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Industry Notes – Games: A force to be reckoned with

Publishers and proprietors having a ball as business booms
By Tim Kidwell
Published: May 14, 2015
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”A ridiculously good show!” said Justin DeWitt, chief creative officer of Fireside Games, of the Game Manufacturers Association Trade Show in Las Vegas from March 16 to 20.
The five-day show boasted a substantial lineup of retail seminars, including inventory management, human resources, customer retention and running effective in-store events. Select game companies hosted presentations for upcoming products, while industry professionals provided hints and tips on breaking into hobby-game design, managing play testers and crowd-funding new games. And let’s not forget games night—an open invitation to gather, eat pizza, drink beer and play games from 6:30 p.m. till midnight.
Attendance was 1,460, according to John Ward, GAMA’s executive director, up 8 percent from last year, with more than 350 retail stores and 140 publishers and manufacturers represented.
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