Essen Game Fair has been canceled, the organizers announced on Twitter. The show was scheduled for October 22-25; the next event will be October 14-17, 2021.
Internationale Spieltage SPIEL (the German name of the event), held annually since 1983, is the largest game fair in the world, and an event where exhibitors from all over the world debut new games which then make their way to trade in the following months. It’s a major business event where international rights for games are negotiated and announced. Its cancellation leaves a major hole in the 2020 business calendar, one of many that are appearing the Age of Covid.