Looks like Ultra Pro is making their move within the industry as they just put out a press release announcing their impending acquisition of Playroom Entertainment. This will bring the entire catalog of Playroom's under the Ultra Pro name including titles like Killer Bunnies
, Geek Out!
, and the Bright Ideas children's line of games. You can read the full press release below, and then speculate as to what company they might go for next.
ULTRA PRO TO ACQUIRE PLAYROOM ENTERTAINMENT
Commerce, Calif. - September 12, 2016 - Ultra PRO International LLC ("Ultra PRO"), a leading manufacturer of tabletop games and accessories, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Playroom Entertainment (“Playroom”), a publisher of board and card games of strategy, party and early learning genres.
Playroom is a well-recognized publisher of the Killer Bunnies
game line, the Geek Out!
party game series, the Bright Idea Games
children's educational line and several other popular toys and games.
“We have some tremendous plans for the games currently in our catalog and have a wide range of new titles that we can't wait to bring to market. Over the next several weeks, we'll be focused on 2017 planning for these great brands and the future additions to the line. With Ultra PRO’s global reach, incredible resources, and valuable relationships with manufacturing, licensing and marketing partners, this is the start of an exciting next level for Playroom. This is truly a great culmination of our efforts from the past 17 years and I’m very excited to embark on this journey with a well-known brand like Ultra PRO.” said Dan Rowen, Founder of Playroom Entertainment.
With the recent purchases of Jolly Roger Games, TableTopics, and exclusive rights to Stone Blade Entertainment’s portfolio, including the highly acclaimed Ascension
deck building games, the acquisition of Playroom continues Ultra PRO’s strategic plans to deliver, along with popular accessories, premium content to the global toys & games, and geek & pop culture markets.
“Playroom Entertainment has a long history of developing successful brands and licenses that have had an indelible mark across various markets. This will truly complement the existing titles and our overall Ultra PRO Entertainment portfolio. Together, we feel extremely confident about bringing consumers, retailers and our vast distribution network the best games yet from Playroom Entertainment.” said Sean Lashgari, Senior Director of Ultra PRO’s Entertainment Division. “With this acquisition, we now have a solid, diversified foundation in our Entertainment Division, and we plan to leverage our global distribution network and expand our market reach to accelerate growth.”
Ultra PRO’s immediate post-closing plans include investing in new inventory to ensure deep stock levels of its top product lines along with pursuing the numerous projects that are in development. Mr. Rowen will join Ultra PRO as the Director of Playroom Entertainment and continue to manage Playroom's product portfolio on a day-to-day basis.
This acquisition coincides with the launch of several new Playroom Entertainment titles, including Pass the Pandas
, a social game geared towards all ages, the Family edition of its popular Geek Out!
trivia game, and the releases of Sitting Ducks Deluxe
and Cthulhu-themed Unspeakable Words Deluxe
About Playroom Entertainment
Playroom Entertainment is a publisher of a broad range of tabletop games. Its flagship Killer Bunnies
title offers a fun and casual strategy game experience with a unique sense of humor, full of puns and pop culture references. The Geek Out!
line of party games challenge players to bet on their knowledge and answer geeky trivia from a wide variety of popular topics. The Bright Idea Games
portfolio presents specialty and mass market retailers with a full array of educational games that introduces and reinforces math, deduction and pattern recognition skills in children ages five and up. Playroom Entertainment also offers a wide variety of other titles and specialty products including licensed hobby games such as The Hobbit: The Defeat of Smaug
and Lord of the Rings: the Battle For Middle-Earth
card game from the popularLord of the Rings
series, and other family and party games, seasonal holiday gifts, and arts and craft kits.
About Ultra PRO International
Ultra PRO International LLC is the leading manufacturer and supplier of memorabilia, collectibles and tabletop gaming accessories, photo and scrapbooking albums and pages, Ultra Sleeves™ disposable, protective sleeves for computer tablets and school and office folders. Ultra PRO’s Entertainment Division is a publisher of strategy board games for mass retail and hobby markets. Ultra PRO’s TableTopics Division offers a wide variety of conversation starter cards designed to create stimulating conversations and social experiences. Ultra PRO is a privately-held, family-owned company with head offices near Los Angeles, California and a secondary warehouse in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. For more information please visit www.ultrapro.com