Scent of a Gamer

From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.

2021 early sales update from ICv2

It’s premature to call 2021 a post-COVID year, but it feels different from last year at least. Of course, 2020 saw record sales for hobby games across the board, and … Continue reading

August 1, 2021 · 4 Comments

Record growth in 2020: ICv2

ICv2 has provided their full industry update for the 2020 calendar year. The complete details are available to subscribers only, but there’s a summary article for the rest of us. … Continue reading

July 25, 2021 · 4 Comments

ICv2: retail steady through the pandemic

ICv2 have released their sales charts for fall of 2020. If you subscribe to their Internal Correspondence magazine then you’ve had this data for months. If you’re a website reader … Continue reading

March 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

Achievement unlocked: Games stores supported

Another interesting business interview at ICv2. This one is with a shop owner who runs Pastimes Games and Hobbies. As with their other interviews there’s plenty to learn here for … Continue reading

December 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Local Game Store tips with ICv2

ICv2 has a feature called ‘Busines 3×3’ where they ask gaming store owners to talk about 3 things they do well, three things they wish they hadn’t done, and then … Continue reading

November 19, 2020 · 5 Comments

The best selling board game during a pandemic is…

Yes, it’s Pandemic! Irony aside, Pandemic is a good choice of board game for those either stuck inside or simply choosing to spend more time at home. It’s a cooperative … Continue reading

August 29, 2020 · 4 Comments

Hobby games grew again in 2019

I almost missed ICv2’s March industry update, which was news of an overall positive 2019. The events of 2020 means this certainly can’t be repeated. However the hobby market grew … Continue reading

March 28, 2020 · 8 Comments

Industry update: Warhammer 40,000 and Magic continue their rule

Icv2 have updated their industry sales charts again, and the two top games continue their dominance. These charts are based on sales through the hobby retail channel in North America. … Continue reading

August 10, 2019 · 3 Comments

Games Workshop riding high

Games’ Workshops’s success story of recent years continues with the release of ICv2’s latest North American game sales charts. These charts are from Fall 2018. The miniatures chart doesn’t just … Continue reading

March 10, 2019

$1.5 billion for hobby games in North America

ICv2 has once again updated their sales charts for hobby games, and the new is both good and surprising. Firstly, the market size has increased compared with previous years, to … Continue reading

August 5, 2018 · 5 Comments

Star Wars X-Wing continues to dominate

ICv2’s latest industry update is out and it’s official: the new edition of Warhammer 40,000 has failed to knock Star Wars X-Wing off its perch. Here’s the new sales chart … Continue reading

March 17, 2018 · 5 Comments

Hobby games grow faster

The hobby games industry is in its ninth year of growth and that growth is accelerating, according to the latest industry update from ICv2. The graphic below breaks down the … Continue reading

September 16, 2017

Eighth year of growth for hobby games. In a row

ICv2 have updated their sales charts for early 2017, and there are some interesting movements afoot. For those who aren’t aware, ICv2┬áhas been tracking game sales through hobby stores in … Continue reading

March 11, 2017 · 3 Comments

The billion dollar hobby

IcV2’s latest industry update is available, and they have a new and larger estimate for the total size of the hobby games industry. $1.2 billion in their new figure and … Continue reading

August 13, 2016

Warhammer 40,000 dethroned

The latest hobby game sales charts have been released by ICv2 and the big news this time is in the non-collectable miniatures category. Over the years there has been one … Continue reading

March 12, 2016 · 3 Comments

Further growth for hobby games

Hobby Games in North America have grown by an impressive $180 million since 2013 to reach a $880 million in size. The latest report from ICv2 has more details and … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Six straight years of growth for hobby games: ICv2

The last year hobby games (a catchall term for board, card, dice miniatures and RPGs) failed to grow was in 2008 – the year that the GFC really hit home. … Continue reading

March 1, 2015

Hobby industry sales October 2014 update

ICv2 have released their latest industry stats, for autumn 2014. But, hey? Isn’t it spring in the southern hemisphere? Yes it is, but we can forgive the northern-centric language. Or … Continue reading

October 25, 2014

The life and times of a board game

Introduced this week through ICv2 comes the life and times of a board game. This is an information page for board game designers on the stages of the game going … Continue reading

October 11, 2014

Divining games sales

I’ve talked about the latest sales charts for non-collectable miniatures as recorded by ICv2. There is also a discussion going on at Quirkworthy. I decided to engage in a game … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · 5 Comments