Hachette Livre is in exclusive talks to acquire French board game company Gigamic. The publisher said the move was "part of a strategic decision to explore the leisure activity market that sits alongside publishing, in particular all the segments of the consumer gaming market."
Gigamic, founded 27 years ago by brothers Jean-Christophe and Stéphane Gires, is based near Boulogne-sur-Mer, with products including strategy games Quarto, Katamino and Quoridor, and family games such as Six qui prend, Bazar Bizarre, Mito and Wazabi. It has 30 employees and sales of over €15m, Hachette Livre said.
Stéphane Gires will continue to manage the business.
Hachette Livre chairman and c.e.o. Arnaud Nourry said: “We are delighted to welcome Gigamic and its great team, whose skills are naturally closely aligned with our content creation activities for the consumer market. Like all the entities that have joined the Group in recent years, Gigamic will be able to pursue its development while retaining its creative autonomy."
Hachette Livre already produces party games, and added mobile games to its portfolio in 2016 when Hachette UK bought Neon Play.