Could CATAN soon enter the Board Game Arena? | Source: CATAN Studio/Asmodee

The owner of CATAN Studio just made a big acquisition that will further marry the physical world of board games with the rapidly-expanding digital realm.

Asmodee purchased the digital multiplayer board game platform Board Game Arena (BGA) in a move that will see more of the company’s titles make the jump to digital in the months ahead.

BGA offers players access to the official online versions of more than 250 games in more than 40 languages to more than 5 million members worldwide. Asmodee titles, including Carcassonne, Jaipur, and 7 Wonders are already available on the service.

Board Game Arena | Source: Asmodee

Asmodee Head of Strategy Thomas Koegler says that the first new addition to BGA from the Asmodee catalog will be Skull and Splendor which will be released within the next few weeks.

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“Working with Asmodee allows us to continue our massive growth, with a partner that shares our love and passion for board gaming,” say Grégory Isabelli and Emmanuel Colin, BGA co-founders. “Asmodee fulfills a sine qua non-criteria for us: that BGA is always run by absolute board game fans whose core business is board games.”

BGA will operate as an independent subsidiary of Asmodee with no pricing, editorial, or staffing changes.

Game on!