The Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) was founded in 1978 with the stated purpose of rewarding excellence in board and card game design and promoting top-quality games in the German market.
It is said that the award is one of the major drivers of the quality of games from Germany. A Spiel des Jahres winner can usually expect to sell 300,000 to 500,000 copies.
The award is given by a jury of German-speaking board game critics (from Germany, Austria, Switzerland), who review games released in Germany in the preceding twelve months
The criteria on which a game is evaluated include game concept (originality, playability, game value); rule structure (composition, clearness, comprehensibility); layout (box, board, rules) and design (functionality, workmanship).
Qwirkle has been sold in the UK by The Green Board Game Company for the last four years. Players have to match colours and shapes, but tactical moves and well-planned strategy is also needed.
To celebrate Qwirkle’s award, The Green Board Game Company is offering a free copy for every 23 games purchased in July and August.