SPIEL takes place in Essen, Germany on an annual basis and editions typically are organised for the second part of October. The international game fair leads the market as a place for publishers to connect with their ideal customer and meet with retailers. SPIEL has been at the forefront of all new board game trends and is a popular event for product launches. SPIEL has certainly evolved over the decades since its first edition, where only 5000 visitors came to see exhibition stands, whereas now there are so many additional events like EDUCATOR’S DAY and Artist Alley.
- SPIEL, it can’t be overstated, is a massive moment for the board game industry – it sees a total of 209,000 international visitors who come and enjoy the offerings of 1200 exhibitors, who represent the entire value chain from strategic games to family games and toys;
- Pegasus Spiele, Renegade Game Studios, Mont Tàber Edicions, MEBO Games and Para Bellum Wargames are just a fraction of the publishers that regularly make it to SPIEL;
- There’s so much programming happening at SPIEL – tournaments and competitions, the best of what comic books can offer at Comic Action and, of course, the German Game Award for the best children's, family and adult games.
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