|Seat||Ravensburg , Germany|
( Chairman of the Board of Management )
( Board of Management )
( Chairman of the Supervisory Board )
|Number of employees||2153 (2018),
62 trainees (2018)
|sales||491.5 million euros (2018)|
The Ravensburger AG is a corporate group with headquarter in Ravensburg , the internationally mainly by the production of board games and puzzles is known. A blue triangle with the words "Ravensburger" serves as the company logo .
The following subsidiaries belong to Ravensburger AG :
- Ravensburger Verlag GmbH
- Ravensburger Freizeit- und Promotion GmbH
- Ravensburger Spieleland AG (was integrated into Ravensburger Freizeit- und Promotion GmbH in 2012)
The formerly independent subsidiary Ravensburger Digital GmbH was merged with Ravensburger AG on January 1, 2017.
Born in Ravensburg in 1852 as the son of the bookseller and publisher Carl Maier, Otto Maier took over his parents' shares in the Dorn'sche publishing house in Ravensburg in 1876. The founding of his own publishing house is dated in retrospect to the year 1883. In this year, the young publisher signed the first author's contract, which is still in existence today, and from then on numbered the games he published with his abbreviation as OM 1 etc. (O [tto] M [aier], game no. 1ff). As early as 1884, the first parlor game, The Journey Around the World , and the first youth stories by Pastor Christoph von Schmid appeared .
While Otto Maier concentrated in the first few years on template folders for craftsmen, educational and family games, guides and children's stories, picture books, books and notebooks for children's activities, technical art instructions and handicraft literature were added around 1900. In the years before the First World War, Otto Maier Verlag already had around 800 different games and books in its range. The name Ravensburger Spiele was patented by the Imperial Patent Office in 1900. The well-known logo of the blue triangle was only registered as a trademark in 1974. In 1912 numerous products were exported to Western Europe and Russia.
From the 1930s to the 1950s Otto-Maier-Verlag was mainly a book publisher - employment materials, board games, quartets and puzzles supplemented the program. The publishing house survived the Second World War without damage and continued to work in the years of reconstruction. As a result, the range of books for children and young people and specialist books on art, architecture and hobbies grew. In 1959 the game memory appeared , which has been sold over 50,000,000 times to date.
From around 1962, Ravensburger grew strongly under the leadership of Otto Julius Maier and developed into a large media company, and since 1964 subsidiaries have been established in the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Great Britain and the USA. The publisher has been producing interlocking puzzles since 1964 , of which around 10 million are sold annually today. In 1977 Ravensburger was divided into a games publisher and a book publisher. 1996 FX Schmid was taken over.
Today Ravensburger and its subsidiaries have around 1,800 book titles and 850 games as well as puzzles, hobby products and CD-ROM titles that can be delivered. Every year around 40 new games, 120 new puzzles and 450 new books for children and young people appear on the market. Ravensburger products are exported to more than fifty countries today.
Until 2005, Ravensburger was the main shareholder of RTV Family Entertainment AG with a stake of around 90% , with RTV standing for Ravensburger Film + TV . This share was taken over in 2005 by the Austrian Film & Medien Beteiligungs GmbH, Vienna (F&M). F&M holds approx. 80% of the shares, the rest is in free float.
Headquarters of Otto Maier Verlag in Marktstrasse in Ravensburg (today the Ravensburger Museum )
The Ravensburger Foundation aims to strengthen the cultural and social environment of children and families. The target groups of the foundation - children and families - thus correspond to the target groups of Ravensburger products. Since 2011, the foundation has awarded two prizes each year, each worth 12,000 euros: The book prize of the Ravensburger Verlag Foundation is a literary prize for narrative prose in German that paints a contemporary picture of the family. The so-called lighthouse prize is awarded to projects, institutions and individuals who are exemplary in the field of education and upbringing for children and young people.
- Alea games
- FX Schmid
- Ravensburger Spieleland
- ThinkFun (since 2017)
- tiptoi , tiptoi® create
- Wonder Forge
- The Time of the Moon (1999), Between Yesterday and Tomorrow (2000), A Corner of Paradise (2001), The Star Seekers (2002), The Tiger's Dream (2003) and Mina (2011) by David Almond
- Master book of writing by Jan Tschichold , 1952
- Art of Color by Johannes Itten , 1961
- The adventures of the »black hand« by Hans Jürgen Press , 1965
- Picture books by Dick Bruna , Ali Mitgutsch and others
- Cardboard picture books by Helmut Spanner
- Novels by Gudrun Pausewang , Morton Rhue and others
- Thrillers by Wolfgang Ecke
- Book series The great Ravensburger book ...
