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There’s no better way to kick off the summer than with a heavy dose of tabletop gaming and seeing as the industry has just celebrated its biggest UK Games Expo to date, we thought we would deliver you just that.

Dive into the world of board, tabletop and hobby gaming in ToyNews’ extensive look at the UK Games Expo, featuring exclusive interviews and a delve into some of the biggest topics surrounding the industry at the moment.

From issues of representation to a look at board gaming’s evolving audience, there’s plenty to read up on here ahead of this year’s Essen Spiel.

Turning the geek factor up to eleven, we catch up with Funko CEO Brian Mariotti for an exclusive interview with the pop culture specialists as well as exploring the esports scene with Activision Blizzard’s Tim Kilpin and the videogame-sporting event’s ever-growing alignment with the toy space.

From the retail landscape, we speak with Amazon retail specialists MMP Living about life on the ecommerce platform and why now, more than ever, brick and mortar and online retailers need to come together.

Dr Amanda Gummer talks us through the STEM movement before we launch into our extensive STEM toy sector guide, while Toy Like Me campaigner Rebecca Atkinson gives us the latest on representation in the doll space.

Of course, we have our regular thought leaders looking at topics of creativity in the toy space, how best to select your brand ambassador as well as a look at the connected play landscape with Collabsco’s Valerie Vacante.