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Days of Wonder merges with Asmodee

By Nick Bullock
Published: August 27, 2014
Days of Wonder
The Asmodee Group is set to expand its reach in the U.S. after it recently acquired game publisher Days of Wonder Inc.

The move, technically a merger, will place Days of Wonder under the Asmodee umbrella as a wholly owned subsidiary, according to Mark Kaufman, Days of Wonder co-founder and vice president of sales and marketing

Days of Wonder will continue to operate as a separate gaming studio within the Asmodee group, Kaufmann said, and the company will maintain its currently locations in Los Altos, Calif., and Paris. Days of Wonder will also continue to occupy its current niche in the growing hobby gaming industry while also providing digital-gaming and app-development assistance to Asmodee.

“We will continue to do what we do,” Kaufmann said. “What they valued in us was, obviously we have some brands that are quite popular, with Ticket to Ride and Small World, so that was important. But also they like the way we operate, only doing a handful of games, one new one a year at most, focusing on the quality of what we do rather than trying to do quantity.”

Following a transitional period, Kaufmann and Days of Wonder CEO and co-founder Eric Hautemont will step back to an advisory role, and current Days of Wonder executive Adrien Martinot will take over. Yann Corno, the company’s third co-founder and its current chief technical officer, will also stay on and continue to oversee the digital games side of the company.

Hobby and gaming stores in the U.S. can continue to go through Alliance Games Distributors for Days of Wonder products.