• Messe Essen
  • 25. - 28. Oct. 2018


Thursday, 3. August 2017
More subway trains and more parking spaces for SPIEL ’17
Visitors arriving by public transport will be able to reach SPIEL much quicker because twice as many subway trains as last year will be running to the exhibition center on all four days of the fair.
In addition, there are significantly more parking spaces for car users than in 2016. For the first time ever, parking lot P11 (the Karstadt headquarters car park) will be open on Saturday and Sunday in addition to parking lots P1, P2, P3, P5 and P9. An extra 5,000 spaces will be available in P10. As an additional service, visitors will be able to purchase their admission tickets in parking lot P10 and then take a relaxed ride with the closely timed shuttle bus to the exhibition halls.


Thursday, 3. August 2017
Faster entry through an additional third entrance via the Galeria
In addition to the usual South and West entrances, an additional way into the event will be created for the first time in 2017 via the Galeria. An extra 900 wardrobe spaces are also being created here.


Thursday, 3. August 2017
More exhibitors, more exhibition space
Around 1,100 exhibitors have already registered for SPIEL to date – this is a new record. Also, the total exhibition space for the international games event is bigger than ever before. This means that Halls 6 and 7, that were only half full last year, are now fully booked and bursting at the seams for the first time. Halls 1, 2, and 3 and the Galeria are all full to the brim again. This year also Hall 8 will be added, which means SPIEL ’17 has grown to 72,000 square meters exhibition space – in 2016 it was 66.000.


Thursday, 3. August 2017
Visitors can have their games purchases sent anywhere in the whole world
Last year a games packaging and shipping service for visitors made its debut and this was enthusiastically received by gaming fans. Over the four days of the event, about 2,500 games were sent to 39 different visitor home countries. More packages can be processed and shipped this year, because the stand area has been doubled and more staff hired.


Monday, 3. April 2017
Packaging Service at SPIEL’ 17

Shipping and packaging service at SPIEL ’17. Visitors of SPIEL will have the option to ship their purchased games directly from the fairground.
Here you can find the exact prices.


Thursday, 16. February 2017
: German premiere – Shadows of Esteren in concert
We are glad to announce that this year exhibition SPIEL will be part of the Shadows of Esteren live concert tour. On Friday, 27th of October 2017, visitors of SPIEL’17 will have the unique opportunity to be part of a great experience: Shadows of Esteren in concert.
For two hours, a group of classical musicians and a singer will play the new released album ADELIANE. François Rousselot, composer of the Soundtrack of the Oscar award winning short film Mr. Hublot, will be the conductor.
ADELIANE is inspired by melancholy and beauty, as well as by artists like Agnes Obel, Philip Glass, and David Darling.
The Shadows of Esteren albums are an eclectic mix of artists that have contributed to these albums, each with their own interpretation of the Shadows of Esteren universe. You can listen to the previous three albums here.
Tickets for the concert will be available soon.
To enter this concert, you must also be attending the convention and have a SPIEL’17 Expo ticket. The concert will take place in “Saal Europa”, on top of hall 3.
Further information will follow an we are looking forward to welcome you in Essen!