Spielwarenmesse 2021 to feature wider aisles, face masks and no stand parties as part of Covid-19 safety measures

Exhibitors will be required to keep a contact list for all customer appointments held at stand tables where masks are removed.

Kids Insights expands into Canada and Australia

“We are now surveying an additional 21,000 children in both countries, providing all of this data to our clients in real-time with expert analysis from our growing team of researchers and analysts,” said Nick Richardson, CEO of The Insights People.

Cubed: The Puzzle of Us All, a new book from Rubik’s Cube inventor Erno Rubik, set to launch in September

Cubed sees Rubik detail his journey to creating the iconic Cube, as well as covering the art of creativity, playfulness and invention.

Strong sales for Jenga, Twister and Mouse Trap help Hasbro Gaming revenue grow 11% in Q2 2020

“The global Hasbro team is executing our playbook amidst a dynamic and challenging environment,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s chairman and chief executive officer.

Dice Toy Labs debuts two new games in Amit Ghadge’s Indus 2500 BCE and Franz Dias’ Seas the Day

“With the rise in demand for board games, and our Prime Minister’s vision for a self-reliant India, our focus is publishing games made by Indian designers,” said Phalgun Polepalli, co-founder of Dice Toy Labs.

Brand Licensing Europe 2020 goes virtual as part of four-week Festival of Brands event

“We have had great feedback from June’s Licensing Week Virtual, so we know that there is huge potential and appetite for industry connection during this challenging time when meeting face-to-face is difficult,” said Informa’s Anna Knight.

Daniela and Christian Stöhr’s Pictures wins Spiel des Jahres 2020

The game, which sees players try to re-create images using a mish-mash of objects, saw off competition from Reiner Knizia’s My City and Nova Luna from Uwe Rosenberg and Corné van Moorsel.

Unnecessary Inventions’ Matty Benedetto brings Jigsaw Puzzle Coffee Table to Kickstarter

The Jigsaw Puzzle Coffee Table is ‘the first and only coffee table that can’t actually be used until you solve the jigsaw puzzle surface’.

Big Potato teams with designers Rich Coombes and Dan Penn for new party game, Herd Mentality

Coombes and Penn were also the design duo behind Big Potato’s Head Hackers game.

TinkerTini to educate and invest in the next generation of toy inventors with TinkerNext

The free resource and programme will educate users on how companies evaluate inventor concepts and what it takes to succeed.

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