Mayfair Games exits publishing and sells entire catalogue to Asmodee North America

The publisher behind the popular Settlers of Catan franchise is closing its doors after 40 years in the tabletop gaming business.

Recognised as one of the leaders in the current board game revolution, Mayfair games has sold its remaining games catalogue to Asmodee North America, a publishing and distribution giant.

"As of today, the management team at Mayfair Games announces we will wind down game publishing," the company said in a statement.

"After 36 years, this was not an easy decision or one we took lightly, but it was necessary. Once we had come to this conclusion, we knew we had to find a good home for our games which is when we reached out to Asmodee."

In 2015, Mayfair Games refreshed Settlers of Catan with a fifth-edition release, simply called Catan. The following year, it sold the North American license for the franchise to Asmodee North America. The announcement indicates that it will add the entire product line of Mayfair Games to Asmodee’s growing portfolio.

Asmodee simultaneously snatched up Lookout Games, makers of the Uwe Rosenberg’s classic Agricola as well as his more recent title, Caverna.

Asmodee’s recent run of acquisitions means its stable now includes Fantasy Flight Games, Days of Wonder and F2Z Entertainment, making the company the publisher of the most highly regarded franchises in the tabletop industry, including 7 Wonders, Dead of Winter, Dixit, Splendor, Star Wars: The X Wing Miniatures Game, Pandemic and Ticket to Ride.

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