Bored of Your Games? Why Not Swap Them?

Many video games have a short lifespan, and after you have finished with them you just leave them to collect dust on the self. However, a brilliant service named GaBoom is a possible solution to your problem. Why not swap the video game for a different one once you have completed it? is the site to visit. GaBoom is a video game swapping service for the UK, and Jessica Ratcliffe (the owner) was actually featured on the Dragons Den TV show.



GaBoom! Swap your video games here.

No matter how good something is you can always improve it and that is exactly what Jess Ratcliffe has been doing with GaBoom, the UK’s most sophisticated and advanced peer-to-peer video game swapping website.

Since its launch in July 2010 GaBoom has attracted over 10,000 users and helped facilitate thousands of video game swaps. By listening to user feedback GaBoom has undergone some changes that will make it quicker and easier for users to swap their unwanted video games.

As well as a new URL ( the swapping process has been simplified with now one swap method – a direct member-to-member swap. Another way the process is being made simpler is the inclusion of Booms, GaBoom’s virtual currency. One swap costs 100 Booms which can be purchased through the Boom Store or you can earn Booms by inviting your friends to use GaBoom and for receiving positive feedback from other users you have swapped with.

The browse and search functionality has been improved making it easier for users to add and remove games from their swap list. Couple that with GaBoom’s unique ‘Match Me’ technology which automatically finds swaps for a user based on their Swap and Wish Lists it truly is even easier to find yourself a new game.

The changes will come into effect today, Tuesday 1st November 2011.

A full list of the changes can be found below:

  • New URL of
  • A simpler swapping process replacing the three previous swapping methods (Secure Swap, GaBoom Escrow and Forum Exchange) with a direct member-to-member swap.
  • Introduction of GaBoom’s virtual currency, Booms, that can be used to pay for swaps – 100 Booms = 1 Swap.
  • Booms can be purchased from the Booms Store – 100 Booms for £1, 600 Booms for £5 or 1200 Booms for £10.
  • Booms can also be gained through inviting friends to sign up (50 Booms awarded after friend makes first swap) or by gaining positive feedback (25 Booms)
  • Members can now cancel swap requests-ENDS-


GaBoom is a peer-to-peer video game swapping website.  It’s a place where gamers can get the video games they want, using the games they own by swapping them with one another. Jess Ratcliffe founded GaBoom in February 2010, when she was 19 years old and in her first year at Royal Holloway, University of London. went live in July 2010.GaBoom has been live for over a year now.  This time has allowed Jess to gather a great amount of feedback from GaBoom’s members and fully understand what people like and don’t like about the website.


Jess is 21 years old and working on GaBoom full-time.  She left University after her first year to focus on GaBoom and hasn’t looked back since.  Jess first had the idea to create a website where you can swap your video games with other gamers when she was 15 years old and used to swap her video games with her friends and neighbours.

In September last year, Jess appeared in the series finale of BBC Dragons’ Den, which can be seen here. Jess had a fantastic experience in the Den, with Peter Jones offering her a job and Deborah Meaden stating she has no doubt Jess will be in one of their chairs one day.

Jess was recently named in MCV’s 30 under 30 for 2011.

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