Fairs or gaming conventions are gatherings centered on role-playing games, collectible card games, miniatures wargames, board games, video games, or other types of games. These conventions are typically two – three days long or even more, and are often held at either a university or in a convention center, hotel, or a bigger construction.
The annual Gamescom in Cologne is the world’s leading expo for video games. One of the largest gaming fairs, Spiel, is a trade fair held in Essen, Germany that focuses on German-style board games and RPGs. A similarly large event is Festival Ludique International de Parthenay (FLIP), a games festival held over twelve days in France.
While games are often a large part of science fiction fairs and other hobby conventions, gaming conventions are distinguished by focusing on games and game-industry guests. The Penny Arcade Expo is the largest gaming convention in the US, with over 70,000 attendees at both its East (Boston) and Prime (Seattle) events. Gen Con has an emphasis on RPGs and features events for RPGs, CCGs, miniatures and board games with 56,614 unique attendees over four days in 2014.
Origins focuses on miniatures wargames and board games with 12,902 unique attendees in 2014, but also has a large component of RPG and CCG players. Dragon Con is an example of a large convention with a focus on popular culture and comics that includes a large gaming contingent and 35,000-40,000 attendees, but isn’t dedicated solely as a gaming convention. A smaller genre of gaming conventions are those devoted to the hobby of historical miniature wargaming, many of which are sponsored by the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society.
In the following list you will find out all the conventions that MAGE Company will attend to for the gaming year 2020 along with detailed info for each one.
Experience the Spirit of Play at the key meeting point for the toy industry. As the largest and most important event of the year, the toy fair in Nuremberg brings together all international decision-makers. Well-known brands, trendy start-ups, buyers for major chains, independent retailers and large numbers of media representatives combine to make the Spielwarenmesse® a unique event for all players in the toys and games market.
Spielwarenmesse eG is the fair organizer and marketing services provider for the toy sector and other consumer goods markets. The Nuremberg company organizes the world-leading toy fair in Nuremberg, Germany.
Spielwarenmesse eG operates a worldwide network of representatives in over 90 countries. It also has several subsidiaries, including Spielwarenmesse Shanghai Co., Ltd., responsible for the People’s Republic of China and Spielwarenmesse India Pvt. Ltd., covering the Indian market.
The cooperative holds a major stake in the Russian exhibition company Grand Expo, which organizes Kids Russia in Moscow. Spielwarenmesse eG also organizes the following trade fairs:
- Kids India in Mumbai
- Insights-X in Nuremberg.
Die roten Reiter GmbH subsidiary with headquarters in Nuremberg works as communication agency for the consumer and capital goods industry.
2020: 29 January – 2 February
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Nurnberg, Germany
Festival De Jeux
All the actors of the game world, from passionate players to curious bystanders, are invited to come and discover the different games’ universe at the heart of the most important French-speaking game event in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès of Cannes!
It’s a whole world of games that settles in Cannes, making it impossible for you not to find your happiness:
– Traditional games and classics
– Modern board games
– Video games
– Simulation Games (RPG, Grandeur Nature, Historical and Fantastic Wargames ….)
– Trading cards
– Construction games and toys…
There is something for every taste !
– Come enjoy to try hundreds of board games free of use!
– Let yourself be introduced to the best games of the moment, winners of the As d’Or.
– Meet the authors, illustrators and publishers of your favorite games around demonstrations, animations and tournaments. They always have more novelties and previews just for you!
– Discover the world of video games
– Take part in dozens of tournaments, demonstrations, introductions in the main classical disciplines of games of spirit!
– Attend our conferences and workshops to get a better understanding of the game world
– Discover our exhibition on the theme of illustration
Whether you come alone, with friends or family … whether you belong to the circle of big champions, “hard-gamers” or you are an occasional player … experience this intergenerational journey and get ready to share great emotions by discovering the wealth of the game creation on 30 000m² in the heart of the Palais des Festivals of Cannes!
2020: 21 January – 23 February
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: Cannes, France
2020 for the third time: The game fair with the board game releases of the Spring for consumers. Spieldoch is a relatively new board game fair in Germany organized by the authors of Spielbox. A wide range of German publishers share this fair for the weekend and present to games new releases. Spieldoch is a fast growing fair having a lot of potentials to become bigger.
2020: 27 March – 29 March
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: Duisburg, Germany
Nordsken is northern Scandinavias largest gaming and popular fiction event
held annually at Skellefteå Kraft Arena. Attendance has increased steadily each year.
In 2017 Nordsken attracted over 8,500 unique visitors comprising
hobby enthusiasts, new gamers and families with children.
In 2018 we expect more than 10,000 unique visitors and
more than 15,000 day visitors.
Nordsken is a high quality and modern event that reaches
out to the, too often overlooked, northern market.
This analog game industry meetup for indie developers, stores, publishers and distributors is a way to reach out to a large part of Scandinavia’s gaming industry. You can test new games on the Swedes, who are early adopters, sell existing games, launch new games, and apply for awards.
