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For the composition by Karlheinz Stockhausen, see Spiel (Stockhausen).

Internationale Spieltage SPIEL, often called Essen after the city where it is held, is an annual four-day game trade fair held in October (Thursday to the following Sunday) at the Messe Essen (de) exhibition centre in Essen. Many German-style board games are released at the fair.

Unlike the other major German game fair, the Nuremberg International Toy Fair, Spiel is open to consumers as well as publishers and designers.[1]

The fair typically releases turnstile attendance (the number of times a guest enters, i.e., a single visitor who attends all four days would be counted as four attendees), not actual tickets sold, making attendance figures problematic. Essen is said to have had 154,000 turnstile attendees in 2011. In 2012, the organizers announced a turnstile attendance of 149,000.[2] The 2014 edition had a record attendance of 158,000. [3] The attendance fluctuates; for example, numbers were low in 2007 due to a German rail strike.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Batty, Ward (2007-11-07). "Four Days In The Center Of The Board Game Universe". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  2. ^ "149 000 Besucher kamen zur Spielemesse Spiel 12 nach Essen". 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  3. ^ "Exhibitor information". Retrieved 2015-07-28. 

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