Topps closes WizKids; HeroClix to continue?
According to industry web site ICV2.com, Topps has announced it is shutting down the WizKids division of the company. WizKids was the company that premiered HeroClix, Mage Knight and Pirates of the Spanish Main. It was acquired by Topps in 2003; Topps itself was acquired in 2007 by Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company and Dearborn Partners, ICV2 reports.
Topps said in the statement it was pursuing “strategic alternatives so that viable brands and properties, including HeroClix, can continue without any noticeable disruption.”
This is rough news for fans of the WizKids games, and even moreso, obviously, for the people who worked there. Will HeroClix continue, and will it do so as a game focused on the hobby gaming market? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
– Matt Price
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