Essen Spiel 2020 Canceled

May 18, 2020 - 1:41pm

This year's International Spieltage SPIEL in Essen, Germany has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next Essen Game Fair will be in 2021, October 14th through 17th. The event organizers announced the postponement on the SPIEL website, stating: 

"The health of our exhibitors, visitors, guests and employees is very important to us.

We have been observing the very dynamic national and international development regarding Covid-19 very closely over the last weeks and months and have explored all possibilities for the implementation of SPIEL ’20, also in coordination with the authorities. Unfortunately, this has led to the conclusion that due to force majeure, we will not be able to run SPIEL ’20 on the intended date, either factually or technically. After a long time of consideration we have come to the painful conclusion that SPIEL will have to be postponed by one year."

In 2019, SPIEL featured 1,500 new boardgame releases and hosted over 200,000 visitors over four days.