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Rumor Mill: Asmodee Exploring a Sale

The board game publisher Asmodee Group is rumored to be exploring a sale. The potential sale could see the company valued at more than 1.5 billion euros/$1.7 billion. According to Reuters, Guyancourt, a French-based company, owned by private equity firm Eurazeo, has hired investment bankers to run the sale process. Eurazeo owns Asmodee.

The company generates 100 million euros/$119 million in 12-month earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. Eurazeo took over Asmodee in 2013 for 143 million euros and it is not uncommon for an investment firm to sell in hopes of making a profit.

Asmodee and Eurazeo has been aggressive bringing in new intellectual property and publishing studios. Asmodee includes Fantasy Flight Games, Days of Wonder, Asmodee Studio, Catan Studio, Z-Man Games, Plaid Hat Games, Lookout Games, and more. Their games include Catan, X-Wing, Flick Em Up, Ticket to Ride.

Mayfair Games Sees Layoffs. Is it Closed Down? (Updatex2)

We received a tip that Mayfair Games has closed down as of November 2 with employees being let go. It’s unknown the exact state of the company but layoffs have occurred.

When we reached out to the company’s public relations team we received an automated response back confirming some of the news:

Julie Yeager and Chuck Rice are no longer employed with Mayfair Games.

The company’s website hasn’t been updated in some time with it Retweeting on November 3 and the Facebook page seeing an update of its cover photo and a mention of International Games Week on November 2.

The company has had a rocky existence with previous financial trouble and it’s possible it’s currently restructuring or possibly being bought out.

Mayfair Games was founded in 1981 to publish the railroad game Empire Builder. In 1996 the company became the publisher of The Settlers of Catan in the US, it’s most well known game.

In 1997 the company shut down and was bailed out by Iron Crown Enterprises who purchased most of the company’s assets and restarted operations as Ironwind, Inc.

In 2007 Pete Fenlon became CEO amid a major organization that focused on core brands including Catan.

In January 2016 the company transfered all publishing, commercial, and brand rights for all English-language Catan products to a new subsidiary of the Asmodee Group, Catan Studio. Fenlon left the company to become the CEO of that new company.

Larry Ronzai became the new CEO after being a board member, President, and COO. After our initial outreach the automated response directed us to Loren Ronzai for further questions.

The company had a sizeable footprint at this year’s Gen Con 50 with their usual space for gaming and store present.

Customer service is still operational to some extent. Inquiries about game components/parts issues can be directed to custserv@mayfairgames.com. We are awaiting an official response and expect this to be a topic at this weekend’s PAX Unplugged where the game publisher is still listed as an exhibitor though not the Expo Hall map. We have been told they won’t be present though the website hasn’t been updated to reflect that.

Update (11/15/17): Loren Ronzai, Executive Vice President of Mayfair, has responded:

This is not accurate. Since it has become a rather rapid rumor the last few days we are working on a press release to address it. Alliance still has stock of all of our current titles and we are still operating and taking orders.

Update (2/9/18): We were indeed correct in our initial reporting. The company has sold its assets to Asmodee. Read the full story.

Le Havre coming soon from Mayfair Games in Early 2017!

le_havre_rzyemrMayfair and Lookout Games are returning Le Havre to the tabletop with a new release for some time in early 2017.

Le Havre is a game about managing a harbor, building ships and constructing buildings. On each turn, players must decide whether to take good of one type or to carry out a building action.  The number of goods on offer varies from turn to turn. New goods of each kind are added regularly, building up until a player takes them. Wood, clay and iron are building resources. Fish, grain and cattle are used to feed your dock workers. Actions in buildings allow goods to be upgraded — just turn the tokens over to show the reverse side.  At the end of the game, the player with the largest fortune is the winner. This is the total of the player’s cash and the value of his or her ships and buildings.

The game by Uwe Rosenberg can be played by 1-5 players, either in a shortened version or as a full game that can last anywhere from 30 minutes to hours, ensuring that it provides the right level of challenge for any game table. The game itself is packed with materials include cards, tokens, and more.