By Christopher Helton
Big new today in tabletop gaming is the news that Asmodee has merged with Days of Wonder. While technically being called a merger, the end result is that Days of Wonder will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Asmodee.
Board gaming fans will recognize Days of Wonder as the publishers of Ticket To Ride, Memoir 44 and Small World. Both of these games are consistently popular in the hobby games channels. Asmodee is best know for its games 7 Wonders and Mascarade. Asmodee will benefit from the in roads to US mass market and hobby gaming channels that Days of Wonder has (Ticket To Ride is available in mass market stores like Target), as well as the digital games development that Days of Wonder has already started. Days of Wonder will continue as an independent studio within Asmodee.
According to Forbes, Days of Wonder generates $10 to $20 million in revenue annually.
In the short term this acquisition should have no impact on the availability of Days of Wonder games. They will still be distributing to the hobby trade via Alliance Game Distributors, and to other channels through PSI.
Christopher Helton is a blogger, podcaster and tabletop RPG publisher who talks about games and other forms of geekery at the long-running Dorkland! blog. He is also the co-publisher at the ENnie Award winning Battlefield Press, Inc. You can find him on Twitter at @dorkland and on G+ at https://plus.google.com/+ChristopherHelton/ where he will talk your ear off about gaming and comics.