Mattel buys Blokus publisher, acquires Whack-A-Mole

January 20th, 2009: Allan Sugarbaker says...
Mattel buys Blokus publisher, acquires Whack-A-Mole

Since we’ve just recently posted our review of Blokus, it seems like quite a coincidence to hear news on the game. As of last Friday, toy and game company Mattel has purchased Sekkoia, publisher of the Blokus line of games, for an undisclosed amount. This continues Mattel’s cherry-picking pattern, as the company also acquired the super-hit party game Apples to Apples (along with Snorta and Blink) from Out of the Box Publishing in 2007. Blokus, which was first released in 2000, has sold over 1 million units, including the core set and other Blokus spin-off titles.

Mattel also acquired the Whack-a-Mole game from Bob’s Space Racers Inc, an amusement game manufacturer. Therefore, I’d expect to see handheld or DLC Wii versions in the near future.

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