- How so? Why? Why? (Book series)
- Tiptoi book series
- The Knickerbocker gang , the treasure hunter triplets , Psst, our secret! and Seven Paws for Penny by Thomas Brezina
- The book series A Case for Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz
- Book series The Time Detectives by Fabian Lenk
- Children's book series Tales from Nature by W. Schneebeli , 1930s
- New World series of youth books . The Escape by Patrick Ness, 2008
Published by "Ravensburger Verlag" (incomplete):
- Asara (2010)
- Asterix and the Romans
- The Stock Market Game (1983)
- bon voyage
- Colorful - Quiz Royal (1985)
- Germany trip , Europe trip , world trip
- Maloney's Legacy (1988)
- Catch the hat (since 1927)
- Go + Gobang
- Well divided is half won
- Emperor King Nobleman
- King Arthur
- Krazy Wordz
- Kugelbahn Gravitrax
- The Labyrinth of Masters (1 million copies sold)
- The labyrinth of the rings
- Lotti Karotti (over 5 million copies sold)
- Make 'n' Break
- Maleficent (since 1960)
- The Mole Company
- Memory (since 1959)
- Mini steps
- The hippopotamus on the roller coaster (over 1 million copies sold)
- Phase 10
- Splash-Splash Penguin (over 2 million copies sold)
- Reversi (since 1893)
- Sagaland (since 1981)
- Beat the Raab - The Game
- The Inca Treasure (1987)
- Scotland Yard (since 1983)
- Shogun (since 1979)
- Tempo, little snail (1.2 million copies sold)
- Over board
- The Crazy Labyrinth (6 million copies sold)
- Wild Life (since 1975)
- Word stealer
- Woofy come home
"Alea Verlag" published as large box games:
- 01 Ra
- 02 Chinatown
- 03 Taj Mahal
- 04 The princes of Florence
- 05 Nobility obliged
- 06 The dealers from Genoa
- 07 Puerto Rico
- 08 Ice Age
- 09 Fifth Avenue
- 10 To ru (h) m and honor
- 11 Notre Dame
- 12 In the year of the dragon
- 13 Macau
- 14 The castles of Burgundy
- 15 Bora Bora
- 16 Broom Service
Computer games appeared until 2002 under the subsidiary Ravensburger Interactive Media GmbH or its label Fishtank Interactive , before the company decided to discontinue its business activities in this area.
Games awarded the Game of the Year award:
- 1979: Hare and Hedgehog , first prize winner
- 1981: Sagaland
- 1983: Scotland Yard (3.5 million copies sold)
- 1986: Heimlich & Co.
- 1987: On the move
- 1990: Nobility obliged
- 1993: Bluff
- 1999: Tikal
- 2000: Torres
- 2008: who was it?
Games awarded the German Games Prize:
- 1991 The Labyrinth of Masters ( Max J. Kobbert / Ravensburger)
- 1999 Tikal ( W. Kramer / Michael Kiesling / Ravensburger)
- 2000 Taj Mahal ( Reiner Knizia / Alea)
- 2002 Puerto Rico ( Andreas Seyfarth / Alea)
- 2005 Louis XIV ( Rüdiger Dorn / Alea)
In 2016, Ravensburger presented Unforgettable Disney Moments, the largest buyable puzzle in the world at the time. It depicts ten different Disney stories (including Peter Pan and The Jungle Book ) and consists of 40,320 parts with a size of 6.80 × 1.92 meters.
- The grandson or Mister Ravensburger catches the hat. An entrepreneurial story. Otto Julius Maier in conversation with Andrea Reidt . Sagas Edition, Stuttgart 2013, ISBN 978-3-944660-01-1 .
- Peter Eitel : Maier, Otto Robert. In: Maria Magdalena Rückert (Ed.): Württembergische biographies including Hohenzollern personalities. Volume I. On behalf of the Commission for Historical Regional Studies in Baden-Württemberg. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2006, ISBN 3-17-018500-4 , pp. 169f. ( E-text )
- Andreas Pollitz: 1883–1983. One hundred years of Otto Maier Verlag Ravensburg. Partly explored, partly experienced and then portrayed by Andreas Pollitz . Maier, Ravensburg 1983, ISBN 3-473-91941-1
- Otto Rundel and others: Otto-Maier-Verlag Ravensburg 1883–1983. 100 years of publishing work . Maier, Ravensburg 1983 ISBN 3-473-91931-4
- Dorothee Hess-Maier , in: Internationales Biographisches Archiv 01/2004 of December 22, 2003, in the Munzinger Archive ( beginning of article freely available)
- Otto Julius Maier , in: Internationales Biographisches Archiv 08/2009 from February 17, 2009, in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of article freely available)
- Karsten Schmidt , in: Internationales Biographisches Archiv 42/2011 from October 18, 2011, in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of article freely available)
- ↑ a b annual financial statements as of December 31, 2018 , ravensburger.de
- ↑ unknown. (No longer available online.) Formerly in the original ; accessed on May 15, 2017 . ( Page no longer available , search in web archives )
- ↑ Lighthouse Prize. Own presentation on the homepage of the Ravensburger Verlag Foundation, accessed on July 10, 2020.
- ↑ Swedish bites for Ravensburger: Puzzle giant will in future also ride wooden railways , n-tv.de, January 8, 2015, accessed August 2, 2015.
- ^ Ravensburger AG (Ed.): Annual Report 2003 of the Ravensburger AG Group . Ravensburg April 29, 2004 ( ravensburger-gruppe.de [PDF; 1.8 MB ; accessed on August 16, 2019]).
- Official website of Ravensburger
- Ravensburger in the Luding games database
- alea in the Luding games database
- Ravensburger at the European Game Collectors Guild
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