Borders Layoffs, B&N Sale Closer

The nation’s two largest bookstore chains are in the turmoil you might expect in a business that’s undergoing rapid digitization, with Borders laying off more employees and Barnes and Noble appearing to move closer to a sale of the company.


Borders had another layoff at its headquarters this week, according to, which appears to be the fifth round of layoffs just this year. The number wasn’t specified, and a company spokesperson just gave the standard “we have reorganized core areas of our business to ensure that we have the necessary resources in place to support our strategic initiatives.” The biggest layoff this year was a massive company-wide layoff, but there have been others, at both headquarters and other locations.

These 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 Q2 2010.  The charts are based on interviews with retailers, distributors, and manufacturers. hobby game market continued to grow at a single digit rate in Q2, according to industry reports. Hobby stores were healthy, and there were bright spots in all four categories (collectible games, minis, board games, and RPGs).


In Tournament Organizer Lawsuit


Jonathan Clifton will pay Wizards of the Coast $100,000 in settlement of the lawsuit filed over allegedly fraudulent tournament organizer activity, according to a consent judgment filed in Washington federal court this week. A permanent injunction was also issued, barring Clifton from participating in any Magic: The Gathering tournaments, playing Wizards’ online Magic: The Gathering game, and selling Magic cards on eBay or elsewhere.

As reported by ICv2

Hobby game sales continued to grow in Q1, according to retailer and manufacturer reports compiled by ICv2. Top collectible games are leading the growth in hobby stores as the number of competitors continues to decline. Board games continue to exhibit broad strength, with deckbuilding games becoming an important new subcategory in the broader board, card, and family game category. Miniatures are doing well, with the excitement surrounding new rules a significant factor. And in roleplaying, Paizo’s Pathfinder is competing for #1 in some venues, especially in comparative sales of core books.