The 14 Irish Game Stores which closed last week are not included in a deal to save 333 of the stores in the UK.

Video games seller Game Group's British stores were sold to investment firm OpCapita yesterday.

This safeguarded nearly 3,200 jobs, the collapsed retailer's administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said.

The private equity firm, which bought Comet last year, will buy all 333 of Game's British shops that have remained open during its administration.

It will also seek to re-employ a small number of staff who previously worked at Game's head office but received redundancy notices last week, it said in a joint statement with PwC.

OpCapita managing partner Henry Jackson said: "We strongly believe there is a place on the high street for a video gaming specialist and Game is the leading brand in a £2.8 billion market in the UK. We have assembled a strong team of experienced industry operators to implement the programme of operational change that is needed."

Game Group collapsed into administration on March 26, with the immediate closure of 277 of its stores in Britain and Ireland and 2,104 staff made redundant. The rescue deal agreed on Sunday does not include Game's international assets, PwC said. It did not disclose the value of the deal.

121 jobs went in Ireland when all Game stores here were shut. Sit-in protests are continuing at stores in Cork, Dublin, Athlone, Monaghan and Limerick, in a row over pay and redundancy.