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Othello® - A Minute to Learn, A Lifetime to Master®


James R. Becker, together with his company Anjar Co., was instrumental in introducing OTHELLO to the U.S. and worldwide market outside of Japan; organizing the WOC; and successfully licensing, marketing, promoting, advertising, merchandising and popularizing OTHELLO around the world outside of Japan. One of the most popular games of all time, Othello is rich in strategy, but still approachable by the casual player. Othello was first introduced in Japan in 1973, by Tsukuda Original Co. In 1975, the international licensing company Becker founded, Anjar Co., licensed Othello to Gabriel Industries for the U.S. market and, subsequently, Anjar licensed Othello around the world outside of Japan. Becker also encouraged Othello licensees to use the tagline, “A Minute to Learn... A Lifetime to Master.” Today, Othello Associations exist in over 30 different countries. Othello game sales are estimated to have been approximately 40 million classic games have been sold in over 100 different countries, making Othello the most successfully licensed strategy game in the world. In 1977, Jim organized the first World Othello Championship™ (WOC), bringing together the world’s top Othello players. At his suggestion, every 10 years, most recently in 2011 for the 35th World Othello Championship, the tournament is held in the U.S.


Othello was recognized by Playthings Magazine, the principle Toy Industry publication, as one of the ‘Classic Toys and Games of the 20th Century’ still in production. Other prestigious awards that Othello has won include the Parents’ Choice Classic Toy Award and Games Magazine’s Hall of Fame. In 2005, in recognition of Jim’s lifetime achievements, Becker was the recipient of the prestigious International Designers & Inventors of Toys Award.

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