CODENAMES LICENSED BY USAOPOLY IN EXCLUSIVE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP WITH CZECH GAMES EDITION

CODENAMES LICENSED BY USAOPOLY IN EXCLUSIVE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP WITH CZECH GAMES EDITION

CODENAMES LICENSED BY USAOPOLY IN EXCLUSIVE  GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP WITH CZECH GAMES EDITION

2016 Spiel des Jahres Winner, Codenames, to Be Licensed  For the First Time for Fall 2017


February  16,  2017  Carlsbad,  CA  –  USAopoly  Inc.  announced  today  an  exclusive  global licensing   agreement   for   the   Codenames   franchise   with   European-­‐‑based   Czech   Games Edition. USAopoly will design and publish licensed versions of the highly acclaimed tabletop game as the exclusive global licensing partner for the Codenames brand.

The announcement is made by USAopoly’s President and CEO, John M. Davis, and Czech Games Edition’s CEO and Founder, Petr  Murmak.

“We  have  one  of  the  strongest  licensing  departments  in  gaming,  and  we  recognized  that Codenames  was  perfect  for  pairing  with  some  of  our  great  licenses.  We  are  confident  the licensing    possibilities    for    Codenames    will    be    exciting,    and    will    complement    our extraordinary portfolio of game brands,” noted USAopoly President and CEO John M. Davis. “It  will  be  great  to  work  with  Petr  and  the  Czech  Games  Edition  team,  as  Codenames  is wildly popular and well-­‐‑regarded in the market.” 

In 2016, Codenames was the winner of the board game industry’s most prestigious award— the Spiel des Jahres— in addition to numerous other accolades.

Two licensed editions of Codenames will be available in Fall 2017 and will retail for $24.95. Both games are targeted for players ages 8 and up and will be sold exclusively in North America.

USAopoly, Inc. will be at Toy Fair in New York City, February 18‑21. For more information and details on some of the industry’s best games, visit USAopoly.com.


About Czech Games Edition (the Maker of Codenames)

Czech Games is a group of people who love board games and enjoy creating entertainment for genuine players.

Back in 2006, a small team worked with Vlaada Chvátil to create the first edition of Through the Ages. After its huge success at the Spiel in Essen—the biggest European Game Fair— Czech Games Edition was founded.

Since then, CGE has published more than 30 games (many well-­‐‑known, award-­‐‑winning games such as Through the Ages, Space Alert, and Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar, Galaxy Trucker, Codenames, and more.

CGE is focused on publishing games by Czech and Slovak designers, such as Vlaada Chvátil, Vladimír Suchý and Matúš Kotry, but they have also cooperated with designers from Croatia (Filip Neduk) and Italy (Daniele Tascini, Simone Luciani).

Fans can find walkthroughs of many CGE games on Paul Grogan's Gaming Rules! YouTube channel. A demoing machine, Paul has represented CGE at conventions for many years.
CGE’s American translator, Jason A. Holt, also writes fantasy novels. He has worked on all our games, including Alchemists, which won the 2015 Essener Feder prize for best rulebook. Most of Czech Games’ high quality components are manufactured and printed in Europe and, in particular, the Czech Republic.

Czech Games Edition has its own in house digital department. Galaxy Trucker was the first digital implementation of a CGE game. Vlaada Chvatil works closely with the developers to bring unparalleled board gaming to digital platforms with upcoming adaptations of Through the Ages and award winning Codenames. Petr Murmak, CEO of Czech Games Edition, said the company chose to develop the implementation of CGE games in house in order to ensure they are of the highest  quality.


About USAopoly, Inc.

USAopoly Inc.  is  a  leading  developer  and  manufacturer  of  board  games,  collectibles  and puzzles. We’ve been producing the world’s most beloved games “with a twist,” under license from  Hasbro,  since  1994.  Our  partners  include  marquee  brands  and  licensors  such  as Disney,  Nintendo,  Warner  Bros.,  Cartoon  Network,  HBO,  FOX  and  CBS.  With  the  2009 release of Telestrations®, named the #1 Party Game by Board Game Geek, we launched our original  game  business.  Our  portfolio  of  signature  games  is  constantly  growing  and  now includes  the  award-­‐‑winning  games:  Telestrations  After  Dark®,  Lift  it!  Deluxe®,  Tapple®, Rollers®, Nefarious™ The Mad Scientist Game, and many more.

USAopoly is serious about fun and games! Our goal is to show our passion through each and every game we make. Our games are created to bring people together to share an emotional connection and make memorable, fun experiences for families, friends, game enthusiasts, fans, and collectors alike.


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Media Contact:

Jackie Miserany
USAopoly Marketing Manager
jmiserany@usaopoly.com 760‑431-­‐‑5910 x246

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