Whether or not something is making a lot of money has no relevance to it being niche, the weirder the porn you want the more it's going to cost you. Workshop is niche because the community it depends on is small compared to other companies. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure the number of unique customers at a GW store is orders of magnitude fewer than the Boots up the road. Understanding the risk that this may be venturing too close to politics for forum rules I still feel it needs to be said, white, BAME or Martian the only thing a corporation really cares about is your money, especially if it comes from the top. The last thing we need if we are going to try and fix any of the issues you've mentioned is more corporate involvement.But in terms of UK financials, GW isn't niche - it's performing better than most companies. The UK enshrines in law equality leglislation but the law does come up short in the face of structural racism, structural sexism, structural hegemonies of powers which demean or diminish communities and individuals. Yes there could be a sense of corporate virtue signalling to their post, but it's also arguably a legal and cultural responsibility to restate or newly emphasize a commitment to diversity. This would have been approved at the highest level, and that's important to consider.
I wonder when they started "to diversify the cast of characters" cause when I was young pretty much every GW mini was painted pale skinned. Except green. And black for salamanders, but that was pure.
catachans had different skin tones, but yeah, otherwise is was fairly europeon focus.
lore wise... there was a lot of variety in 40k amongst the guard. very little elsewhere from what I recall
As far back as I can recall the warhammer games have always been very euro centric in terms of lore.
The few times they tried to pull in cultural references from outside Europe they tended to be cultural caricatures or based on rather broad stereotypes.
Though in the last ten years they have started to diversify the models and lore a lot more, which is fun to see.
There's a comedy musical group called Jonny and the Baptists who did a song called Farage about a vote that took place to define it as a word and try and get it in the dictionary. I listened to it on YouTube a lot and the algorithm started suggesting far right videos to me as it didn't understand the context.You can watch a bit of GW content on Youtube and quickly start getting awful recommendations.
There's a comedy musical group called Jonny and the Baptists who did a song called Farage about a vote that took place to define it as a word and try and get it in the dictionary. I listened to it on YouTube a lot and the algorithm started suggesting far right videos to me as it didn't understand the context.
I don't mean unrelated right-wing nonsense, I mean GW Youtubers. Folks like Commissar Gamza and Arch Warhammer who broadly keep to GW topics but reliably gnash and howl at any suggestion of inclusivity. And the commenters who come with them, of course. GW isn't unfortunately adjacent to this stuff; these creators are popular enough to be consistent recommendations when watching GW content.
I don't know the other guy but I've watched Arch Warhammer try to explain various aspects of Warhammer Fantasy and completely mess it up, he didn't take too kindly when I called him on his mistakes either so I've never watched anything else. I do find it concerning if people follow these Youtubers to get accurate canon and don't or get someones personal bias version of it and worse if these people who don't even know the lore they claim to represent start peddling that things can't change to be inclusive because of 'canon' reasons when they can't even get the canon right in the first place. If I saw that I I'd call it out for what it is...
Marketing drivel. Was this really an issue in the hobby? 99% of us are just happy enough to find someone play a game.
How 'inclusive' is GW when it comes to its economic barriers it puts into place on pricing. Yeah another price hike incoming. How can kids afford this? Excuse me. How many kids from privileged families can even afford this?
How many of those millions do they give back to the community for charitable causes? How many plastic kits do they donate in kind to children's hospitals?
How 'non discriminatory' are they when they kick players out of their stores when not exclusively using their overpriced products.
how non-discriminatory is their pricing against the rest of the world. Australia gets taxed fir being Australian but ho hum...
Oh yeah and end the we welcome everyone statement with... if you dont agree with us your not welcome or will not be missed. Statement is suspiciously facist bullshit to me. Surely ok for the in IP imperium as its fiction to tout this but this is the company's stance on what it perceives as discrimination?
Instead of pointing fingers at others and saying how great you think you are. GW why not take a look at yourself and make some real change and prove it. Walk the walk.
Cut costs. Grow the hobby and be more inclusive of all those that may want to participate no matter what their Geo, Socio or Economic status may be.
Anything else is bullshit talk.
its standard Corporate Social Responsibility.