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Late 2021 games sales changes: ICv2

ICv2 has provided sales updates for the end of 2021, and it’s interesting to see what has changed and what hasn’t from the previous update.

They report steady sales continuing in the face of supply chain issues and an overall market that is still experiencing what many thought was a COVID boom, but may be setting in as the new normal.

Looking over the various charts I see a few changes. Starting with board games, where the staple games of Catan and Ticket to Ride, absent last time, have returned to the top 10. Wingspan and Gloomhaven continue their strong sales, and my current favourite Lost Ruins of Arnak also makes an appearance for the first time.

Miniatures look much the same as before. Warhammer 40,000 and the Nolzur’s line dominate:

Is that a misprint on the publisher of Star Wars Legion? I didn’t hear anything about the line moving from Fantasy Flight. I still feel this chart would benefit from being a top 10, I suspect the Game of Thrones line would be in here if that were the case.

In the realm of collectible cards, the in-demand Pokemon line has toppled Magic from its previous top spot in terms of hobby store sales.

Finally over in RPGs the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons continues its rule over the roost:

Other than Pathfinder the top 5 games are completely new compared with the August update. It would seem that other than D&D and Pathfinder, RPGs have initial sales before quickly fading from view.

4 comments on “Late 2021 games sales changes: ICv2

  1. goresmack
    March 14, 2022

    When Asmodee bought FFG they moved all the miniature games to AMG because AMG had a more experience staff to handle miniature games, or at least a staff more suited to the task than FFG. I believe the RPGs took a hike as well but don’t quote me on that.

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    • davekay
      March 14, 2022

      Good to know, I wonder if they can restore X-Wing to its previous level of popularity?

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      • goresmack
        March 14, 2022

        Could anyone? That’s not to say it isn’t still popular in my area, it’s played weekly in every store here but it is 10 years old now.

        I suppose a better question would be how could they? What could they add or change that would make the game interesting again? I can’t really make a good suggestion here, last time I played Tantive IV had just come out.

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      • davekay
        March 14, 2022

        that’s a good question, when the game was first released I loved it, but I soon realised that was because they started with the first trilogy. Once things expanded away from there I lost interest. I’m sure for others their interest kicked off when more ships were added. The release of second edition really killed the game off in my area, and while a certain pandemic didn’t help, other games have become more popular over the past few years.


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