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SPIEL and Covid-19 

Between 6.10.2022 and 9.10.2022, SPIEL 2022 will take place as a face-to-face event. The trade show will occur in Essen, Germany, at the Messe Essen. The hosting venue will be equipped with the most up-to-date Covid-19 prevention measures, such as a 3G entry policy. Before entering, participants will be required to show documents such as negative test results. At all times, they must maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres. Participants must present a 3G entry document when entering German territory due to the implemented travel restrictions. Depending on their departure country, they may also be required to quarantine for a period of time.

A Brief Overview of SPIEL

International Games Event SPIEL, SPIEL for short, brings together the entire community of board game players and creators under one roof in Essen, Germany. The international trade fair presents the latest trends in gaming across all age-group and play-style categories. SPIEL attracts publishers like Board Game Circus, Brain Games Publishing, Game Factory Spiele and Lavka Games which are looking to debut new titles to much funfair.

Essen, Germany is going to bustle with enthusiastic gamers and professionals, so plan where you will stay with care. GETA ltd takes the lead when it comes to your hotel booking online for SPIEL and curates a list with exclusive deals within your price range. Price is important and we work with hotels and guesthouses at every price point. Convenience is also crucial so we select venues that are near the exhibition grounds and promise a quick commute.

Why Your Visit Is Worth It

SPIEL connects you to your core audience like no other international trade fair. The event opens its doors to gamers at all levels as well as retailers and distributors, which makes it an ideal ground for soliciting sales leads and generating buzz for your new titles. The numbers are quite compelling to help you decide to attend:

  • 1200+ international exhibitors;
  • 209,000+ international visitors;
  • 53 nationalities represented;
  • 86,000+ sq. m. of exhibition space;

Industry Relevance

SPIEL owes its longevity to its long-standing track record as an inclusive and fun event with doors open to everyone, and a marketing savviness rooted in strong partnerships with media outlets in Germany and abroad. The international game fair has been in operation since 1983, when it only attracted 5000 visitors and has quickly morphed into a major procurement platform. It’s a trend setter that arrives every October in Essen, Germany. The product portfolio is truly impressive and it captures the wealth of the field. Visitors gain access to interactive games, movement games, adult games, games of skill, toys and t-shirts, action figures and figurines, board games, card games, comic books, action books, original comic artwork, post games and even computer games.

Who Are You Going to Meet?

SPIEL is open to everybody so it’s not surprising to discover the majority of the fair’s audience is end consumers – usually passionate players, professional tournament gamers and families with children. You are there to meet with everyone and gain live feedback on your new launches. SPIEL is also attractive to journalists, game reviewers and retailers who want to improve their stock back home. It’s the perfect balance of professional and general public. Fringe areas and events also draw in comic book creators, illustrators, game designers and educators. One of the most interesting programming items is EDUCATOR’S DAY – a whole day committed to the ways that board games can be used with teaching and education.

Past Editions

2021 Edition

The SPIEL event in 2021 was a hybrid event. The trade show featured a face-to-face exhibit as well as a complimentary digital platform. Around 600 exhibitors showcased over 1000 new products at this year's edition. Social distancing regulations were part of the strict Covid-19 prevention measures implemented at Messe Essen.

Past editions

SPIEL 2021

14.10.2021 - 17.10.2021





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How to get to SPIEL

On Foot

On Foot

from HBF 35 min walking distance (2.6km)

from Essen/Mülheim Airport - 1h10 min walk (5.3km)


By Car

from HBF - 6 min ride (2.8km)

from Essen/Mülheim Airport - 8-10 min drive (6.5km)


By Public Transport

From HBF it is only 6 min ride with U11

from Essen/Mülheim Airport - there is no direct transportation

(alternatively you can walk ~30 min to Essen Abzweig Flughafen Stop and take Bus 142 for 9 stops, which will take you ~45 min total)

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