Asmodee North America has announced it has acquired the English language rights to the super popular Catan series from Mayfair Games.
News of the acquisition may surprise some, but more surprising is that Asmodee North America is now comprised of Catan Studio (newly formed from this acquisition), Fantasy Flight Games, Asmodee and Days of Wonder – all of the big names under one umbrella. If Steve Jackson Games is ever acquired by ANA, then 100% of my current games will be from Asmodee NA.
Anyway… Catan Studio will be run by Pete Fenlon, who was the CEO of Mayfair Games, so worries that new leadership will screw up your ability to get the popular game can be set aside. In fact, go to your FLGS today, and I bet you’ll see 10 copies of the game on the shelves waiting for someone to buy them.
“I am very proud and honored that through this acquisition, we are becoming a major partner to Catan GmbH and the Teuber family, with whom we share common values and vision for Catan and for board games,” Stephane Carville, CEO of Asmodee Group said of the deal. English language versions currently represent over 50% of the worldwide sales of Catan.
While Asmodee North America doesn’t develop Catan, does the change in distributor affect your view on the game? Since we rarely know which trucking company is delivering our caffeinated drink to the Grab-n-Leave, this change will more than likely have little impact on the game – unless marketing and distribution costs rise…