Codenames crowned ‘Game of the Year 2016’ by Board Game Club

Esdevium Games’ Codenames has been crowned ‘Game of the Year 2016’ by Board Game Club at a special Christmas event in London’s West End.

The winner was decided from Board Game Club guest feedback cards which are issued at every event for attendees to list their favourite game of the night.

“We’re honoured and delighted to pick up this award for Codenames. The game has had a phenomenal year, in which it has won the coveted Spiel des Jahres board gaming award and achieved widespread recognition for its simple yet challenging gameplay," commented Esdevium’s Ben Hogg, who was on hand to collect the trophy.

Board Game Club’s co-founder Lesley Singleton believes a great deal of the games’ success it’s down to it’s accessibility commenting, "It’s an incredibly accessible game – by which, I mean it seems to suit almost everybody. The instructions are clear and to the point, it’s a simple concept to grasp so it’s a real open-and-play-straight-away experience. We send the biggest congratulations to both Esdevium and Czech Games!”

The Christmas Event attracted just over 80 people from both inside and outside the toys and games industry. 

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