Spiel, also known as Essen to many board gamers due to it’s location in Essen, Germany has been cancelled for 2020. It was scheduled to take place on October 22-25. They have decided to postpone it till the following year essentially canceling it for the current year. This has always been of the largest releases for new board games, so we will have to wait and see what the affect this will have on the release schedule for games.
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.
However, we are already looking ahead to SPIEL ’21 and can’t wait to welcome you next year again.
They did also announce the nominees for the 2020 Spiel awards.
Spiel des Jahres
My City – Reiner Knizia
Nova Luna – Uwe Rosenberg and Corné van Moorsel
Pictures – Daniela and Christian Stöhr
Kennerspiel des Jahres
Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale – Jordy Adan
The Crew – Thomas Sing
The King’s Dilemma – Hjalmar Hach and Lorenzo Silva
Kinderspiel des Jahres
Foto Fish – Michael Kallauch
Hedgehog Roll – Urtis Šulinskas
Wir sind die Roboter – Reinhard Staupe and Nürnberger-Spielkarten-Verlag
We are sad about the cancellation of this year’s SPIEL but look forward to see which of these games will win this years awards. Stay tuned to Gaming Trend for all your tabletop news.