queue that went around half the block!

Building 'The Gamesmen's Retro Video Game Museum' - September 2011

In September of 2011, we begun work on putting together a showcase of what we had been collecting since we started almost 30 years ago...

 
 
 
 

The Opening of 'The Gamesmen's Retro Video Game Museum' - 2011, December

In December 2011, to celebrate the History of Video Games in Australia, and to commemorate our own 30th Year in Retail, we opened ‘The Gamesmen’s Retro Video Game Museum’. Customers of all ages are invited to visit and re-live the old days, is your first Video Game console on display in our Museum?

The Gamesmen's 30th Birthday - September 2012

In 2012, we celebrated 30 years of The Gamesmen!
Celebrating with a huge 30% off sale, a SNES Console Cake complete with Donkey Kong Country cartridge, a DeLorean, and video game icons Mario & Sonic in-store.

 
 
 
 

Move to Warehouse Facility - 7th August 2017

Prior to 2017, all of phone and online orders were packed and shipped via the basement of our Penhurst Store. As The Gamesmen continued to grow, it was decided that it was time to acquire our first warehouse!
Our new warehouse facility would service our growing online customer base and give us the room to expand our product range into Board Games, Puzzles, Merchandise and Toys.

The Gamesmen’s 35th Birthday – September 2017

In September, we celebrated The Gamesmen 35th Birthday!
We recreated our 80’s market stall in-store with playable N64, SNES, Sega Mega Drive & Atari consoles, ran store-wide sales, giveaways & competitions throughout the day and finished with a video game themed cake.

 
 
 
 

MCV Awards – May 2019

The Gamesmen receives the Pillar of the Industry award at the 2019 MCV Awards. This award represents the legacy of The Gamesmen, and honours what we have achieved over the last several decades. It is one of our most celebrated achievements.

Warehouse Acquisition – July 2022

2022 marks our next warehouse expansion into our custom-built state of the art warehouse facility in Sydney. We have acquired another 2100sqm of warehouse space. This is in addition to our current building. The additional space will allow us to continue to expand our range and provide an exceptional customer care experience.

 
 
 
 

The Gamesmen Turns 40 Years- September 2022

On Saturday 3rd September, we celebrated our 40th birthday! We restored the exterior of the shop to its former 90's glory, recreating our handpainted retro adverts for Game Boys, Sega Mega Drives and the Iconic Gamesmen Club Card! The pouring rain didn't deter the customers, with over 1500 customers lining up the in the rain throughout the day and finding shelter through the Gamesmen doors. Iconic Celebs Mario & Sonic crashed the party and the fans went wild. We continued the celebration with our fantastic team at our newly acquired warehouse and office space. It was the perfect way to celebrate 40 years in the game!

Warehouse Fitout Completed – October 2022

In October 2022, after months of careful and detailed planning, the newly acquired warehouse was successfully fitted out. The team worked tirelessly for 14 days, moving all inventory into the new space and meticulously organizing and binning every product. This marked the successful execution of a well-thought-out plan, transforming the warehouse into an efficient and organized e-commerce warehouse dispatch facility.

 
 

Present Day

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