Asmodee Expands Board Game Reach By Acquiring Catan Publishing Rights

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Asmodee Expands Reach of Board Games by Acquiring Catan Publishing Rights

Asmodee Expands Reach of Board Games by Acquiring Catan Publishing Rights

The Asmodee Group, a board game publishing company located in France, has acquired the rights to publish, market and execute the branding activities for all English versions of the popular board game Settlers of Catan. The original rights holder, Mayfair Games, will continue to publish and distribute Catan until the transition is complete. In the meantime, Asmodee will reorganize itself by creating an independent unit from Catan Studio to oversee and develop Catan related content and nurture the Catan community.

Asmodee Expands Reach of Board Games by Acquiring Catan Publishing Rights

This latest acquisition by Asmodee makes it one of the largest publishers of specialized board games. As well as having the rights to Settlers of Catan, a board game that has sold over 23 million copies if expansions are included over the past 20 years, Asmodee also owns Days of Wonder via a merger in 2014 as well as Fantasy Flight Games which it also acquired in 2014. Days of Wonder is best known for the popular board games Ticket to Ride and Small World while Fantasy Flight Games has the rights to the range of board games Star Wars, including Imperial Assault, X-Wing Miniatures and Armada, Battlestar Galactica, and the Android card game Netrunner Living.

All these acquisitions have borne fruit, with international sales increasing from 48% in 2013 to 67% in 2015. In addition, 30% of these international sales come from the United States.

So while things bode well for Asmodee, the bigger unanswered question is how this will all tie into their announcement last month when they announced they would revise their sales policies, especially in regards to online commerce versus brick and mortar. retailers. Beyond the vagaries of the press releases, nothing concrete, but enough to worry some board game enthusiasts about the price increases to come once the policy is put in place in April.

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