Battletech's existence has been as rough and difficult as the 31st century in which the game is set. No less then five companies have controlled the game's fate at some point. Despite company closings, law suits, and license sales, Battletech continues to persevere. Regardless if its the game's politically charged universe, the slow, detailed, tactically game play, or the fact the game features giant robots with big guns, the fans of Battletech are fiercely loyal to the brand. The ownership of the game may change hands in the future, but its impossible to see Battletech dying out anytime in the foreseeable future.
Founded by several Battletech authors, Catalyst Game Labs is a relatively new company dedicated to preserving the legacy of old FASA games like Battletech and Shadowrun. While they don't own the licenses themselves, they have been expanding on both games considerably. Up until this point, CGL has just been producing the books related to the games and Iron Wind Metals has been responsible for producing figures. In 2010, this will change a little as CGL will be producing a handful of plastic Battletech Figures. In late 2008, when Topps closed Wizkids, CGL made a bid to purchase the Battletech and Shadowrun licenses, but ultimately, Topps withdrew those licenses from the deal. Since then, several stand alone games by Catalyst Game Labs has been released. In addition, their first original miniatures game, called Leviathans, will see a full release in early 2010.