Bananagrams, Inc. Announces North American Distribution Deal with Hit UK Independent Games Company Big Potato

Bananagrams, Inc., the family-owned Rhode Island-based company behind a range of innovative tile and word games, including the international phenomenon BANANAGRAMS®, today announced it will partner with UK-based independent games company Big Potato to bring several new party games to the US. Bucket of Doom®, Obama Llama®, Mr Lister’s Quiz Shootout®, and Scrawl® will be available at Target and this August.  Bananagrams currently distributes Big Potato’s popular trivia game LINKEE® throughout the US and Canada.

“We are thrilled to further cultivate our relationship with Big Potato,” said Rena Nathanson, CEO, Bananagrams, Inc. “2016 marks the 10th anniversary of BANANAGRAMS, the game that started it all for us, and we’re continuously evolving and looking for ways to grow our portfolio both internally and with creative partners that share our vision.  Fun and fresh, Big Potato’s creative take on party games offers the perfect compliment to our world-renowned word and tile games.”  

“Bananas and potatoes are not most people’s go-to food combination, but when it comes to game companies, it’s a match made in heaven,” said Dean Tempest, Joint Founder of Big Potato. “Working with Bananagrams has been like hanging out with our hero — who thankfully haven’t issued us with a restraining order, but taken us under their wing and shown us around America like a great guide, introducing us to the best people and showing us the important places to be.”

The new games will be available at Target this August, as well as featured this summer by Bananagrams, Inc. and Big Potato at the country’s premier game convention, Gen Con, in Indianapolis August 4-7.

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