On October 24-26, 2019, Tabletoys had the privilege to represent the Indonesian board game community and attend the annual Essen Spiel – one of the biggest international board game conventions in the world – held at Essen, Germany. Tabletoys had been one among the few board game publishers selected by Indonesia’s Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf), after going through a rigorous selection process, to take part in the international convention. Tabletoys had submitted two of the selected six titles out of 75 board game submissions by game designers from all across the nation.
At Essen Spiel 2019, Tabletoys had the opportunity to introduce their games to the global board game community. At the Archipelageek booth, sponsored by Bekraf, Essen Spiel attendees had the chance to playtest the games in the play areas. In addition to international exposure for the board games, Tabletoys’ game designers also benefit from valuable feedback they receive from experienced players as well as internationally acclaimed board game designers.
Aside from the showcase, Essen Spiel 2019 also serves as a networking platform for board game designers and publishers from across the world. At the exhibit, Tabletoys has had the chance to build connections with notable publishers in the board game industry and opening more opportunities for Indonesian board games to be licensed internationally. Their participation at Essen Spiel 2019 has motivated Tabletoys to continue to be at the forefront of the Indonesian board game publishing.