Up at Least 5% in Tough Year for Publishers
Posted by Milton Griepp on March 9, 2020 @ 1:39 pm CT
Retailer health improved in 2019, as retailers took a more cautious mode when buying new products and curbed the extensive inventory overstocks and markdowns that had marred margins in 2018. Those changes improved gross and net margins for game retailers, leading to a lot less angst as we did our post-year-end interviews this year vs. last.
While more careful buying was positive for retailers, it made it a tough year for publishers, especially mid-sized publishers that continued to produce games of similar quality but found sell-ins plummeting. And with continued growth in the number of game Kickstarters and of products flowing to trade, the number of games being produced means that sales are continually divided between more and more products.
For charts of the top games in five categories, see:
Top Collectible Games – Fall 2019
Top Hobby Channel Board Games – Fall 2019
Top Hobby Channel Card and Dice Games – Fall 2019
Top Non-Collectible Miniature Games – Fall 2019
Top Roleplaying Games – Fall 2019
The full-length version of this article appeared in Internal Correspondence. For the full-length version of this article on the ICv2 Pro site, click here.
ICv2 Pro subscribers have early and complete access to Internal Correspondence content. To sign up for a free trial, click here.
Digital copies (PDFs) are available instantly from your favorite DriveThru store. To order a digital copy of ICv2's Internal Correspondence #97, click here.
For librarians and educators interested in subscribing to ICv2's Internal Correspondence, order from EBSCO (title #408-601-128) or WT Cox (title #128411).
If you are a U.S. retailer, e-mail Dennis Viau at DViau@ICv2.com to ask to be put on our mailing list.
From Saul Zaentz Company
August 18, 2022
Embracer Group has acquired Middle-earth Enterprises, which owns the intellectual property rights related to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit novels, from The Saul Zaentz Company.
Boxed Set Features New Etched Foil Cards
August 17, 2022
The Pokemon Company International will release Pokemon TCG: Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR Premium Collection into retail.
A New Webtoon Collection Makes the Chart
August 17, 2022
Appearing on the chart for the first time is a webtoon collection originally released in September 2021.