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Hans im Glück Changes Publishing Partners: Rio Is Out, Z-Man Is In

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game Publisher: Hans im Glück
Board Game Publisher: Z-Man Games
On June 6, 2012, German publisher Hans im Glück announced that by the end of 2012 Rio Grande Games will no longer be its English-language license partner; instead Z-Man Games, which is owned by Canadian publisher Filosofia Édition, will be HiG's English-language license partner. From the announcement (edited for clarity):
This license includes all new products as well as older ones, in particular all Carcassonne titles in English, which will be available through Z-Man Games from Fall/Winter 2012 on.

Of course, both companies will stay as separate business partners.

We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership.
No word yet on whether Dominion and its spin-offs – the only titles to be licensed from Rio Grande Games to Hans im Glück – will continue to be published in German by HiG (or in French by Filosofia).

Update: At 4:38 p.m. BGG time, Rio Grande Games posted the following on its Facebook page:
In an effort to simplify our product line and to better focus on our core business of providing the best games to our customers, Rio Grande Games has been reducing the number of games we co-produce and distribute from other companies. The final step in this process will occur at the end of 2012 when we end our publishing of games from Hans im Glück. We expect to continue our other publishing arrangements with our other partners and will also expand our own line of games. This includes more products to support Dominion and Race for the Galaxy and to add new games to our own line of game. We thank our loyal customers for the support we have received in the past and expect this new direction will enable us to provide even better games in the future.
(HT: Ray for pointing this out in the comments below)
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