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MEMBERSHIP TYPES

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GAMA offers memberships for professionals across the entire hobby games industry. We provide a core group of benefits for all members, with additional unique offerings for each membership type. Explore each of the membership types below to learn more.

publishers

PUBLISHERS

Publisher members are businesses primarily engaged in the production of hobby games. They partner with GAMA Distributor and Retailer members to bring games to players worldwide.

Publisher memberships are $300 annually.

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distributors

DISTRIBUTORS

Distributor members are businesses primarily engaged in the wholesale distribution of hobby game products. They partner with GAMA Publisher members to ship best-selling products to game stores worldwide.

Distributor memberships are $300 annually.

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retailers

RETAILERS

Retailer members are businesses primarily engaged in the sale of hobby games to end consumers. This membership also includes businesses that are in the process of opening or have recently begun operating.

Retailer memberships are $125 annually.

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communicating

COMMUNICATING

Communicating members are individuals or companies that work within the hobby games industry in a professional capacity, including service providers, press entities, event organizers, and independent designers, artists, and authors.

Communicating memberships are $50 annually.

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hobbyist

HOBBYIST

Hobbyist members are individuals who do not work professionally within the hobby games industry, but would like to support the industry and GAMA.

Hobbyist memberships are $50 annually.

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MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS OVERVIEW

PUBLISHER DISTRIBUTOR RETAILER COMMUNICATING HOBBYIST
Association Governance*
Board of Directors Yes No No No No
Distribution Chair No Yes No No No
Retail Chair No No Yes No No
Business Services**
CoreScreening Yes Yes Yes Yes No
EVO B2B Yes Yes No No No
Health Insurance Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Priority Payment Systems Yes Yes Yes Yes No
UPS Freight Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Witten Financial Services Yes Yes Yes Yes No
YRC Freight Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Education
Seminars Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Webinars Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Events
ESSENtial Retailer Summit (1 ticket) Yes Yes Yes No No
GAMA Expo (2 tickets) Yes Yes Yes No No
Origins Game Fair (2 tickets) Yes Yes Yes No No
Origins Game Fair (booth discount) Yes Yes Yes No No
Spielwarenmesse (2 tickets) Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Industry Calendar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Networking
Career Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Committees Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Facebook Group Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Website Groups & Forums Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Publications
Around the Table Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Monthly Newsletter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Retail Ordering Guides Yes Yes Yes No No
Toolkits Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
White Papers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
* Not applicable to New Publishers or Introductory Retailers.
** Not applicable to businesses outside USA.

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MEMBERSHIP FAQ

GENERAL

GAMA offers memberships for professionals across the entire hobby games industry. Explore each of the membership categories above to learn more or Contact Us.

Memberships are active from January 1 to December 31. Renewal information is sent out in Q4 of each year.

No. You will need to resubmit your credit card information each time you renew.

Yes. You will first need to be added as an employee of the member company to access the members-only section of the website. This can be done by the owner/primary contact of the company.

You can pre-register for the show online until March 1. Pre-registration open here » On-site registration is open during the show Sunday-Thursday. Registration hours outlined here »

Our staff is willing and able to help you! Find the right person on our team page and fill out the Contact Us form to get in touch.

PUBLISHER

Publisher Manufacturer Members can designate one representative to vote on matters brought before the GAMA Board.

RETAILER

No. Each separate location will need to register a separate membership.

GET IN TOUCH

240 N. Fifth St., Suite 340
Columbus, OH 43215

614. 255. 4500

614. 255. 4499

ABOUT GAMA

The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is the non-profit trade organization dedicated to serving the hobby games industry. GAMA strengthens and supports all industry professionals by advancing their interests, providing educational programs and opportunities, and promoting our unique form of quality social entertainment. Read More »