Following in the steps of Asmodee, Passport Games along with GTS Distribution have announced an exclusive deal to only distribute Passport Games product through GTS.  This means that anything released by Passport Games Studio, Funforge, Splotter, Granna, Rule & Make, and ThunderGryph will now exclusively be supplied by GTS.  The step was taken in an effort to better control the value of the product from publisher to retailer and to better support retailers, and hopefully it will be able to do just that.  But since GTS is one of the largest distribution companies in the US, I don’t think anyone will have to worry about games disappearing from shelves.  You can read more about the deal in the press release below.

After studying several changes in the North American marketplace in recent months, we are pleased to announce that Passport Game Studio products will be sold exclusively by GTS Distribution.  We are confident that through tighter management of the distribution model, we can preserve the value of our products at the retail level for years to come.  This arrangement is the best strategy for long term success for us and our retail partners as it ensures the highest possible value of products we represent in the marketplace, while delivering the best level of support throughout the entire inventory, marketing, and sales process.
Key changes for core hobby retail:
  • Passport Game Studios will remain as a GTS brand, focused on bringing their partner studios’ games to the North American market.
  • The GTS Distribution sales and marketing teams will handle all communications and services to hobby retailers for Passport-branded products moving forward.
  • Passport titles in the U.S. are now exclusive to GTS Distribution, and will continue its international partnerships moving forward.
Passport’s partners and their titles include:
Funforge: (Tokaido, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time)
Splotter: (Food Chain Magnate, Antiquity)
Granna: (CV Line of Games)
Rule & Make: (Hand of Fate Ordeals, T2029: Terminator 2 Board Game)
ThunderGryph: (Tao Long, Dead Man’s Doubloons)

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GTS Distribution, one of the biggest board game distributors in america, is opening it’s 12th location in St. Louis, MO this summer.  With this new location it will mean quicker delivery and better selection of games for those in the local area.  This is a good indicator for the industry as this means demand continues to grow and the distribution network has to grow with it.  You can read the press release below from GTS Distribution.

Everett, WA (July 20, 2016) – Headquartered in Everett, WA, GTS Distribution announces today that it will be opening its 12th sales office/warehouse location in St. Louis, MO.

With an already industry-leading 11 locations across the U.S. and an unparalleled depth of products, GTS’ new St. Louis location allows shorter ship times and better product availability to the entire Midwest. “We constantly evaluate our level of service to the retailer, and are always willing to make the necessary investments to become that retailer’s preferred distributor,” said GTS President, Steve Snyder.

GTS St. Louis will be open for business September 1st, 2016.

About GTS Distribution

GTS Distribution specializes in servicing accounts of all sizes in the hobby retail and specialty store markets. GTS offers its customers the diversity of 4 major categories; Gaming, Sports and Entertainment Trading Cards, Toys and Hobby Supplies. With a knowledgeable and service- oriented staff with over 350 years of combined experience in these areas and 12 warehouses, GTS is a true full-service, wholesale gaming, sports, and entertainment collectibles distributor dedicated to the success of its customers’ businesses and futures. For more information, please visit

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Cryptozoic Entertainment, a premier developer and publisher of original and licensed board games, card games, comics and trading cards, announced this week that they would be widening their reach in the distribution of their board games.  For the past two years, Cryptozoic has handled all of the distribution of their hobby games exclusively through Alliance Game Distributors.  Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Cryptozoic, John Sepenuk, said that “they [Alliance] have been an amazing exclusive partner to Cryptozoic Entertainment over the last two years. Alliance’s overall support has really helped Cryptozoic gain greater visibility into an increased number of hobby gaming retailers.”

In addition to Alliance, Cryptozoic has previously partnered with Diamond, GTS and ACD to distribute specific product lines.  In moving forward, however, Cryptozoic has announced that they will be expanding the reach of their company by expanding its relationships with each of these distributors to include the company’s entire line of products.

This new distribution plan will begin in May of 2015.

To read the entire article, visit the Cryptozoic Blog here.

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Anyone who has come to the Dice Tower News website over the last two weeks has seen a myriad of articles talking about product releases and the future product lines from some of our favorite game publishers.  GAMA the Game Manufacturers Association has released their post GAMA Trade Show recap.  This years show has exhibited the healthy growth of the game industry.

“The GAMA Trade show would not be possible without the support of our show sponsors, exhibitors, GAMA Board, volunteers, and of course, our retail attendees, We are committed to providing great learning and business opportunities for all of our members.” John Ward, Executive Director of GAMA.

While fewer stores were able to attend this year there was an 8% increase in total attendance over last year.  They have identified that the demand for the presentation programs have been met with much success and are anticipated to grow even more.  In addition to those successes they have added 18 exhibitor booths.  While our industry has seen some consolidation over the last year that is quite common in any healthy industry and is what opens up the opportunities for upstarts to find inroads for the gaps between the big players.

They have announced their 2015 GAMA Power Retailers

  • Outstanding Organized Play Program
    Fan Boy Three (Manchester, UK)
  • Outstanding Marketing
    The Game Closet (Waco, TX)
  • Outstanding Store Design
    Kirwin’s Game Store (Catskill, NY)
  • Outstanding Store
    The Game Closet (Waco, TX)

GAMA is thrilled to announce that they will be returning to Bally’s next March 14-18