An ICv2 Release.  ICv2 has announced the release of ICv2 Insider’s Guide #64, which was released to the trade by Alliance Game Distributors, Diamond Comic Distributors, ACD Distribution, GTS Distribution, Lion Rampant, Esdevium, and is also available directly from ICv2.  According to the new ICv2 Insider’s Guide, the hobby game industry ended 2008 down only slightly, with a super-strong performance from board games helping to buoy results.

The issue includes ICv2’s report on the over-all market for each game category in 2008, our estimate of the CCG market size for the year, and prospects for games in 2009; plus anime, comic, and game features; game Pick Hits; game bestseller lists; and game, anime, manga, and graphic novel reviews.  

For more on the contents of this issue, along with links to all the bestseller lists, see “Hobby Game Industry Hangs Tough in 2008.”  

For those interested in subscribing to the ICv2 Insider’s Guide, please visit the ICv2 Online Store (click here).  Or if you are interested in ordering a single copy of the ICv2 Insider’s Guide #64, please click here.  For retailers, if your distributor is on the list above, just ask for your free copy of the Guide; or if not, e-mail Dennis Viau at our office at to request a complimentary copy.