The headline might be a little sensational, but it’s hard for me not to have these thoughts when one of the former kings of video gaming retail is reduced to selling board games to try to make some money:
GameStop may be the one big retail name left that people can associate with video games, but listings on the company’s website suggests there is going to be a move towards including board games in addition to the games and toys already lining store shelves.
It should be noted that GameStop already has some board and card game items for sale, but these mostly consist of trading card packs for games like Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh or video game-themed board games like Fallout Checkers or Star Wars Trivial Pursuit. This new move would bring games you’d find in a specialty board game store to GameStop as well.
GameStop wouldn’t be the first large retailer to try introducing board games to its offerings. Barnes and Noble started about a year ago, and has gone so far as to host International Tabletop Day events in stores. Target has also seen success with board games, and have even included stickers on games seen on the popular Tabletop YouTube series.
As seen on the GameStop website, board and card games like POOP In A Bag are now listed as being available starting June 2. iDigitalTimes reached out to POOP creator Blaise Sewell to ask about his game coming to GameStop. “Retail stores like GameStop are smart to adapt to where the market is and recognize how big tabletop gaming has become,” he said.
Sewell feels his and other party games are to thank for the renewed interest in tabletop gaming. “This era of “party games” really kicked off with Cards Against Humanity and as more people play casual games like POOP and Billionaire Banshee they’re opening the door to a whole world of more complex games too,” he said. “People want human interaction and in a world full of screens and devices, tabletop games are here to the rescue.”