Oct 22, 2020 - Oct 25, 2020 
Important: SPIEL 2020 will take place digitally!
Messe Essen, Essen, Germany
Norbertstrasse 2

SPIEL is the world's largest trade fair for board and card games featuring over 1,500 new releases. Every year, the gaming exhibition attracts game fans, buyers and licensees from all over the world to the Essen Expo Centre. During the four fair days, attendees inform themselves on all the latest products, gain inspiration and participate in various special events.

The increasing interest of young adults in the forms of analogue entertainment is among the main reasons why the industry is currently experiencing steady growth. Besides, SPIEL hosts an EDUCATORS' DAY which introduces educators, teachers and interested persons to the potential of board games in schools and adult education. Several panel discussions address current industry hot topics such as the situation with Iranian board game publishers and the ecological footprint of board games last year. Once again, the innoSPIEL award 2020 will offer important consumer orientation by honouring a new game for its innovative concept.

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event information


SPIEL 2020 will be staged on 22 - 25 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's new in this event edition

What is new for SPIEL 2020

The recently debuted InnoSPIEL award will continue to recognise innovative game concepts well into SPIEL Essen 2020. 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
Sectors: Hobby / Games

important facts

  • 1100+ exhibitors from 50+ nations
  • 80,000+ sq m of exhibition area
  • 1400+ new products
  • 180,000+ visitors from around the world

next editions

SPIEL 2021

Oct 14, 2021 - Oct 17, 2021book now for 2021

SPIEL 2022

Dates are not known yet
trade fair location
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Messe Essen

Norbertstrasse 2, Essen, Germany
Coordinates: 51.42732, 6.99417

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