On behalf of the GAMA Board of Directors, the GAMA Retail Division, and the GAMA staff, we want to thank all of our attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors for another successful GAMA Trade Show!

By all accounts, this was the best GAMA Trade show in the last 10 years. The energy level was very high on the floor, in the seminars, and during the manufacturer presentations. It seemed that members at all levels were very pleased with the programming and networking this year. I am very excited that we are able to provide a forum for such great business opportunities.

Attendance was up, with an 8.8% increase in international attendees. Registration processed 1,462 individual badges and 613 retailers. Many new stores attended this year and individual store registrations were up 8%. The exhibit hall was packed with exhibitors and provided a great chance for networking and establishing new business contacts. This is always important and very exciting for our members and attendees. It is the unique interaction on such a grand scale that makes the GAMA Trade Show a great industry event.

The GAMA Retail Division announced the winners of the 2016 Power Retail Awards. Congratulations to the winners:


Outstanding Organized Play Program

Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy (Austin, TX)

Outstanding Marketing

Comic Quest (Lake Forest, CA)

Outstanding Store Design

Epic Loot (Centerville, OH)

Outstanding Store

Epic Loot (Centerville, OH)

A big thank you to all of our sponsors: Mayfair Games, Asmodee North America, Upper Deck, Paizo Inc, IELLO, Games Workshop, Wizkids Games, Konami, Cryptozoic Entertainment, PSI, Impressions, Reaper Miniatures, AEG, Renegade Game Studios, Cool Mini or Not, Catalyst Game Labs, Breaking Games, Pokemon Company International, Cubicle 7, Artana, Wyrd Miniatures, Fireside Games, Wizards of the Coast, Bushiroad, Steve Jackson Games, GamerMats, Star Realms (White Wizard Games), IDW Publishing, Privateer Press, Enterplay, Japanime Games, TCGPlayer.com,  ICV2, Alliance Distribution, ACD Distribution, GTS Distribution, Magazine Exchange, Southern Hobby Supply, and PHD for supporting the show.

The next GAMA Trade Show takes place March 13-17, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. For more information, visit www.gamatradeshow.com.

Thanks again to everyone for all of your support and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s GAMA Trade Show!


John Ward, Executive Director GAMA