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Allen Allen
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I was wondering if anyone knows where is a good place to get info on the somthing like the top ten selling games each year for the last ten years?
 
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Herb Petro
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Most companies seem very reluctant to report sales figures. If you are just talking hobby games, then if you have a contact with a major distributor then you might get a look at some useful data to extrapolate from. You might also make some fair guesses of the rank order over the last few years using the owned lists on BGG, but users on BGG are just a segment of the hobby market.

Also remember that there are multiple distribution channels, at least in the United States. There is the hobby channel, the mass market channel, the specialty store channel, the educational game channel, not to mention direct sales. The top ten games are all going to be mass market games. The same ones that you see on the shelves year after year (they are on the shelves since they sell).

Edit: Back to hobby games, the Spiel des Jahres winner is said to get a boost of 100,000 units sold. That would very likely make it the #1 in the hobby channel.

Edit2: You can see a list of the Spiel des Jahres winners on various sites, such as here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiel_des_Jahres
 
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Audiovore wrote:
I was wondering if anyone knows where is a good place to get info on the somthing like the top ten selling games each year for the last ten years?


For the hobby market, there is Comics and Games Retailer. Not sure how accurate it is though.

 
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Hank Drew
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While researching an article, I discovered from many sources that there is no real data regarding sales, even with companies like Days of Wonder.


 
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Here's some hobby game info that's a couple of years old but still useful:

http://www.spielboy.com/printrun.php
 
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