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Asmodee Acquires Just One More Publisher: Repos Production

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Belgian publisher Repos Production, founded by Cédrick Caumont and Thomas Provoost in 2004, has been acquired by Asmodee, bringing the number of publishing studios in the Asmodee Group to fourteen and adding two more "core" titles to its catalog: 7 Wonders, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2020, and Just One, which won the Spiel des Jahres in 2019.

Here's part of the press release announcing this deal:
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Repos Production is both a great human adventure and a brilliant economic success, whose reputation has been built on the attention the team pays to the development of its games. The Asmodee Group has been supporting the growth of Repos Production games since the beginning and distributes them in many countries, materializing a long-standing partnership.
Let me jump in to comment on that reputation as I've seen it in action. I started writing about games full-time in 2006 as the owner and primary writer for BoardgameNews.com, and I've interviewed Thomas Provoost many times over the years. One thing he has stressed multiple times was the company's playtest process, with games being tweaked continually and their publication delayed (or cancelled!) until the design was exactly what they wanted.

Board Game: 7 Wonders
After moving to a new house in April 2019, I re-discovered the mock-up of 7 Wonders that I had received in August 2010 in order to preview it on BGN. Later I had received mock-ups of the Leaders and Cities expansions as well, mock-ups that were then revised in the tiniest of ways before they went to print, but I knew that those changes had come about through repeated playtests. (I'm traveling at the moment, so I can't post a picture of it. Later!)

In any case, on with the press release:
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"For 15 years we have been successfully exercising our passion: to create the best possible games for young and old alike. The Asmodee Group is a partner with whom we have been working since the beginning of our adventure. By joining the great Asmodee family, Repos Production will be able to move on to a new stage in the development of its games and its intellectual property by benefiting from the distribution capacities of the Asmodee Group, as well as synergies with all the other studios of the Group", said Cédrick Caumont and Thomas Provoost, the founders of Repos Production.

Present in 18 countries on 4 continents (Europe, North America, South America and Asia), the Asmodee Group has 14 publishing studios worldwide and distributes its products in more than 50 countries.

"We are delighted to welcome Repos Production to the Group. This acquisition is the logical outcome of a fruitful collaboration that has been going on for many years. We share the same playful culture and a common ambition to offer the best games to as many people as possible. Through this acquisition we will continue to grow our intellectual property portfolio with world-renowned titles. Within the Asmodee Group's ecosystem of 14 studios, Repos Production will thus be able to benefit from synergies enabling it to express all its creativity, the hallmark of its identity, by inventing tomorrow's hits", underlines Stéphane Carville, CEO of Asmodee Group.

Cédrick Caumont is leaving Repos Production to develop an independent studio, Captain Games, combining game publishing and consulting.

Thomas Provoost joins the Asmodee Group as Studios Coordinator. His mission will be to support the studios in implementing the group's editorial strategy, coordinate all releases and catalogues, and share his publishing expertise with studio managers.

Repos Production will be headed by Thomas Vermeir, who has worked with Repos Production for 15 years as an external consultant, with the support of Géraldine Volders.
Congrats to Cédrick and Thomas for building something wonderful! I wish them bonne chance on their future endeavors...
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