Big news from FFG/Asmodee USA: Christian T. Petersen has announced that he will retire from his position as CEO of Asmodee North Ameria. The last game he designed will get released later this year:
In 2014, following a merger with French publishing giant Asmodee, Petersen became CEO for Asmodee North America – a position he will leave at the end of 2018 in order to “focus on family, health, and the pursuit of other interests”.
The last games Petersen worked on at Fantasy Flight will be released over the next six months to a year, he confirmed.
The departure of the FFG founder comes as Asmodee prepares for a new owner: PAI Partners, a private equity firm, will buy Asmodee for €1.2 billion.
Asmodee Group, the French maker of board game Catan and distributor of Pokemon cards in parts of Europe, is exploring a sale that could value it at more than 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion), according to people familiar with the matter.
The Guyancourt, France-based company, owned by private equity firm Eurazeo SE (EURA.PA), has hired investment bankers to run a sale process, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential.
At the moment these are only rumours (but there seems to be enough behind it for Reuters to write a news item about it), but it makes sense that the private equity firm behind Asmodee is trying to cash in after years of massive expansion across all board game markets.
Asmodee has posted a preview for Cities of Splendor, the upcoming expansion for Splendor:
With Cities of Splendor—a collection of four distinct expansions, each offering a unique experience—you can make your dreams of fame a reality as you outthink your opponents. No matter which expansion you choose to use, you’ll find an entirely new way to play Splendor, expanding the game’s replayability without sacrificing the elegance of the original.
And ZMan Games has announced Majesty: For the Realm, a new card game from Splendor designer Marc Andre:
In Majesty, you take on the role of a king or queen seeking to gain power during the Middle Ages. Like any good monarch, you have plenty of subjects ready to do your bidding and help your kingdom grow. Running a kingdom is no easy task and you must make the best use of your subjects and buildings if you want to succeed.
BGG has started posting their preview videos of game presented at the Gama Trade Show. They have just started and more videos will follow in the next few days, but the two highlights for me so far are: