Elan Lee

Exploding Kittens Acquires First External Game Happy Salmon From North Star Games

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 5:01pm

Exploding Kittens , the hit tabletop game creator, today announced its acquisition of popular, fast-paced card game, Happy Salmon, from North Star Games.

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  • Exploding Kittens , the hit tabletop game creator, today announced its acquisition of popular, fast-paced card game, Happy Salmon, from North Star Games.
  • Designed by Quentin Weir and game developer Ken Gruhl, who has since joined the Exploding Kittens team as Senior Game Designer, the company is reimagining Happy Salmon with an Exploding-Kittens twist and re-releasing the game this November.
  • We want to develop new games and brands, whether thats through our internal team, working with external designers, or by acquiring IP and talent like we did with Happy Salmon.
  • I had no idea Exploding Kittens was so open and eager to receive new games and ideas from external developers like myself, said Spence, Game Designer and Founder of Bold Mango Games.

Exploding Kittens Launches New Game, Exploding Minions

Monday, June 21, 2021 - 5:05pm

Exploding Kittens , the hit tabletop game creator, today announced the launch of its first licensed game, Exploding Minions, in collaboration with Illumination and Universal Brand Development.

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  • Exploding Kittens , the hit tabletop game creator, today announced the launch of its first licensed game, Exploding Minions, in collaboration with Illumination and Universal Brand Development.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210621005116/en/
    Exploding Minions by the team behind Exploding Kittens (Photo: Business Wire)
    Were excited to combine one of the biggest card games with Illuminations global pop-culture phenomenon, the Minions, to create a new family game night essential, said Elan Lee, Co-Creator and CEO of Exploding Kittens.
  • Exploding Minions marries these two universes to create a simple yet strategic game for all to enjoy.
  • Exploding Minions is available at Target retail stores, Target.com , and ExplodingKittens.com for $19.99 with availability at Walmart later this summer.

Exploding Kittens Launches First Two-Player, Strategic Board Game, Tacocat Spelled Backwards

Monday, March 1, 2021 - 4:01pm

Hit tabletop game creator, Exploding Kittens , today announced its first two-player board game, Tacocat Spelled Backwards , a palindrome-themed duel of wits and tactics that incorporates a fun balance of strategy, luck, and instinct.

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  • Hit tabletop game creator, Exploding Kittens , today announced its first two-player board game, Tacocat Spelled Backwards , a palindrome-themed duel of wits and tactics that incorporates a fun balance of strategy, luck, and instinct.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210301005036/en/
    Tacocat Spelled Backwards by Exploding Kittens (Photo: Business Wire)
    Since we created the original Exploding Kittens game six years ago, Tacocat quickly became one of the most beloved characters.
  • As we look to expand our IP in new ways, the inspiration for Tacocat Spelled Backwards was born, said Elan Lee, Co-Creator and CEO of Exploding Kittens.
  • After initially seeking to raise $10K through Kickstarter, the Exploding Kittens campaign raised $8.7M in 30 days from 219,000 backers.

Exploding Kittens Launches New Fast-Action, Two-Player Game, “A Game of Cat & Mouth”

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 5:01pm

Exploding Kittens , the hit tabletop game creator, today announced its latest product, A Game of Cat & Mouth , a fiercely competitive, magnet-powered, pinballish game.

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  • Exploding Kittens , the hit tabletop game creator, today announced its latest product, A Game of Cat & Mouth , a fiercely competitive, magnet-powered, pinballish game.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201001005294/en/
    Exploding Kittens, the hit tabletop game creator, today announced its latest product, A Game of Cat & Mouth, a fiercely competitive, magnet-powered, pinballish game.
  • Exploding Kittens fans will notice that A Game of Cat & Mouth features one of our most popular feline characters from the original game, Rainbow Ralphing Cat, said Matthew Inman, Co-Creator of Exploding Kittens and Creator of The Oatmeal.
  • While A Game of Cat & Mouth is a two-player game, friends and families can play in a tournament through Exploding Kittens online bracket .

Exploding Kittens Launches First Word-Guessing Game - Poetry for Neanderthals

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 2:00pm

Exploding Kittens , the hit tabletop game creator, today announced the release of its latest card game, Poetry for Neanderthals, a word-guessing party game, where teams earn points by correctly figuring out words and phrases.

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  • Exploding Kittens , the hit tabletop game creator, today announced the release of its latest card game, Poetry for Neanderthals, a word-guessing party game, where teams earn points by correctly figuring out words and phrases.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200622005123/en/
    Poetry for Neanderthals game launches from makers of Exploding Kittens (Photo: Business Wire)
    Poetry for Neanderthals was born when two friends introduced me to a word game they invented, where each player had to describe a life experience using only single syllable words," said Elan Lee, Co-Creator of Exploding Kittens.
  • Poetry for Neanderthals gives both Poets and Neanderthals a chance to challenge themselves to think outside the box and tap into their own creativity.
  • Started by former Xbox game designer Elan Lee and The Oatmeals founder Matt Inman, Exploding Kittens and its family of games recreates game night for a humorous and fun person-to-person experience.

Exploding Kittens and The Oatmeal Announce Burning Cat, First Annual Convention Celebrating Tabletop Games

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 4:00pm
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  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200123005177/en/
    Exploding Kittens and The Oatmeal Announce Burning Cat, First Annual Convention Celebrating Tabletop Games (Graphic: Business Wire)
    Burning Cat is the party weve always wanted to throw, said Elan Lee, Co-Founder of Exploding Kittens.
  • Its a gathering place to discover the best new games and the best people to play them with.
  • Exploding Kittens and other game creators will debut new games, invite people to play life-size versions of current ones, and hold tournaments for nonsensical prizes.
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