SPIEL 2021

Hobby Games
Oct 14, 2021 - Oct 17, 2021
Messe Essen, Essen, Germany
Norbertstrasse 2
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SPIEL in Essen is an international trade fair dedicated exclusively to card and board games. From 14 to 17 October SPIEL 2021 will turn Messe Essen into the stage of new releases by top board game publishers and emerging designers. All genres and age groups will be represented during the four expo days and participants will have the opportunity to observe the trends in boardgaming, which will come into play next year.

The 2021 SPIEL's full overview of the classic and modern games will be complemented by a programme of live demonstrations, workshops, competitions and tournaments, connecting professionals, gamers and influencing figures within the board game community. The innovation award innoSPIEL will give novel game ideas the recognition they deserve. Comic Action will showcase an impressive selection of national and international comics and merchandising articles. The Educators' Day will explore the potential of board games for educational purposes.

Arranging your stay in Essen during the SPIEL 2021 dates through ExpoBeds is easy. The accommodation options we are able to offer vary in category, price range and location.To secure a reservation at your preferred hotel near SPIEL at Messe Essen, we advise early booking. As a trade show attendee, you will receive special room rates and flexible conditions. Request a free travel quote and our team will send you the most suitable SPIEL 2021 hotel deals for your business trip to Essen.


SPIEL 2021 will be staged on 14 - 17 October. In the 37 years since its first edition, the trade show has gained wider popularity among authors, manufacturers, publishers and games enthusiasts. The next SPIEL will have close to 1200 exhibitors displaying their game suggestions. More than 190,000 gaming professionals and gamers from Germany and abroad will join them to discover what's new and exciting in the world of children's games, fantasy, role-playing, classic, card and board games, computer and video games.

Past editions

What is new for SPIEL 2021

The recently debuted InnoSPIEL award will continue to recognise innovative game concepts well into SPIEL Essen 2021. It met with wide approval during the previous edition.
The latest SPIEL featured some changes. The new hall 6 accommodated comics, miniature games, LARP and fantasy games. There were more structural alterations, which is why the organisers provided a SPIEL guide. It was available online and at the entrances. Inside, participants found information on the hall plans and programme highlights. SPIEL 2020 is under way and some of these changes will probably be kept.

Quick info

Organiser:Friedhelm Merz Verlag GmbH & Co KG
Frequency:every year
Next Edition:SPIEL 2022 
Sectors: Hobby | Games
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Important facts

  • 1100+ exhibitors from 50+ nations
  • 80,000+ sq m of exhibition area
  • 1400+ new products
  • 180,000+ visitors from around the world
Trade fair location
Messe Essen location map

Messe Essen

Norbertstrasse 2, Essen, Germany
Coordinates: 51.42732 , 6.99417

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