President of Stronghold Games Stephen Buonocore Retires

Many congratulations our pal, Stephen Buonocore, on his happy retirement this August!

Since founding Stronghold Games in 2009, Stephen has been a big personality in the gaming community having created Indie Game Studios and cohosted Board Games Insider, a popular hobby game podcast.

Stephen Buonocore will be stepping down from his role as President of Stronghold Games, effective on August 1, 2020.  Buonocore, 59, founded Stronghold Games in 2009 and served as its President for most of that time. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund which helps members of the gaming community.

After over ten years with Stronghold Games and the merged company of Indie Game Studios, I have seen incredible growth and change in this fantastic industry”, said Stephen Buonocore. “Even through the adversity that has been this year, our small industry remains strong. Let us all focus, both from within the industry as well as through the grassroots of gamers, on the growth of an inclusive, diverse community. This must be the future of gaming for us all. It is now time for me to hand the reins of the Stronghold Games brand to a new generation of amazing people within Indie Game Studios.  I look forward to playing the games that are made by these great people as they manage the brands of Stronghold Games and Indie Boards & Cards. Please make no mistake, my retirement has been in the making for years, as I worked through a smooth transition with the CEO of Indie Game Studios, and my good friend, Travis Worthington.  Under his guidance, the company will continue to achieve great things in the future.

I leave to focus on family, friends, interests, and the enjoyment of life.  I will continue to produce the Board Games Insider podcast, where I share my knowledge, views, and love of the hobby game industry.  I plan to be involved in additional game media outlets as well in the future. I cherish the wonderful relationships that I have forged through Stronghold Games, both with industry people and fans of the company.  Rest assured that you all will most definitely see me at many future game conventions and shows. I greatly look forward to that for years to come.

According to the press release, Indie Game Studios CEO Travis Worthington will continue to direct the merged company while Sydney Engelstein will become Director of Game Development for Stronghold Games.