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William Bentley
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I've hardly ventured out of my specific game forums, but I'm curious whether there is any industry sales figures per publisher and per game available somewhere? Guidance appreciated.
 
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Nope, nothing public. There are some numbers to be found here and there, but not per publisher or game. Although some games of course list their succes: "1000000 copies sold!" and such.
 
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Nope. Almost all companies keep their numbers private - it's considered a trade secret.

Sometimes companies (typically small ones) will let out some numbers.

Also, it's hard to get "sales" figures, because sales happen on multiple levels.

Apple, for instance, counts all units it sells wholesale to other retailers as "sold". Thus if they sell 100,000 iFruits to Best Buy, they will claim that as 100,000 sales, even if nobody ever actually buys an iFruit from those stores.

Most board games are the same way, except there are multiple levels of sales. The publisher sells to the distributor. The distributor sells to the retailers. The retailers sell to the consumers. Each level will have different sales figures.

The best you can hope for is general sales stats for any retailers who share that info.
Here's one example: http://www.starlitcitadel.com/helm/2011/10/07/sales-revenue-...
Note that this is for ONE month, and it shows sales by raw dollars, not by profit or units. Thus a single $100 game that makes $10 profit will have a bigger slice of the pie than 3 copies of a $20 game that makes $30 in profit.

The only exception to this rule is Evil Hat Productions. Fred, the top man himself, always makes their quarterly and lifetime sales figures public. However, they're only an RPG publisher at this point - they have 2 board games slated for this year though.
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Derry Salewski
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is there actually something called an ifruit? sounds sweet . . .
 
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scifiantihero wrote:
is there actually something called an ifruit? sounds sweet . . .
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There's a great geeklist on here somewhere with sales figures for many games.

EDIT: Here it is.

Board Game Sales Stats (Now with sources)
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