Hachette Livre in exclusive negotiations acquiring majority stake in Blackrock Games

October 29, 2019 - 8:17am

Hachette Livre entered exclusive negotiations with Black Games’ shareholders to acquire a majority stake in their company. Blackrock Games, based in Romagnat, near Clermont Ferrand, was founded in 2007 by Alain Ollier and Yoann Laurent, and is the 3rd largest boardgame distributor in France. They have 25 employees, a portfolio of 30 boardgame publishers, and around 90 new releases each year, with a product portfolio of over 400 games. Yoann Laurent, supported by Thibaut Quintens and Wladimir Watine, will remain at the head of Blackrock Games.

Blackrock Games are known for Spiel des Jahres 2017 winner, Kingdomino, Celestia, Spiel des Jahres 2015 winner, Colt Express, Taggle, Feelings, Juduku, and Blanc Manger Coco.

"We are thrilled to be able to accelerate our development with Hachette Livre and thus offer new opportunities to our publishing partners. We will continue to be committed to our teams and to our values." -Yoann Laurent, President of Blackrock Games

"We are delighted to welcome Blackrock Games, whose know-how is widely appreciated in the world of boardgames. We expect this outstanding team and its leaders to continue the great work they have been achieving so far." -Arnaud Nourry, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hachette Livre.

Hachette Livre recently acquired Gigamic and is implementing their strategic decision to explore the family leisure market which is adjacent to their book publishing business. Hachette Livre is now composed of Gigamic, Studio H, and Funnyfox, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lagardère SCA, the third-largest trade and educational publishing group in the world.

Antoine Fortuin

Bitten by a common house spider, Antoine emerged with the uncanny ability to buy more games than he had time to play. While living in the hills of Tennessee, USA, he tries to balance software development, family, and his multiple, competing hobbies. He hopes to someday discover a pocket dimension in which to store his games