Description from its website:
Ascaron Entertainment GmbH is one of the pioneers in the development of computer games. Ascaron is also one of the leading developers of computer games in Germany and has been prominent in the sales charts for over a decade with titles such as: Patrician, ANSTOSS, Vermeer, Port Royale, Tortuga and SACRED.
Ascaron is headquartered in Gütersloh and maintains a development studio in Aachen (Germany) as well as an international department in Birmingham (UK). Currently, Ascaron markets its products in more than 30 countries. In 2004, the overall sales volume including proprietary brand franchises will exceed one million units.
In 2009 Ascaron was dissolved due to its inablility to pay its debts.
The only remaining element of Ascaron is Ascaron UK which is still operating as a distributor for other publishers.