Awarded since 1979, Germany’s Game of the Year is probably the best known and most important award for the game industry. This award is aimed at family games, not “gamer’s games”. The winner is chosen by a jury (composed only of independent, specialized game journalists) from 5 games they nominated previously. The nominated games are selected from those published in the preceding 12 months in Germany.
A special award for children’s games was introduced in 1989. It became an autonomous award (Kinderspiel des Jahres) with its own jury in 2001, and follows the same procedure as the main award. Other special awards, e.g. for more complex games, are given out occasionally, at the jury's discretion. From 1979 to 1997, a special award for the most beautiful game was given out regularly.
The juries also recommend several additional games, besides the nominated ones. Since 2004 the juries edit a brochure (in German) describing the recommendations, nominees, and winners in some detail. They also point out where they beg to differ from the game publisher’s recommended age or average duration.
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