Medium by Thomas Bidaux of ICO Partners, and additional info he shared with ICv2. The category outperformed Kickstarter as a whole, which also grew in the first half but not as fast.
Projects were down overall and in the tabletop games category, where ended projects were down 7% to 2098 from 2261 in the year ago period; and funded projects were down 4% to 1504 from 1560 in 2019. Yes, that’s right, the success rate went up in the coronavirus era, with a higher percentage of projects funding in 2020 than in 2019.
Dollars raised for tabletop game projects were up 46% to $117.6 million in the first half of 2020, vs. $80.5 million in the first half of 2019. That’s a new first half record; the previous record was set last year (see "Tabletop Game Kickstarters Still Growing").
Of course, there was a record tabletop game project in May, when Cephalofair Games’ Frosthaven raised nearly $13 million (see "’Frosthaven’ Kickstarter Raises Nearly $13 Million"), making May 2020 the best month ever for tabletop game Kickstarter dollars. But even without Frosthaven, funds raised for tabletop game projects would have been up 30% in the first half of 2020.
At least for now, tabletop game Kickstarter projects appear to have been a beneficiary of COVID-19, rather than a casualty.
'Frosthaven' Only Part of the Story
Posted by Milton Griepp on July 9, 2020 @ 3:06 am CT
Puzzle Action Board Game
April 21, 2021
Level 99 Games will release ' Bullet ♥ ', a puzzle action board game, into retail stores.
Release Date Coincides with the Debut of the 'D&D' 'Magic' Set
April 21, 2021
WizKids will release two single-count Magic: The Gathering Unpainted Miniatures packs, with their wave 15 offerings, which will be coming in July.