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Klaus Teuber, creator of the popular Catan board game, has died at the age of 70

Klaus Teuber, mastermind of the popular Catan board game, has died at the age of 70, his family and the company behind the game have announced.

Tuber’s family said in a statement on Catan’s website that the game designer died Saturday after a brief and serious illness, according to the Associated Press.

Catan Studios said on Twitter that “hearts go out” to Tuber’s family during this “difficult time.”

“While Klaus’ contribution to the board gaming industry is immeasurable, we will remember him as a kind and selfless man, an inspiring leader and, most importantly, a friend. His legacy will inspire and shape the gaming community for years to come,” Catan Studio said.

It is with deep sadness that we at Catan Studios acknowledge the passing of Klaus Teuber, legendary game designer and creator of the beloved board game CATAN. Our hearts go out to Klaus’ family at this incredibly difficult time. pic.twitter.com/gPPIVtleHJ

— CATAN – The Official (@settlersofcatan) April 4, 2023

Originally known as The Settlers of Catan, the multiplayer board game was released in 1995. It allows players to trade resources and build colonies on a fictional island until a certain point total is reached. Tuber’s creation became a worldwide hit. AP reported that it has sold several million copies and is available in 40 languages, and several spinoffs and digital versions of the game were also created.

Teuber was born in the German town of Rye-Breitenbach and was a dental assistant before designing board games in his basement. He told NPR in 2020 that he had “a lot of frustration” before deciding to change lanes.

“It was like a vacation for me, staying home and developing games and, for me, creating my own world,” he told the outlet.

Obit Tuber

Klaus Teuber, a dental technician from Darmstadt, presents his game “The Settlers of Catan” on September 29, 1995 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Bernd Kammer/AP

Catan Studios urged fans to honor Tuber’s memory by “pursuing your creative passions in silence” and “enjoying a game with your loved ones.”

“Klaus’ impact on the world of gaming will never be forgotten,” the company said.

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Christopher Brito


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