In a not oft-seen move, a Canadian toy and games distributor has acquired a south-of-the-border competitor. The Quebec-based Filosofia, known primarily as the Canadian supplier of Germany’s Haba line and award-winning games like Quarto, purchased U.S. developer, Z-Man Games.
Z-Man, based in New York state and founded over a decade ago by Zev Schalsinger, distributes approximately 100 card and board games within the U.S. — including the popular Pandemic title. During that time, Filosofia has been distributing many of the same best-selling titles, such as The Secret of Monte Cristo, Merchants of the Middle Ages, and Merchants and Marauders, simultaneously in Canada.
Schalsinger is expected to stay at the Z-Man helm for the foreseeable future. According to Filosofia, it will continue to operate with Z-Man “in their respective markets in the same manner and with the same enthusiasm. Filosofia will continue to publish games for the French market and Z-Man Games for the English market. In some cases, the combination of Filosofia and Z-Man Games will jointly publish games and promote them in the two markets at a time!”
The acquisition is expected to boost Filosofia’s clout in the international market, giving it rights to a wider portfolio of product with which to promote licensing partnerships around the world.