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The island of Catan is under new ownership

One of North America's most popular board games changes hands

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The North American license for Catan, the board game synonymous with the growth of tabletop gaming in the United States over the last two decades, is under new ownership as of today.

A press release states that Asmodee North America has acquired the license to the English-language version of the game from Skokie, Illinois-based Mayfair Games. Mayfair will assist Asmodee with the Catan tournament schedule, including the 2016 Catan World Championship. You can read more about the tournament at our sister site, SB Nation.

The acquisition further raises the profile of Asmodee, which recently acquired publishers Fantasy Flight Games, makers of the Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game, and Days of Wonder. Mayfair will continue to publish its own titles, including Empire Builder and Nuns on the Run. It also retains a controlling interest in Lookout Games, which is responsible for modern classics such as Agricola and Caverna.

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