Flat River Group is a US distributor of various geeky and otherwise unique merchandise, and Impressions is a long standing distributor of board games. So one acquiring the other makes sense to further grow their network, which is precisely what happened recently. Flat River Group announced they will be acquiring Impressions, with the change taking effect on January 1st. Flat River Group and Impressions have had a long working relationship and the acquisition started out as just a conversation about how they could better help each other. But as time went on that conversation turned into a proposal of Flat River Group just outright buying Impressions. Both companies will continue operating under their respective names, but now resources and connections will be pooled between the two companies.
What does this mean for us as consumers? Well for us it just means that distribution (getting the game from warehouse to store) will go more smoothly. But for game producers and Kickstarter creators, this means even more services will be offered by the respective labels making for better and easier distribution of their games.