As reported by ICv2

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Click on the 'Read more' link below to see the Top 10 Card Games (hobby channel) reflects sales in Q1 2011.  The charts are based on interviews with retailers, distributors, and manufacturers.

 

As reported by ICv2

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Click on the 'Read more' link below to see charts of the Top 5 Collectible Games Over-all, Top 5 Mass Market Channel Collectible Games and Top 10 Hobby Channel Collectible Games reflect sales in Q1 2011.  The charts are based on interviews with retailers, distributors, and manufacturers.

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The game business in the hobby channel had a great first quarter, according to the market report in ICv2's Internal Correspondence #75, with accelerating sales in multiple categories.

Descriptions of Q1 hobby channel game business quoted in the report included "spectacular," "a really big upswing," and "a really healthy growth pattern."

Mass sales of hobby games were weaker, with more pronounced season shifts (Easter was later in 2011) and product-specific factors making growth difficult.

 

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Hasbro has announced that 70 marketing and development employees will be relocated from its East Longmeadow, Massachusetts location to a new Center of Excellence for Hasbro Games in Rhode Island (where Hasbro is headquartered). As a result of the consolidation, Hasbro will also eliminate 75 positions.
The newly organized games group will focus on both face-to-face board games “while also more effectively competing in the broader world of gaming across all platforms,” according to Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner.
Other than the sales at Wizards of the Coast (where WotC’s Magic:  The Gathering and board game sales were up), Hasbro game sales have been declining recently, with a 12% drop in its Games and Puzzles segment in Q1.

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