Your company can connect with all aspects of the Scandinavi-
an gaming hobby from esports to boardgames and from high end tech to the best professional artists in the industry.
2020: 21 May – 23 May
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday, 09:00 am – 20:00 pm
Location: Skelleftea, Sweden
UK Games Expo
UK Games Expo is the UK’s largest Hobby Games Convention – in 2019 it is on from 31st May to 2nd June in Hall 1 and Hall 2 NEC and NEC Hilton.
An annual convention showcasing the best hobby games including miniatures, board games, role playing games, collectable card games and family games. Hosts national board game tournaments and the UK’s largest Roleplaying Games Schedule.
Held in the NEC and Hilton Hotel, Solihull.
2020: 29 May – 31 May
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday, 09:30 am – 06:00 pm
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Berlin Brettspiel Con
Experience great new games at the unique boardgame convention in Berlin.
The Berlin Board Game Con is a place for friends and friends of analog entertainment. Whether you are an interested or connoisseur, curious beginner or hardcore gamer – we find the right game for everyone! The Berlin Con continues to grow rapidly, so that after only two years we have outgrown our beloved cold store.
The new location, the STATION-Berlin, is located in the immediate vicinity, about 20 meters from the cold store and was able to convince us with their various possibilities and their charming charm. There are fabulous opportunities to immerse yourself in exciting worlds and experience countless adventures on almost 8,000 m²!
2020: 17 May – 19 July
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday, 10:00 am – 19:00 pm
Location: Berlin, Germany
Brussels Games Festival
Bring together the different actors of the world of gaming in Belgium: authors, illustrators, publishers, distributors, specialized shops, clubs, organizers of fun events and of course players. – Discover the game in all its forms: family games, strategy and management games, party games, figurines games, educational games, giant games, role playing, life size … and … play! – Make the modern board game accessible to families and the general public.
2020: 28 August – 30 Augustus
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday, 11:00 am – 20:00 pm
Location: Brussels, Beglium
Tabletop Gaming Live
After a fantastic first year, we’ll be bringing even more brand new and upcoming releases, tournaments, workshops, talks, and fun to the beautiful venue of Alexandra Palace on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday 27th 2020.
From the latest board game blockbusters to must-see miniatures and incredible indie RPGs, Tabletop Gaming Live 2019 will give you the first chance to see and play some of the biggest and best releases of the year in the UK for the first time – and buy essential games to complete your collection.
Hear from designers in on-stage panels and improve your own skills with interactive workshops, before winning exclusive goodies in tournaments and play sessions. And of course, play loads of games!
Whatever and however you play, Tabletop Gaming Live is the place to be.
2020: 26 September – 27 September
Opening hours: Saturday to Sunday, 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Location: London, United Kingdom
SPIEL in Essen means: Four days of fun, meeting friends, playing and testing thousands of games and novelties together with gamers from all over the world. Make up your own mind about the quality of the international gaming market and feel free to buy your favorite ones!
SPIEL ’20 – the world’s biggest consumer fair for gaming – offers its visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see, sample and test the complete international games program. In 2019 more than 1,150 exhibitors from 50 nations made this show so unique. Each year gamers from all over the world join the largest meeting of the gaming scene. Publishers, authors, manufacturers, and devoted players gather here to share their experiences, check out the latest developments and introduce new products to the wider public.
On more than 80,000 square meters of exhibition space, all kinds of games are on display, ranging from family, adult, children and parlour games to strategy, mail, adventure, fantasy and science fiction games to video and computer games. Naturally, game classics such as Chess, Go, Backgammon and Bridge won’t be missing.
SPIEL provides an extensive range of fringe events: All exhibitors invite you to join in the action at their tables – just try the unknown, enter one of the numerous competitions, or watch exciting demonstrations!
2020: 22 October – 25 October
Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, 10:00 am – 07:00 pm
Location: Essen, Germany
Lucca Comics & Games
Lucca Comics & Games is the most important European festival dedicated to comics, board games, video games, role-playing games, fantasy, animation, movies and TV series. Transmedia show par excellence, since 1966 LC&G is the main community event dedicated to pop culture in Italy.
Totalling almost 800,000 visitors, the festival occupies 40,000 square metres and offers more than 500 events including 20 exhibitions, various meet and greet with authors and publishers, concerts and shows of every kind. It is an unmissable happening for fans all over the world. Lucca Comics & Games takes place in the historic centre of the ancient city of Lucca, a beautiful city rich in art and history in the heart of Tuscany.
2020: 28 October – 01 November
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 09:00 am – 19:00 pm
Location: Tuscany, Italy
SPIELEMESSE Stuttgart is an exhibition for games, toys and crafts. More than 80 exhibitors will present numerous classics, bestsellers and new games at the Stuttgart GAME MEETING.
The range includes social and puzzle games, toys, dolls and stuffed animals, children’s and teen books, as well as comics and multimedia. Various entertaining tournaments, exciting competitions and creative workshops form the framework program of the SPIELEMESSE Stuttgart.
2020: 19 November – 22 November
Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, 10:00 am – 18:00 pm
Location: Stuttgart, Germany