About Us

We are a brand-new development studio for board and card games from Germany with a long, exciting history.

Where We Come From

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In 1989, Harald Bilz and Peter Gutbrod founded a game publishing company named Heidelberger Spieleverlag to turn their own game ideas a reality. The young company had its first success in 1992 with the game Neolithibum, which reached the Deutscher Spielepreis’ Top 10. In 1994, the company started offering wholesale and distribution services to help smaller publishers. At that time, the company mostly published small family games and card games with historical themes.

In 2001, Heidelberger Spieleverlag started working with international publishers to localize games for the German market. Alongside their world-renowned partner, Fantasy Flight Games, the company had the opportunity to collaborate with many partners including Ares Games, Czech Games Editions, and alea Spiele. Over the years, more than 40 international publishers became exclusively distributed by Heidelberger Spieleverlag. This made the company one of Europe’s most relevant publishers for hobby, strategy, fantasy and sci-fi games.

Heidelberger Spieleverlag kept publishing its own titles, focusing on non-standard components, unique designs, and innovative game mechanics. Among these games, many are now considered tried-and-true classics in the German game market, like A la carte (Spiel des Jahres 2009 Nominee) and Blood Bound (Spiel des Jahres 2014 Jury Recommendation), which both gained worldwide recognition.

Who We Are Now
Heidelberger Spieleverlag was acquired by the Asmodee Group in 2017 and merged with Asmodee Germany. Asmodee’s national distribution units usually do not take care of game development. Instead, this is handled by a variety of international independent game studios. As a result, HeidelBÄR Games was founded at the end of 2017 to bring the experience, passion, and creativity of Heidelberger Spieleverlag’s team onto the international stage. “The Bear” has now the honor of joining the ranks of other fabulous Asmodee game studios, like Fantasy Flight Games, Z-Man Games, Days of Wonder, Space Cowboys, Pearl Games, and Plaid Hat Games. Hello, Gaming World!

As a young studio, we appreciate your trust, support, and help in spreading the word out. The Bear would very much like to thank you for that!

Great Games for Bears

As a development studio, we would like to create new bridges to bring everybody together at the same table, whether they are casual gamers, hardcore gamers or family gamers. This means we are always looking for accessible games that offer a lot of replayability over time, but also games that are a bit interesting and/or unique. If we fall in love with a game outside this scope, we are still determined to publish it. In the end, we just want to make really cool games for everyone—bears and non-bears!

Our Team

Heiko
Studio Manager

Favorite Games: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game, Battlestar Galactica, Coup, Dungeon Fighter
Not Enough People Know This Game: Dead Man’s Draw
I Like Diving into the World Of: Dark Sci-Fi, Civilization

Sabine
Project Manager

Favorite Games: San Juan, Dominion, Once Upon a Time…
Not Enough People Know This Game: Roar-a-Saurus
I Like Diving into the World Of: Fantasy novels, movies and series

Annika
Graphic Designer

Favorite Games: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game, Abalone, Dominion
Not Enough People Know This Game: Bizzarie
I Like Diving into the World Of: Superhero comics, Star Wars, Role-Playing Game theory

MARINA
Graphic Designer

Favorite Games: Pig-a-Pig, Last Will
Not Enough People Know This Game: Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective
I Like Diving into the World Of: Fantasy, movies and series, Stand-Up Comedy

Roland
Game Developer

Favorite Games: San Juan, Risk Legacy, Backgammon, Crokinole, Blokus Trigon, Ra
Not Enough People Know This Game: Volt 2nd Edition (… but soon they will!)
I Like Diving into the World Of: Civilization, Comics