- Fantasy Flight Games
- Z-Man Games, Inc.
- Rio Grande Games
- Stonemaier Games
- Czech Games Edition
- Days of Wonder
- Renegade Game Studios
- Lookout Games
- Alderac Entertainment Group
- Stronghold Games
- Eagle-Gryphon Games
- Wizards of the Coast
- Tasty Minstrel Games
- Queen Games
- Portal Games
- Bézier Games
- Parker Brothers
- Milton Bradley
- Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
- Warp Spawn Games
- The Game Crafter, LLC
- Schmidt Spiele
- Steve Jackson Games
- Games Workshop Ltd.
- GMT Games
- Pegasus Spiele
- Noris Spiele
- CMON Limited
- Paizo Publishing
- University Games
- Mayfair Games
- Edge Entertainment
- Spear's Games
- Pressman Toy Corp.
- Late for the Sky Production Company
- ASS Altenburger Spielkarten
- 999 Games
- Winning Moves Germany
- Heidelberger Spieleverlag
- Ares Games
- The Avalon Hill Game Co
- moses. Verlag GmbH
- Flat River Group
- Multi-Man Publishing
- W. Nostheide Verlag GmbH
- Victory Point Games
- Damm / Egmont
- Flying Frog Productions
- Level 99 Games
- Hobby Japan
- Editrice Giochi
- F.X. Schmid
- Paul Lamond Games Ltd
- White Goblin Games
- Gale Force Nine, LLC
- Cryptozoic Entertainment
- Hans im Glück
- Vae Victis
- Winning Moves UK Ltd.
- Selchow & Righter
- Identity Games International B.V.
- Button Shy
- Hobby World
- Grow Jogos e Brinquedos
- Playroom Entertainment
- Looney Labs
- White Wizard Games
- Spin Master Ltd.
- Cheapass Games
Popular Board Game Publishers
This is a ranked listed of all the board game publishers. We've determined the ranking based on an algorithm developed to look through the catalog of board games for each publisher.
#1 Rank | 1000 Games | Arkham Horror: The Card Game
Fantasy Flight Games is a leading hobby game company based out of Roseville, Minnesota. We publish a massive array of board and card games, roleplaying games, Living Card Games®, miniatures games and digital games. Established in 1995, FFG has earned a reputation for its innovative gameplay, immersive gaming experiences, industry-leading customer service, and top-quality game components (often enhanced with highly detailed plastic miniatures and beautiful artwork).
#2 Rank | 308 Games | Pandemic
At Z-Man Games, we create innovative games that become modern essentials. Since 1999, our studio has published a variety of critically acclaimed titles from casual to complex, cooperative to competitive, small bag to big box—and everything in between. We combine our keen eye for design, attention to aesthetics, and top-notch components to create the best games for every gamer.
#4 Rank | 590 Games | 7 Wonders Duel
Asmodee is a French publisher of board games, card games and role-playing games (RPGs). Founded in 1995 to develop their own games and to publish and distribute for other smaller game developers, they have since acquired numerous other board game publishers, and as of 2018, has become the second-largest publisher of board games, following Hasbro.
#7 Rank | 121 Games | Ticket To Ride
Days of Wonder® develops and publishes games that Play different.™ From its insistence on releasing only a very limited number of new games, to its uncompromising board game production values and unique in-house digital development team, Days of Wonder consistently raises the bar with an unmatched string of hits that includes Ticket to Ride®, the world's best-selling train game; Small World®, the legendary fantasy game of epic conquests; and Memoir '44®, the World War II saga with 20 expansions to its credit.
#8 Rank | 183 Games | Architects of the West Kingdom
To publish games that are fun, challenging, and unique. We believe that gaming is for everybody and that everybody is a gamer; you may have just not found that right game yet!
Renegade was founded in 2014 in San Diego, CA by industry veteran Scott Gaeta. Scott's over 20 years of experience enabled Renegade to gain a foothold immediately, releasing award-winning products and igniting a new era of casual games.
#9 Rank | 273 Games | King of Tokyo
IELLO is a globally recognized board game publisher, maker of award winning King of Tokyo and Bunny Kingdom board games by Richard Garfield. IELLO’s goal is to bring the world games that are irresistible, intriguing enough to pick up, and impossible to put down.
#11 Rank | 133 Games | Blood Rage
CMON began in 2001 as CoolMiniOrNot.com, a community rating site where anyone could submit pictures of miniatures to be voted on by their peers. Numerous features were added to the site as it developed, helping it grow steadily over the years. While that website still exists for its original purpose, it has also become a major web store.
In 2011, CMON entered the board and tabletop game market and is well known for its focus on high-quality games featuring amazing miniatures and fun, engaging gameplay. Thanks to the support of its fans and stakeholders, CMON has published many critically acclaimed games, including Zombicide, Arcadia Quest, Blood Rage, Rising Sun, Cthulhu: Death May Die, and more. Many of those titles have inspired successful sequels and expansions.
#12 Rank | 292 Games | Istanbul
AEG was formed over twenty years ago to publish Shadis magazine. In the mid-1990s AEG created the Legend of the Five Rings. Between 1995 and 2005 AEG created an amazing universe of worlds including 7th Sea, Warlord, and Spycraft. AEG has been transforming over the past several years to focus on board, card and dice games. We’ve created huge hits like Smash Up and Love Letter, and recent innovative games like Mystic Vale, Valley of the Kings, Automobiles, Istanbul, Thunderstone, and Dice City.
#13 Rank | 56 Games | The Castles of Burgundy
Without a doubt, the Ravensburger story is characterized by the principles of Otto Maier. Inspired by the development of educational reforms during his time, in 1883 he founded a publishing house in Ravensburg.
