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)
Plan B Games announced today the launch of it’s new boardgame publishing house. They’ve selected GTS Distribution as their distributor.
In their announcement they mention that their team will be comprised of nine individuals while mentioning that one of them will be none other than Matt Leacock, designer of the well known coop-Pandemic.
Their initial game release for 2017 will be Century:Spice Road, first in a trilogy of games to be set in the 15th century during the apex of the first commercial trade road. Spice Road is set to release in June 2017.
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 http://www.gtsdistribution.com.
F2Z Entertainment the owners of Z-Man Games have announced a change in the distribution methods for their games in the United States. Effective March 15th it will be changing its distribution to being through the five of the largest distributors in the U.S. market ACD Distribution, Alliance Distribution, GTS Distribution, Peachstate Hobby Distribution, and Southern Hobby Supply.
This will end its exclusive distribution through Alliance Distribution. Its subsidiaries Pretzel Games and Plaid Hat Games are already available through multiple distributors and the positive experience of both contributed to this change. This is the second major game company to end an exclusive distribution relationship with Alliance in the last two months Days of Wonder being the other.
The press release from Z-Man Games is availabe here
You’ve opened the Cave of Treasures, now can you escape with the spoils?
Remember ol’ Ali Baba? Let’s see now, what were those magic words to open that cave door? You’d better remember them and escape, for thieves are approaching…
This summer, IDW Games will be bringing a brand new card game from celebrated designer and multi-Spiel des Jahres winner Antoine Bauza (7 Wonders, Takenoko, Tokaido, Rampage, Hanabi), Open Sesame. In Open Sesame, players take on the alternating roles of Ali Baba, treasure-hunter, and one of the 40 thieves who are guarding their precious Cave of Treasures. When playing the role of Ali Baba, you will be working to steal as much as possible from the cave and flee while you can, lest you get too greedy and get trapped. As a bandit from the notorious band of 40 thieves, your goal is to observe carefully what Ali Baba is stealing and recite exactly what he is attempting to escape the cave with.
Open Sesame is a press-your-luck and high-stakes memorization card game for 3-5 players ages 10 and up and plays in about 20 minutes. The announced due date for placing orders is April 10, 2015 and shipping date is June 15, 2015. The game is scheduled to be available in stores on June 30, 2015.