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37th Internationale Spieltage SPIEL '19  from 24 to 27 October 2019

In October, around 1,200 game publishers from around the globe will be presenting the latest trends and developments from the world of analogue games on - yet again - an even bigger exhibition area at SPIEL '19.

This means the world's biggest fair for board games can already announce another record year several months before the event even begins. The 190,000-plus visitors to the fair can once again expect a true explosion of innovations in 2019.

In addition to the 1,400 new games that will be showcased to a broad audience for the first time at the fair, there will also be a wide range of further exciting innovations:

SPIEL '19 will already be celebrating a premiere on Wednesday, 23 October 2019, with the SPIEL-PREVIEW-NIGHT. Between 6 pm and 1 am, game enthusiasts can try out countless new games to their heart's delight in the Congress Center CC South of the Messe Essen trade fair venue one day before the fair officially begins. Game explainers from the game publishers will be in place at many tables, and the programme will be rounded off by a big open-space gaming area with a games libary. The trade fair restaurant will be serving food and drinks for the refreshment of attendees.

The new EDUCATORS' DAY on Friday, 25 October 2019 during SPIEL '19 is designed to appeal to educators, teachers and other interested persons.
Throughout the day, the Saal Berlin will stage panels and presentations free of charge featuring respected experts and scientists from around the world, providing valuable information to fair visitors and giving them a chance to join in the discussion on:
Educators with board game experience
The "Spielen macht Schule" ("Games Go to School") initiative is certain to be of interest to schools who would like to apply for one of 200 games rooms with educationally validated toys and games.

On this day, educators will also enjoy access to the New Releases Showcase of SPIEL '19, where they can gain an overview of the new board games.
You can find more detailed information on the website of the organiser at

Alongside the current Entrance West and Entrance South, the recently refurbished Entrance East with 3,000 additional wardrobe spaces and a large number of ticket sales points will also be open for the first time. This entrance will be the main entrance for visitors buying their tickets on-site.

There will also be individual ticket sales points at the Entrance South.

There will no longer be any sales points at the Entrance West, and only visitors with tickets purchased in advance will be admitted there. Advance ticket holders can also gain access at all other entrances, however.

Tickets for SPIEL '19 and the SPIEL-PREVIEW-NIGHT will be available from the beginning of August via the website of the organiser at Prices are as follows:

One-Day Ticket for SPIEL
- Adults 15,-- EUR
- Children (4 to 12 years) 8,-- EUR
- Schoolchildren, students, disabled persons 12,-- EUR
- Families: max. 5 people (max. 2 adults, children no older than 12 or with school student ID) 36,-- EUR

Four-Day Ticket for SPIEL
- Adults 37,-- EUR
- Children (4 to 12 years) 21,-- EUR
- Schoolchildren, students, disabled persons 28,-- EUR


We will send you your accreditation documents in August with the next press release, when we will also keep you updated on the many highlights and the rest of the fair programme. What we would like to do today, however, is to provide you with information on the relevant schedule for representatives of the media in order to facilitate your planning:
We look forward to seeing you at the fair!

Friedhelm Merz Verlag (organiser of SPIEL '19)

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