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Board game giant Asmodee may be on the market

Potentially big news for the board game industry today. Asmodee, the industry kingpin behind some of the world’s biggest games, is investigating a sale to an (as yet) unknown buyer. The company is currently owned by a private equity firm and is valued at 1.5 billion euro (roughly 2.37 billion in Australian dollaridoos).

In recent years Asmodee has almost become the Disney of board game companies. They have gained a reputation for buying up smaller publishers, merging with competitors, and growing their games library by leaps and strides. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, you won’t be unfamiliar with the games. Through it’s mergers and acquisitions Asmodee now own the rights to blockbusters like Pandemic, Dead of Winter, Ticket to Ride and Arkham Horror. They also own other board game entities like Fantasy Flight Games, Days of Wonder, Z-Man Games and Plaid Hat Games.

There’s no word yet on who the unknown potential buyer is, though some hobbyists have already started wondering if it might be Hasbro, the other tabletop superpower. The news has some concerned, as the firm that currently owns the company has always stayed out of the creative process and let Asmodee be Asmodee. New owners might not be so hands-off, especially if they are a company like Hasbro or Disney. With Asmodee being the powerhouse that it is, it is exciting that the world seems to be taking note of the massive potential for the tabletop games market. We can only hope that with the increased commercial interest in the tabletop world we don’t see the trend of games being watered down for more mass market appeal like has happened in other industries (hi Disney!).

For reference, here are just a few more games that Asmodee has under it’s belt…

  • 7 Wonders
  • Dead of Winter
  • Arkham Horror
  • Catan
  • Unlock! Escape Adventures
  • TIME Stories
  • Alhambra
  • Black Fleet
  • Braintopia/Cortex
  • Captain Sonar
  • Concept
  • Cyclades
  • Dice Forge
  • Dixit
  • Fallout: The Board Game
  • Pandemic and Pandemic Legacy
  • Spot It!
  • Splendor
  • Ticket to Ride
  • X-Wing
  • Watson & Holmes
  • When I Dream
  • Colt Express
  • Mysterium
  • Elysium
  • Kingdom Builder
  • Mafia
  • Takenoko
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