Make the Board Game of a TV Gameshow – 51/55 Features Of Best-Selling Board Games
Mass market TV Gameshows are often THE best-selling Board Games, because millions of people sit through the gameplay pattern regularly and can thus understand and connect with the Board Game when released. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Deal or No Deal & others were massive smash hits. Bear in mind the creators and TV companies know how hot Gameshows can be, so expect to spend big to get the rights.
One of the biggest barriers to game playing is the general apathy towards reading rules. People want to play games for fun, and while there is a significant minority who find fun in learning a gameplay and then explaining it, the biggest sellers are usually either a). simple and quick to understand gameplays i.e. Dobble/Spot It or b). the gameplay is already known. The latter of these is of course one of the primary drivers of sales of gameshow-based board games – people already know (more or less) how the game plays from watching the TV. You also in effect get an extended TV commercial for your gameshow board game every time the TV show airs.
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