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News and press releases from GAMA-member companies

Nominees for 35th Origins Awards announced

Every year, publishers and creators submit their best products in a variety of categories to vie for the honor of an Origins Award, the hobby game industry’s premiere award for more than three decades. The massive lot of submissions is reviewed by a jury of experts drawn from the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design and the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA), and these expert juries select the top ten in each category as semi-finalists. Game store retailers attending the GAMA Trade Show ( vote upon the semi-finalists, creating the final list of nominees in each category.

Each nominee receives a silver award and a place on the final ballot, which is presented in June each year to the attendees of the Origins Game Fair (, GAMA’s consumer game convention. Attendance at Origins typically tops 14,000 thousand game fans, all of whom can cast their vote during the show. The ballots are then tallied and the winner in each category announced at a gala ceremony on the last night of the convention. Continue reading


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Charity Auction in memory of Dave Arneson

GAMA will hold a silent charity auction in memory of Dave Arneson at the GAMA Trade Show (GTS). We are currently looking for donations to the auction.

If you’d like to donate an item for the auction, please contact Trey Reilly ( with the details of your donation.

Please bring the items with you to GTS. If you’re unable to attend GTS this year but still wish to donate an item to the auction, please contact Trey to make arrangements for shipping.

Bidding for items will begin on Tuesday, April 14. The auction will end at 6pm on Thursday, April 16. More details will be announced at the show.

His family has yet to apprise us of which charity he favored, but we’ll have that information soon.

Thank you in advance to everyone who donates, and thank you to everyone who participates!

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2009 GRD Board election deadlines and process

GAMA Retail Division Votes for Change in Election Rules
The GAMA Retail Division voted earlier this year to change their Election Guidelines to allow GRD members not attending the GAMA Trade Show (April 14-17, 2009, at Bally’s in Las Vegas) to participate in the election of Board Members. Part of the business of the new Board elected this year at GTS will include formalizing the system the GRD uses for that process, but we wanted to make sure that the mandate from the membership was not ignored for this year’s elections.

With the understanding that this year’s system is a temporary measure meant to address this need in short order, and will be formalized in the coming year for future elections, here’s the system we’re proposing for this year’s GRD Board Member elections.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Wallace, GRD Chair, at Continue reading

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CPSIA update: Guidance for small biz, resellers

First, thank you to all of the GAMA members who sent your concerns to members of Congress and the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). Congress is starting to listen — your voices made a difference! Keep sending the message to Washington that the CPSIA needs an overhaul.

The CPSC released a Guide to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act(CPSIA) for Small Businesses, Resellers, Crafters and Charities. It’s a solid and useful read, and we urge all of our members to take a look at it.

Get educated on how this Act affects you and your business, then attend the CPSIA seminar at this year’s GAMA Trade Show.

CPSIA seminar at GTS 2009
Looking for more information on the CPSIA? Join us from Noon-1 on Tuesday, April 14th in Skyview 3 for the following seminar at GTS:

Overview of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
Speaker: Chip Bowles, Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC
Noon – 1:00pm, Tuesday (April 14)
What you don’t know can hurt you!  A basic overview of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) focusing on important issues concerning product testing, what constitutes a Children’s Product, and an overview of how retailers and manufacturers can protect themselves from liability for lead, phthalates, or lawsuits.
See you there!

More info to come!
As we get more updates about the CPSIA, we’ll pass it along. Please send your message to Washington today!

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Current list of GTS exhibitors

Here’s the current list of exhibitors at this year’s GAMA Trade Show. The list gets longer every day as more companies finalize their plans, so we’ll post updates regularly! Continue reading

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New ED hits the ground running

GAMA’s new Executive Director John Ward completed his initial orientation period with GAMA last week in Columbus, Ohio. His schedule included an overview of office practices with former ED Anthony Gallela, an introduction to GAMA’s staff, meetings with local businesses and service providers, and individual conversations with each member of the Board of Directors.

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GAMA and GTS now on Facebook

Connect with even more people throughout the industry with the new GAMA and GAMA Trade Show areas on Facebook. Link with people in the group, then tell your customers that you’ll be on top of everything at this year’s GAMA Trade Show!

GAMA group on Facebook

GAMA Trade Show event on Facebook

We’ll see you at GTS 2009!

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