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Hello,
Beginner's question:
Where can I get statistics on sales of board games?
For example, I want to know how many units sold in an average game in Israel?

According to the answer I'm trying to figure out if I should cooperate for a percentage staged with large companies or make the game and sell it alone.

Thanks in advance!
 
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Define 'average game'.

Scrabble in a mass market store? Or a game rated 5.0 on BoardGameGeek?
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A game that did not became a hit in sales,

I'm sure there are a lot of games are selling an average amount.
 
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Anonymous Hero wrote:
Hello,
Beginner's question:
Where can I get statistics on sales of board games?
For example, I want to know how many units sold in an average game in Israel?

According to the answer I'm trying to figure out if I should cooperate for a percentage staged with large companies or make the game and sell it alone.

Thanks in advance!


That's almost impossible. Most game publishers don't post stats of any kind.

This site compiles data from thousands of sources to issue the closest thing to game stats:

http://icv2.com/

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Oh, hey, I'm not familiar with icv2. Thanks for the tip!
 
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squirrelhenge wrote:
Oh, hey, I'm not familiar with icv2. Thanks for the tip!


Yeah, that's a good one. Those guys cover a lot of area and at least give us some idea about what is happening in gaming and other entertainment types.
 
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Not to be a wet blanket, but don't sell it alone.

Unless you already know how to do publishing, logistics (delivery & fulfillment), and marketing, you risk getting in over your head.

Although...you could look into using The Game Crafter (http://www.thegamecrafter.com/).
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I spent a month trying to find solid data on the board game industry as a whole but never found much. There are some firms that sell huge documents on the industry but at extremely high costs (4000$ for a specific year's data)

Here's what I found freely available.
http://icv2.com/articles/games/view/25373/fourth-consecutive...

http://venturebeat.com/2014/08/18/north-american-hobby-game-...

http://www.gamenguide.com/articles/12554/20140819/hobby-game...

http://ec.europa.eu/DocsRoom/documents/6653/attachments/1/tr...

http://www.sjgames.com/general/stakeholders/
Industry report from steve jackson games (munchkin)

http://www.toyassociation.org/TIA/Industry_Facts/salesdata/I...

Either my google fu is not strong or there simply isn't that much data because when I try the same methods of searching on other industries such as video games, numbers pop up on the front page.

http://videogames.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=00...

About video games, why can’t there be one for board games? I guess because this one is a heated debate, there’s far more money in this industry and far more sources to gather data from (ESRB rating system, multiple survey and market research firms, etc.)

https://yourbusinesssucks.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/why-are-t...
One person's analysis into the lack of numbers in board game industry.

At the end of the month, I concluded I was wasting resources on researching numbers on games where I should be dedicating those to designing a good game. Most of the numbers I found were on the industry as a whole and not on specific categories like how well fantasy games do vs. horror. Even with those numbers, I would not count myself a market strategist so I wouldn't really even know what to do with those numbers.
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