His goal: to combine entertainment and education. His motto: learning by doing. His quality standard: nothing but the best. The initial product range includes presentation folders for craftspeople, educational and family games, how-to books and children's stories. After 1900 picture books, activity games and instructions for model construction and amateur art are added to the product range. By 1925, the year of Otto Maier's death, more than 1000 publishing products have been released.
#14 Rank | 186 Games | Terraforming Mars
Stronghold Games is a hobby game publishing company based in North America.
Founded in late 2009, the focus of Stronghold Games has been to provide maximum customer value by delivering high-quality products, and maximum customer satisfaction with "Best of Breed" games, i.e. games that are the finest in mechanic, theme, and/or other attributes valued by gamers.
Stronghold Games began by bringing back classic games where a reprint of the game was in demand by gamers. Stronghold Games then began working with known and new designers in the hobby game industry to publish new game designs. Stronghold Games is now growing greatly by partnering with other publishers in Europe and Asia to co-publish their games for a broader worldwide hobby game markets, since Stronghold Games has global distribution of its products.
#15 Rank | 377 Games | For Sale
Eagle Games was founded in 2001 by Glenn Drover, and was bought by Ashland, Oregon-based FRED Distribution, Inc. doing business as Gryphon Games in 2007. From 2007 to 2014 they published games under the two lines as Gryphon Games and Eagle Games.
They are currently based in Leitchfield, Kentucky and are now known as Eagle-Gryphon Games. Eagle-Gryphon Games is known for a large catalog of games that range from fast, fun family games to larger strategy games with longer game time.
#16 Rank | 773 Games | Lords of Waterdeep
Wizards of the Coast LLC (often referred to as WotC /ˈwɒtˌsiː/ or simply Wizards) is an American publisher of games, primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes, and formerly an operator of retail stores for games. Originally a basement-run role-playing game publisher, the company originated and popularized the collectible card game genre with Magic: The Gathering in the mid-1990s. It also acquired the popular Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game by purchasing the failing company TSR, and further increased its success by publishing the licensed Pokémon Trading Card Game. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Renton, Washington, United States.
Wizards of the Coast publishes role-playing games, board games, and collectible card games. They have received numerous awards, including several Origins Awards. The company has been a subsidiary of Hasbro since 1999. All Wizards of the Coast stores were closed in 2004.
#17 Rank | 125 Games | Orléans
Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG) is the culmination of a life long dream of founder and CEO Michael Mindes. When he was young, he loved everything that had to do with gaming. As he got older, that passion only increased. After attending college, he had every intention of becoming a board game publisher, but, as he has said, life happens, and his publishing pursuits were put on hold while he worked as a financial advisor with his father. He enjoyed his work, and was quite successful at it, but the dreams of making and publishing boardgames were still part of his long term goals.
#18 Rank | 258 Games | Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Queen Games is a German publisher of tabletop games, based in Troisdorf and founded in 1992 by head Rajive Gupta, which specialises primarily in German-style, family-level games but has also published smaller numbers of both simpler, children's games and more complex, gamers' games.
#19 Rank | 232 Games | Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
We are bookworms, movie maniacs, and story addicts. We grew up reading Tolkien, Howard, Herbert, Dick, & Lem. We watched Willow, Blade Runner, Never Ending Story, & Robin Hood.
And yet, we don’t write books, we don’t make movies. We make board games that tell stories.
Portal Games was founded in 1999 by Ignacy Trzewiczek in Gliwice, Poland. What started with Ignacy and a few friends has grown to become a company internationally recognized and awarded for beautiful, story-driven games year after year.
Now, celebrating it's 20th year, Portal Games can look back at numerous titles that have transported players to different worlds, and provided them with countless experiences they can talk about again and again. But we're not just looking backwards! With this incredible milestone come plans to grow, expand, and push ourselves to give our customers new adventures, new ways to play, and new experiences.
#20 Rank | 98 Games | Suburbia
Bezier Games, Inc. makes richly themed board games for friends and families to play together. We call our games “the new classics” because people play them long after the shiny has worn off and will continue to enjoy them for years to come.
Replayability is a hallmark of our games. With more options than you can fit in a single play, you’ll always have new things to try. Castles of Mad King Ludwig allows you to build a different castle every game. Whistle Stop uses the same core rules to play on a different board every time. Our component overkill makes every play new, every time.
Accessibility is a crucial “new classic” feature. New players can jump in right away. Even if no one at the table has ever played, the Getting Started Guide in One Night Ultimate Werewolf has you playing within minutes, and our games are great for introducing spouses or significant others to the hobby, opening up the world of gaming to non-gamers.
#21 Rank | 182 Games | Forbidden Island
Gamewright was founded in 1994 by four parents whose kids wanted great games. From the start, our mission has remained clear: Create the highest quality family games with outstanding play-value. Guided by themes and experiences that transcend age and salted with a bit of irreverence, our games are designed to foster laughter, learning, friendship and fun.
Over the years our family has grown to over 150 games, 300 awards, and countless happy players. The thousands of letters we receive from kids, parents, grandparents, and teachers tell us our hearts are in the right place. Thank you for inviting us into your home and for playing with Gamewright!
#22 Rank | 983 Games | Scrabble
Hasbro, Inc. is an American-Canadian multinational conglomerate with toy, board game, and media assets, headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Hasbro owns the trademarks and products of Kenner, Parker Brothers, and Milton Bradley, among others. Hasbro is incorporated in Rhode Island, and as of August 2020 over 80% of its shares were held by large financial institutions.