So I have been thinking about the new direction that GW has been taking recently. Their level of engagement as well as revival of older systems, such as blood bowl, and introduction of many new factions has been excellent.
As well they are addressing issues with their systems and branching out into additional and relatively affordable extras such as textured bases to match the imperialis boards.
I am fully behind this and love how they appear to be transforming themselves as a company, and returning to the sort of company I knew and loved in the 1990's.
However, I just wanted to raise this issue of how this might impact other aspects of the gaming hobby. The lack of GW participation in so many areas allowed a huge amount of companies to fill that void. I think many would not dispute that tabletop gaming is near saturated with many many companies around now doing miniatures, conversion parts, bases, and whole gaming systems, and a lot of these are heavily directed at being for 40k consumption.
Now that GW is stepping up into these areas I do worry that certain small companies may start to find their profit margins shrink to levels that make them as a business unsustainable.
I have no evidence for this, but to me, it seems a natural economic impact that GW will have on our hobby life. I dont begrudge GW this but I do think perhaps getting what you want might have repercussion unconsidered.
Do you have any thoughts on this?