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GAMA Trade Show breaks attendance record

By Tim Kidwell
Published: March 28, 2017
GAMA crowd photo
This year’s Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA)Trade Show, March 13-17, in Las Vegas, saw its largest attendance numbers. With 1,684 registered attendees, it grew 15 percent over last year’s show, which rang in a 1,462. As part of that growth, retailer attendance expanded to include 784 representatives from 469 stores around the world.

This year, GAMA introduced Monday Night Games, and encouraged publishers to mingle with each other, game designers and a smattering of retailers. Seminars were crowded all week, with standing-room-only in many. Topics covered included basic finance, using social media to the best advantage and creating store franchises. The exhibit hall remained busy both days it was open, and Wednesday’s Game Night was packed as game publishers demonstrated their latest releases and upcoming titles for retailers.

It is interesting to see that other hobby companies have begun to take an interest in the game market. Paint manufacturer Acrylicos Vallejo and airbrush maker Grex both had booths at the show. Their products complement miniatures gaming, which is one of the fastest growing segments in the hobby games market.

The next GAMA Trade Show, scheduled for March 12-16, will be at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nev. It is slated to stay there until 2020.