Toy Industry Association rebrands as The Toy Association

The US trade body for toys has rebranded as The Toy Association.

Game design workshop-in-a-box smashes Kickstarter goal

The White Box, a kit that claims to include ‘everything you need to start creating the game in your head’, has passed its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter.

Hasbro to launch games subscription service

The Hasbro Gaming Crate will be available to US residents only and will ship three new games to subscribers at a cost of $49.99 per crate.

PhD student adds physicality to Virtual Reality with electric muscle stimulation

Computer science PhD student Pedro Lopes had added a layer of physicality to Virtual Reality thanks to his research involving electric muscle stimulation (EMS).

Dungeons & Dragons-inspired Wet Hot American Summer game hits Kickstarter

The first ever licensed Wet Hot American Summer game has landed on Kickstarter.

Sphero’s BB-8 reacts to viewings of Rogue One thanks to app update

Sphero’s BB-8 toy will beep along to viewings of Star Wars: Rogue One thanks to a new app update by the firm.

Jazwings VP Karen Kilpatrick on helping designers’ toy concepts take flight

Back at the 2015 New York Comic-Con, Jazwares unveiled Jazwings, a new arm of the company dedicated to helping toy creators develop their concept into a product or brand.

Cartamundi eyes artists as inspiration for future iCard lines with residency opportunity

Cartamundi has teamed with Gluon to offer artists a two-month residency at its HQ to develop a piece that uses and challenges its iCard technology.

Exploding Kittens co-creator Elan Lee on Kickstarter, “failing fast” and the differences between digital and physical gaming

In 2015, Elan Lee saw 219,382 backers pledge over $8m on Kickstarter to make his card game, Exploding Kittens, a reality.

UK version of The Toy Box, a Dragons’ Den-style show for toy designers, in the works

Electus International has signed a deal to launch a UK version of Mattel Creation’s The Toy Box.

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