Zev Shlasinger joins the firm, and says of WizKids: “They are very serious about building a board game business and are not afraid of good, fun, original ideas."

Z-Man Games founder to head up WizKids’ new board game unit

New Jersey-based game developer and publisher WizKids has appointed Z-Man Games founder Zev Shlasinger as the head of its expanded board game unit.

Shlasinger founded Z-Man Games in 1999 and its first publication was the rebirth of the Shadowfist CCG.

The firm was also behind releases as Pandemic, Agricola, Tales of the Arabian Nights, Saboteur, Endeavor, Merchants and Marauders.

"We’re excited to have Zev join the WizKids team," said Justin Ziran, president of WizKids.

"I’ve known Zev for years and always had my eye on him for a position with the company. Zev’s track record of success and his entrepreneurial spirit make him a natural fit with the team and we look forward to expanding our innovative board game offerings in new and unique ways.”

Shlasinger added: "I plan to continue to bring original and unique ideas to market with the help of the WizKids team.

“They are very serious about building a board game business and are not afraid of good, fun, original ideas. In addition, WizKids has an amazing portfolio of licensed properties to enhance their board game presence in the industry. I think our combined qualities make a formidable team.”

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