Blue Orange Games is a board game company based in San Francisco, California. The company was founded in 2000 by Julien Mayot and Thierry Denoual who are both originally from France.
Denoual invented the first game, Gobblet, at the turn of the millennium and produced a small quantity for local game stores in San Francisco. A San Francisco Chronicle review prompted the game to sell out locally and led to Julien Mayot partnering with Denoual to sell the game nationally. Mayot took a three month road trip across the country, covering 22,000 miles and visiting 500 stores with a jeep packed with 1,000 Gobblet games. The trip and the subsequent 10,000 games sold marked the official start of the business.
The name Blue Orange Games comes from Paul Eluard poem, "The Earth is Blue Like an Orange." The company is known for its tree planting campaign and commitment to environmental responsibility. The games are typically made out of wood, tin, resin, and recycled and recyclable materials. Blue Orange Games released its best-selling game, Spot It!, in 2010, and it has since maintained its position in the top 100 in the toys & games category on Amazon.com. Spot it! is now available in many different editions and has a Major League Baseball license and a National Hockey League license.
The company has won notable industry awards in recognition for the management of their business. In 2011, Toy Collection and Learning Express presented Blue Orange Games with their Vendor Award and The American Specialty Retailer Association named Blue Orange Games Vendor of the Year in June 2012. A large part of their success has been attributed to their personal style of doing business and retailer relationships.
Behind the company's philosophy is the belief in the social and developmental benefits of playing offline games while spending less time engaged with electronic devices.