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Contest nameHaba USA 2019 Game Design Contest
Contest organizerHABA USA
Contest start14/05/2019
Submission deadline13/07/2019
Entry fee$5
Monetary prizes?none
Other prizes?

A panel of judges, made up of game designers, local players, store managers and HABA USA staff, will play all games submitted and select the top 3-5 games that deem to be the best fit for HABA. The selected winners will receive a HABA games bundle. The winners’ games will be shown to our Director of New Game Development at HABA Germany corporate office. We cannot guarantee that your game will be published, but it will be given a fair look.

More information

Participants/game designers can purchase a design kit on that will contain pieces that can be used to create a new game. Each design kit will have unique contents and will include random pieces from discontinued and/or current HABA games. Your kit may include puzzle pieces, wooden figures, dice, blocks, board sections, and other pieces.

Contest requirements

Allow for 2 – 4 players
Game play must last between 15 - 45 minutes
Use at least three of the items from the HABA design kit. (Using the same item multiple times is acceptable)
Have complete rules that can be used to play the game.
Only include intellectual property you own or have rights to use.
Be a family weight game.
Something that fits into HABA’s game line.
Theme and mechanics are left up to you!
NEW THIS YEAR!!! You need to submit digital rules, as well as sending a full game prototype back to us. Please email a digital copy of your rules to
Art does not need to be finalized, as these are prototypes. Temporary art or no art either is okay.

A maximum of 200 design kits will be available for purchase on Limit one kit per person/group.

Is there a component limit or any other parts limit?

There is no limit on the number of/type of pieces you can be used. As long as at least three of the components are from a HABA design kit. You can add in other pieces you would like or use more items from the design kit.

You may also change pieces you have received in your kit to work in your game design (i.e. paint, glue together, etc)

Is there any theme limitations?

Your game design should fit into the HABA line of games (we like wooden bits) and be family friendly. Other than that, be creative!

Is this a recurring contest?Yes
How often does it reoccur?Once a year.