In a surprising announcement today, F2Z Entertainment (the Canadian-based publisher that owns the Z-Man Games, Filosofia, and Pretzel Games brands) revealed their acquisition of popular American publisher Plaid Hat Games. They are the creators of titles like Dead of Winter and Mice & Mystics, in case you’re unaware.
Plaid Hat will be operating under a more corporate-sounding moniker, F2Z USA Corp., but will maintain operations out of their new Dallas, TX the company recently moved into. Ultimately, the move sounds like a big win for both publishers, as not only this expands F2Z’s ever-growing catalogue of games, but also gives Plaid Hat’s titles an opportunity to reach foreign markets through F2Z’s French publishing arm, Filosofia.
It seems the world of individual tabletop publishers continues to shrink, while the major players expand further and further. Just last year, Asmodee announced their acquisition of both Days of Wonder and Fantasy Flight Games, two of the biggest American tabletop publishers in the industry. It’s easy to feel threatened that your favorite publishers are being gobbled up by bigger corporate entities, but realistically, the benefit of providing greater access to the worldwide market just makes sense.
You can read the full press release after the break. What do you think of the news?
Rigaud, Québec, Canada (July 29, 2015)–F2Z Entertaiment, Canadian game publisher of the brands Filosofia, Z-Man Games
and Pretzel Games, announces today the acquisition of American publisher Plaid Hat Games. The new entity, now operating
under the name F2Z USA Corp., will be operating out of Dallas, Texas.
“Plaid Hat Games has always put a strong focus on the design and development process of making board games and
the skill set of the team at Plaid Hat Games reflects that focus. As Plaid Hat Games has grown, the other aspects of the
board game publishing business have devoured more and more of the team’s time and attention. This acquisition
by F2Z Entertainment allows the Plaid Hat Games’ team to turn their attention back to what they do best as they are bolstered
by a super-star production, logistics, sales and marketing team that will have a fast impact on game players around the
world having reliable access to the games we create,” comments Colby Dauch, Plaid Hat Studio Manager.
Some titles currently in the Plaid Hat Games catalog will also be gradually integrated into the F2Z Digital Media branch.
“This acquisition will give the actual and forthcoming titles a wider and deeper reach into the national and international
markets over all media support,” comments Sophie Gravel, President of F2Z Entertainment inc
The bestselling titles Dead of WinterTM and Mice & MysticsTM join the F2Z portfolio of world-wide award-winning
games like Carcassonne* , PandemicTM, Catane*, Terra Mystica*, Zooloretto* and Camel Up*.
“Starting next year, every Plaid Hat titles will be simultaneously released by Filosofia. That is wonderful
news for our French-speaking fans !,” notes Lyne Bouthillette, marketing and communication
manager at F2Z Entertainment.
More simultaneous releases in German and Dutch are also in the planning.