Van Ryder Games, publishers of Hostage Negotiator (2015), Saloon Tycoon (2016), and the upcoming Detective: City of Angels (2019), have issued a press release announcing their first ever Vendor Awards, recognizing the best of their industry partners. According to Van Ryder Head Honcho A. J. Porfirio, the awards were based on excellence in communication, relationship, service quality and price. A special shout out to , and congratulations to The Dice Tower Convention for winning Top Convention, and congratulations to all of the winners:
CMON recently announced that they will be adopting a Minimum Advertised Pricing Policy (MAPP) that will go into effect on June 1st. This means that all CMON products will have a minimum price that retailers, both online and physical, can advertise their games at. This move is being adopted as a step to level the playing field between online retailers and brick and mortar stores, with the former typically having lower prices than the latter. Along with Asmodee and Privateer Press, this is now the third major board game company to take this step. In addition to this new policy, CMON is changing who they distribute through and so will now be using ACD, Alliance, and Peachstate Hobby Distribution. Will these steps and changes make for a better CMON and better board game business world? I hope so.
You can read the entire announcement on the CMON site.
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