Publisher of Settlers of Catan Closes its Doors.
After 36 years Mayfair Games Closes. Mayfair games was the publisher of Settlers of Catan and board games loved by hobbyists world wide. In a tweet Mayfair Games informed its longtime fans that their games won’t be disappearing. Mayfair reportedly approached Asmodee Games, and has sold their entire game library to the hobby game giant.
Today, we announce, after 36 years, we are closing our doors. @AsmodeeNA, has acquired all assets of Mayfair Games, including the @LookoutSpiele product line. This was not an easy decision, but it was necessary. We want to say THANK YOU for all your support over the years! pic.twitter.com/kPkVGtQ8mx
— Mayfair Games (@mayfairgames) February 9, 2018
The news shouldn’t be too surprising to a lot of us keeping an eye on the industry. Back in November Mayfair games had some pretty serious layoffs, losing most of the marketing, public relations, and distribution crews. So I think it is fair to say the Mayfair was having some kind of financial hardship despite the re-release of Catan in 2015.
Changes to Your Hobby
During its nearly 40 year run Mayfair games has made a significant impact on the hobby. As a publisher of two of the most widely recognized board games, Settlers of Catan and Agricola. I know personally the first board game I ever played was Settlers of Catan. That was even before I really knew what board games were.
Luckily we won’t be seeing these historic going away anytime soon. Since Asmodee has purchased Mayfair’s entire library, we will likely see these game again. Although, it will be under a new publisher and new theme.
In the past few years Asmodee has been no stranger to the acquisition game. Making purchases of both Fantasy Flight Games and Days of Wonder. Although if we look at those two examples alone it looks like Asmodee and very considerate in the way it handles its acquired properties.
All in all, I wouldn’t expect to see too much to change. We may see a small hiccup in the quantities of the current Catan edition. Although we may see new Game of Thrones or Star Wars themed Catan games (since Asmodee has access to those licensees). I know I will be keeping a close eye on what Asmodee does next. As this newly emerging gaming giant seem to be taking over a large sector of the hobby industry.