NEW for Spielwarenmesse 2022: The Internationale Spieleerfindermesse – Game Inventors Convention comes to Nuremburg

In recognition of the thriving global board games scene, Spielwarenmesse is introducing a new element for 2022, by bringing the successful “Internationale Spieleerfindermesse” from Haar to Nuremberg.

The Game Inventors’ Fair was developed by Tom Werneck, founder and chair of the Bavarian Games Archive, whose colleague Christian Fürst-Brunner has also been closely involved in shaping the event in recent years. In the future it will take place on the Friday of the Spielwarenmesse as the “Internationale Spieleerfindermesse – Game Inventors Convention”. The typical character of the event will be preserved, with games authors presenting their prototypes to experienced publishers in an exclusive atmosphere.

“By moving the Internationale Spieleerfindermesse – Game Inventors Convention to the Spielwarenmesse, we are strengthening its international dimension,” says Christian Ulrich, Spokesman of the Executive Board at Spielwarenmesse eG. “The move will make a significant contribution to ensuring that interesting ideas from international authors and inventors have access to the market.”

While France, Italy, Poland, Spain and the Czech Republic have particularly productive groups of authors, they often have few marketing opportunities in their own countries. Spielwarenmesse, however, brings all the decision makers together under one roof, and at the same time, games enthusiasts and clubs also gather for various events in the “Toy City” of Nuremberg.

The “Internationale Spieleerfindermesse – Game Inventors Convention” will be setting the direction for the latest product launches at the Spielwarenmesse on 4 February. From 9am–6pm in the separate Brussels Hall, games developers will have the opportunity to present their prototypes, at individual tables, to a target group of publishers.

“We are taking the Internationale Spieleerfindermesse to the next level and are delighted to be providing all games authors with a completely new means of access to worldwide contacts in Nuremberg. This important step is a win-win for everyone involved,” commented Bavarian Games Archive founder and chairman Tom Werneck.

The Convention will be followed immediately by a networking party for the games sector, allowing participants to continue their conversations with games critics, publishers and trade journalists in a relaxed atmosphere, and to make new contacts. Registration for the one-day event is open now via the Spielwarenmesse website.

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