Catalyst Game Labs has tendered an offer with The Topps Company, Inc. to acquire various WizKidsâ€™ properties, including such dynamic game lines as HeroClix, the Pirates Pocket Model Game, BattleTech/MechWarrior, and Shadowrun. After carefully reviewing options, Catalyst firmly believes that to protect the properties and ensure the best possible continuity for all communities, acquiring all brands will ensure the on going success of these game lines.
Loren Coleman [majority owner of Catalyst Game Labs] recently met in New York with Topps senior management to further explore the acquisition of these properties. â€œCatalyst has demonstrated our ability to manage large and important intellectual properties, â€œsaid Loren. â€œWe will bring the same excitement and care to the HeroClix, Pirates and other WizKidsâ€™ brands. Weâ€™ve made our initial offer, and look forward to a successful resolution.â€
â€œHeroClix represents the most popular Collectible Miniatures Game on the market, due to its superb Envoy program and a powerful communityâ€ said David Stansel-Garner, Operations Manager [himself a former WizKids employee]. â€œMeanwhile Catalyst Game Labs continues to grow the BattleTech and Shadowrun properties, each with their own vibrant, dedicated communities. While we would be new to the collectible miniatures market, we have proven experience in quickly acquiring the talent and infrastructure needed to produce high quality games. Weâ€™ve already begun the process of contacting top industry talent to bring on board should Topps accept Catalystâ€™s offer.â€
Catalyst Game Labs publishes the perennial Classic BattleTech and Shadowrun game lines and co-publishes (with WildFire LLC) the recently launched CthulhuTech RPG. Next year will see the publication of a new RPG line, Eclipse Phase, numerous casual games (such as Paparazzi!, High School Drama and others), as well as the launching of a novel publishing program.