How Technology Is Changing The Toy and Tabletop Game Industry

by Don Wilder | 23 Mar 2023

The Bloom Report

Technology has been rapidly transforming various industries over the past few decades, and the toy and tabletop game industry is no exception. With the increasing popularity of digital devices, it's no surprise that more and more traditional toys and games are incorporating technology to enhance gameplay and offer new experiences.


One of the most notable changes in the toy industry is the rise of smart toys, which are toys that can interact with children through sensors, voice recognition, and artificial intelligence. Smart toys such as robotic pets, interactive dolls, and educational games offer unique and personalized experiences that can adapt to a child's individual learning pace and preference (Check out: FurReal Friends, Sphero Mini, Anki Cozmo, LeapFrog LeapStart)


Tabletop games, on the other hand, have been transformed by technology in different ways. Digital tabletop games, which are played on a screen or a digital platform, have gained significant popularity in recent years. Games like Tabletop Simulator and Roll20 offer players the ability to play a wide range of games with others from around the world without the need for physical pieces. (Check out: Tabletop Simulator, Roll20, Mansions of Madness)


Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have also made their way into tabletop gaming, offering immersive and interactive experiences. With AR and VR, players can see the game world come to life before their eyes, providing a new level of excitement and immersion. (Check out: Chronicles of Crime, Jedi Challenges)


Technology has also made it easier for board game creators to bring their ideas to life. With digital tools and 3D printers, designers can create prototypes and test their game mechanics before investing in physical production. This has led to an explosion of creativity and innovation in the industry, resulting in a wider variety of games for players to choose from.


Without a doubt, technology has had a significant impact on the toy and tabletop game industry, transforming traditional play experiences and offering new ways to engage with games. Whether it's through smart toys, digital tabletop games, or AR/VR experiences, the industry is constantly evolving and adapting to meet the changing needs and preferences of consumers. What do you predict will be the next big technological impact on the toy and game industry? Share your thoughts and comments.

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