Combines the best content, a leading point-of-sale solution and the largest marketplace in the collectible card game industry
Strengthens the connection between collectors and retailers through online and physical store channels
SYRACUSE, NY, July 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — TCGplayer, the leading technology platform for the collectibles industry and operator of the largest online marketplace for collectible card games, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement in under which TCGplayer will acquire ChannelFireball and BinderPOS, bringing together the most iconic brands in the collectible card game (TCG) industry.
Launched in 2009, ChannelFireball has established itself as the premier content provider and event coordinator for the TCG industry, providing professional strategy advice to millions of TCG collectors, enthusiasts, fans and gamers, and hosting competitive tournaments at large scale all over the world. In 2020, ChannelFireball merged with BinderPOS – a leading inventory management and point-of-sale (POS) solution for hobby shops – to create CFB Group. Today, hundreds of retailers around the world trust BinderPOS as their inventory management solution, which handles approximately $200 million gross merchandise value (GMV) on an annual basis.
“With ChannelFireball and BinderPOS, we will deepen the connection between collectors and retailers through online and physical store channels, accelerating a strategy that has been our focus since our inception,” said Chedy Hampson, Founder and CEO of TCGplayer. “For the first time ever, TCGplayer will provide a complete point-of-sale solution that seamlessly connects a hobby store’s inventory to the TCGplayer marketplace while enabling the sale of any collectible on their store shelves – including comics, sports cards and board games. As a combined entity, we will also merge the best content in the industry with the world’s largest market for TCGs. Bringing together our expertise, infrastructure and our world-class scale, we hope to bring value to our community in new and exciting ways.
Hampson continued, “As a combined company, we will work together to advance TCGplayer’s goal: to connect fans with communities to relentlessly improve the exchange of things and thoughts that fuel their passions. This goal is at the heart of both companies and essential to creating a shared organization. with a common goal of empowering sellers and delighting enthusiasts through the world of collectibles. We have long admired the ChannelFireball and BinderPOS team and we “We look forward to welcoming this group of talented professionals to TCGplayer. I am confident that through this combination, we will create better opportunities for team members, fans, vendors and all of our joint partners.”
“By partnering with TCGplayer, ChannelFireball and BinderPOS will strengthen our ability to serve the TCG community, joining a team that shares a complementary vision, culture and strengths,” said Jon Saso, Chairman of the CFB Group. “The ChannelFireball and BinderPOS team should be incredibly proud of what we have accomplished and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead of us as we join TCGplayer. I look forward to working with the TCGplayer team as we bring our businesses together .”
“This transaction marks an exciting milestone for ChannelFireball and BinderPOS,” said Josh Grant, CEO of the CFB Group. “Joining forces with TCGplayer will position us to deepen our commitment to local game stores, expand the reach of the platform, and create a bigger, more diverse business with a shared TCG heritage.” Together we will have a bigger and more meaningful impact on our community. , and I can’t wait to see what we will achieve as the TCGplayer team.”
Under the terms of the agreement, TCGplayer will acquire CFB Group’s BinderPOS, its ChannelFireball content arm, ChannelFireball Marketplace and its ChannelFireball Events operating segment. The combination will deepen the value that TCGplayer, ChannelFireball and BinderPOS will be able to offer enthusiasts, retailers and collectors, allowing the combined company to unite and integrate its complementary features for the benefit of the collectibles industry. Additionally, the transaction will accelerate TCGplayer’s vertical expansion strategy, taking the company beyond its core collectible card game business and into new collectibles categories like comic books and sports cards. .
Compelling strategic advantages
Following this transaction, the combined company plans to:
- Provide collectibles-focused SaaS solutions that empower in-store and online retailers. Retailers will have access to a complete POS solution that makes it easy to sell any collectible on a store’s shelves while directly connecting a store’s inventory to the TCGplayer Marketplace. In the long term, as the TCGplayer market expands into new verticals like sports cards and comics, the company plans to evolve the BinderPOS offering to enable seamless synchronization of inventory and pricing across inventories. in-store and online from a retailer.
- Bring together the most influential content brands in the industry. By connecting industry-leading pricing data from TCGplayer and industry-leading content writers from ChannelFireball and TCGplayer Infinite’s content arm, the combined company will deliver more diverse content, including data-driven insights, and content for the casual hobbyist, professional gamer or avid collector.
- Enhance the collectibles customer experience with unparalleled subscriber rewards. This transaction will create a one-stop shop for enthusiasts across the entire collectibles ecosystem, providing customers with access to the largest selection of TCG products and content while extending the power of TCG’s authentication and fulfillment services. TCGplayer’s tip to a wider part of the market. As a result, the companies will create unparalleled value for subscribers, harnessing the full potential of both organizations.
The transaction is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks and TCGplayer will provide an update on the future corporate structure of the combined entity as the integration plans are implemented. During this time, the TCGplayer, ChannelFireball and Binder POS teams will ensure that all new and existing users do not experience any platform or service disruption.
About the CFB Group
Launched in 2009, ChannelFireball has established itself as the premier content provider and event coordinator for the TCG industry. The company’s content offering provides professional strategy advice to TCG collectors, enthusiasts, fans and gamers, while its ChannelFireball Events segment hosts dozens of large-scale competitive tournaments around the world. Following the creation of CFB Group in 2020, which brought together ChannelFireball and BinderPOS – the leading inventory management and point-of-sale (POS) solution for hobby shops – the company launched the ChannelFireball Marketplace.
TCGplayer is the leading technology platform for the collectibles industry. Founded as a digital media company specializing in collectible card games in the collectibles space, TCGplayer has grown from its initial roots working with Syracusehobby stores into a vast e-commerce platform. The company develops applications, data management tools and technologies such as robotic automation that are revolutionizing the collectibles industry, connecting thousands of hobby shops and online sellers with customers and collectors around the world. whole world. A goal-oriented company, TCGplayer prides itself on creating a culture that fosters camaraderie, embraces diversity and exudes passion. He was ranked among New York State 50 Best Employers, Fortune.com’s Top 100 Companies for Women in the United States and certified Great Place to Work by its employees. To learn more about TCGplayer, visit https://careers.tcgplayer.com/.
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