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Suhada Roughley
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I wanted to work out who published "Ingenious".
If I look a the Ingenious page it shows about 20 publishers.
I would perhaps have expected a few if the game had been published by one and then another publisher but 20!
I thought it was usual that a game would usually only be published by one publisher.
Can anyone explain?
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There are a few reasons for this (and more i can't think of):
1) Different regions - each region may have it's own publication branch.
2) As you mentioned, a new publisher.

 
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Suhada Roughley
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Thanks Brian.
So I presume the fact that Ingenious has 20 publishers means there's a pretty big selling network going on worldwide.
Is it likely that
(a) The Game Designer has a contract with just one of the publishers who then sub-contracts rights to other publishers or
(b) will the designer have contracts with all the publishers or
(c) do these things vary?

If it's (a) then is there a way of telling who the main publisher is?
 
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Suhada Roughley
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By going to the UK IPO website I worked out that "Sophisticated Games" owns the Trademark in the UK.
 
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Usually one, I believe; but I imagine some exceptions occur. The designer is Reiner Knizia. If you look at the box back by browsing the gallery on the Ingenious game page, you find that Sophisticated Games is always on the box (lower right), so I'd assume that's the original publisher.


You can click on the above image and choose original size to see all the details. If you click on the previous designer and publisher links, you can see a (very long) list of all the games they've each made.

Thinking about it, a large publisher in the UK or the US or Germany would, I think, routinely pay for worldwide rights. But a small publisher in Obscuristan might be more likely to only want to pay for the rights to the Obscuristanese language version.

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Suhada Roughley
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Thanks Walt - I feel clearer about it now.
It's early days and I haven't even sent my game to a publisher yet but it's useful to start to understand how the licensing works.
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You should check out the Board Game Design forum. You can even ask 'dumb' questions here and a published designer will likely share their experiences and advice.
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Suhada Roughley
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