Soaring global shipping rates and heavy delays caused by attacks on shipping in the Red Sea have begun to have a serious impact on the board game industry - and experts believe the snarl-up could persist well into 2024.
Amigo Spiele has named two new managing directors as it lays the groundwork for a future beyond veteran company head Uwe Pauli, the man who helped save the German board game maker from financial peril in the early 1990s.
In an industry where selling several thousand copies of a game can often be considered a success, getting eight million people to look at your products is something most publishers would bite your hand off to achieve. Board game media and marketing specialist Ray Billings, who has years of experience under her belt with companies including Czech Games Edition and Resonym, told BoardGameWire how her foray into TikTok since joining The Op five months ago has led to eye-watering engagement figures for the company - and explains how other publishers should be following suit.
Tabletop gaming giant Asmodee's corporate owner Embracer Group is planning more big divestments, amid its ongoing struggle to pay down huge debt taken on to fund a string of acquisitions in recent years.
Earthborne Games, a sustainable manufacturing-focused board game maker run by former Fantasy Flight Games designers and artists, has scored its second crowdfunding success by raising almost $1m for the new printing of co-operative card game Earthborne Rangers.
Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons owner Hasbro lost more than $1bn in the final quarter of 2023, as huge expenses associated with selling its eOne film and TV business far outweighed growth from its Wizards of the Coast and digital gaming segments.
Mindclash Games has made a name for itself as a Kickstarter-focused heavy board games expert since the launch of debut title Trickerion on the crowdfunding service in 2015. BoardGameWire spoke to CEO Viktor Peter about the company's changing approach, its recent use of Gamefound rather than Kickstarter, and how some avenues for marketing its games are not proving as lucrative as in the past.
Mythic Games' fall from being one of the most successful crowdfunding-focused board game publishers of all time to one beset by financial woes has been swift. Company co-founder Leonidas Vesperini spoke to BoardGameWire about the decision behind the CMON deal, the death threats he has received since, and where the future lies for Mythic's two remaining projects.