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International sales grow 90 per cent for Gibsons

The UK independent jigsaw puzzle and board game company, Gibsons has reported a ‘rapid growth in international sales’ of around 90 per cent over the last 12 months, despite the continued pressures suffered by many in the current retail climate. The firm – celebrating its 100th anniversary this year – …

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Jamie Raven launches own magic theatre in Bluewater as ‘demand for magic sets soars’

Paul Lamond and University Games has echoed sentiments made last month about the rising demand for magic sets among kids and families, fuelled by the success and growing popularity of the magician Jamie Raven. The illusionist wowed audiences and judges with his skills during the 2015 series of Britain’s Got …

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USAopoly unveils Harry Potter: Death Eaters Rising tabletop game

The Harry Potter board games just keep on coming this year, as USAopoly unveils its latest Wizarding World themed creation in Harry Potter: Death Eaters Rising. Based on the fifth film in the iconic franchise, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Death Eaters Rising is a cooperative card …

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Bananagrams encourages UK and US students into wordplay with new Schools Club launch

The team behind the popular word tile game, Bananagrams has launched a new schools club initiative to encourage students across the UK and US to engage with words and wordplay – fundamental elements of the game itself. Since 2015, more than 250,000 students along with their teachers throughout the UK …

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Board Game Club celebrates The Board Game Book with special give-away event

Guests at this month’s Board Game Club night were thrown a special bonus round last week, when they were given the chance to win a copy of the new The Board Game Book, a 259-page anthology of titles. Having backed the book on Kickstarter, Board Game Club raffled five copies …

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Hasbro turns to Voice technology for latest Monopoly edition

Board game fans will be able to hear the voice of Mr Monopoly for the first time ever, when Hasbro launches its new-audio driven Voice Banking edition of the popular title next month. A new, cashless spin on the iconic board game, Monopoly Voice Banking will come with a small …

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SmartGames launches new compact travel game, Colour Catch

SmartGames has launched a new one player compact game, designed for families on the move this summer, in the form of Colour Catch. The new title gives kids aged seven and upwards the task of helping the salamanders and frogs catch their bugs for dinner. As part of the 48 …

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Skyrocket Toys taps Import Services as logistics partner to meet ‘high consumer demand in UK’

Skyrocket Toys, the US tech, consumer electronics and gaming specialist, has selected Import Services to grow its European presence through UK distribution. The business has already established its markets across the US and is now stepping up efforts here in the UK. According to a press release, there is already …

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Big Potato celebrates successful gaming event partnership with Forbidden Planet

The Shoreditch-based party game company, Big Potato is celebrating the success of a recent link up with the pop culture specialist Forbidden Planet to host its own tabletop gaming event. Described as a ‘match made in heaven,’ the event saw Big Potato’s team of game demoers set up within five …

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BTHA calls for Government action as it finds 58 per cent of toys sold via online marketplaces are unsafe or illegal

A report conducted by the British Toy and Hobby Association into the sale of toys via online marketplaces found that 58 per cent of those selected for assessment did not comply with the UK toy safety regulations. The findings have prompted the industry body to call for widespread change and …

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