Long-time board game manufacturers Hasbro and Pressman are celebrating their centennial birthdays, but the game creators may have to stop the celebrations there. Both companies are seeing significant declines in ratings, having lost over half a star in the past four years. Consumers are growing frustrated by a notable decline in the quality of components and game construction and feel that the games may no longer be worth the price. While Hasbro offers a low price point for some of their classic games at just $10-$20, as one consumer put it, “…affordable does not mean quality.”
Meanwhile, competitors Days of Wonder and Stonemaier have maintained high ratings in the same time period, both with an average star rating of 4.7+ this year, despite significantly higher price points (~$50) for notable games Ticket to Ride and Wingspan.
Games aren’t just for the kiddos anymore as board games are U.S. consumers’ 10th most popular hobby.
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