Indie Boards & Cards and Stronghold Games announced that they will be merging into one big publishing group called Indie Game Studios. They will also be adding in Action Phase Games, which was previously acquired by Indie Boards and Cards in 2016.
“I am delighted to join forces with Stronghold Games,” said Travis Worthington, CEO of Indie Game Studios. “Stephen is a tremendous individual that has grown a loyal following over the past decade and we’ve had a long running relationship of working together over the years. Our skill sets are very complementary, and I look forward to even greater growth as we work together as one team in the future. The timing was critical for both our companies. As the industry consolidates around a few major corporate players, we needed to get bigger in order to compete as an independently owned creator of the world’s best board games.”
“We have entered a new era in the hobby board game industry,” said Stephen M. Buonocore, President of Stronghold Games. “We cannot simply operate as we did 10 years ago. To grow our business, we must acquire ‘mindshare’ via increasing visibility of our brands, additional customer focus, and hiring new talent. This merger will do exactly this. Indie Game Studios will allow us to increase our global reach, better fulfill gamer needs, and enhance our product development efforts throughout all of our brands. Indie Game Studios is uniquely positioned as an independent entity, ready to battle the giant corporate owned conglomerates of the hobby board game industry.”
The companies under the Indie Game Studios title will maintain their identities with Travis Worthington staying on as President of Indie Board and Cards and Action Phase Games even as he takes on the title of CEO of Indie Game Studios. Stephen M. Buonocore will also continue as the President of Stronghold Games, but he will also act as the spokesperson for all the brands within Indie Game Studios.