The 15th Annual People Of Play Toy & Game International Excellence Awards (TAGIES) is back in a new location with an incredible list of winners, surprises and entertainment

The 15th Annual People of Play Toy & Game International Awards of Excellence (TAGIEs) will be held on November 19, 2022 in Chicago

The toy and gaming industry is truly a family, so being able to reconnect and celebrate in person again makes this year’s TAGIE Awards extra special. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago on November 19.

People of Play, the organization known for championing toy and game innovators worldwide, will honor outstanding achievement at the 15th Annual Toy & Game International Excellence Awards (The TAGIE) on November 19, 2022 Themed “The Great Reconnect” and sponsored by Disney, Oxford Games, Mattel, The Michael Kohner Corporation, Hasbro, TOMY, Longshore and Nextoy, the evening’s festivities, which begin at 6:00 p.m., will take place for the first time at Epiphany Center for the Arts in Chicago. The historic 1800s building that was once a church has become a cultural center for art, entertainment and events. The after-party will begin immediately after the TAGIEs inside the Catacombs below the room.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to a trio of recipients whose families have established a legacy in the toy and gaming industry. Among them, Kantaro Tomiyama, Chairman and CEO of TOMY. Mr. Tomiyama’s grandfather founded TOMY in 1924. Alan Hassenfeld, former president of Hasbro, whose grandfather and great-uncle founded Hasbro in 1923, is also honored. The final Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Leslie Scott, the inventor of more than 40 games, including Jenga. The business she started, Oxford Games, is now run by her daughter, Frederica Scott Vollrath.

“We are thrilled to be able to honor these three titans of the toy industry with Lifetime Achievement Awards as well as all of the TAGIE nominees and winners,” said Mary Couzin, President of People of Play. “The toy and gaming industry is truly a family, so being able to reconnect and celebrate in person again makes this year’s TAGIE Awards extra special. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago on November 19th.

Other highlights of the evening included a keynote address from Ben Varadi, co-founder of Spin Master and the company’s executive vice president and chief creative officer. People of Play will also honor James Howard with the Game Changer of the Year Award for his work on the short film, “Black Inventors Got Game,” which features four black inventors and their groundbreaking contributions to the toy and game industry. award goes to Dave Harris, Senior Director of Inventor Relations and Strategic Partnerships at Mattel, Ray Adler, Vice President, Global Head of Gaming at Mattel, and Mason Williams, Global Head of Diversity, Equity and inclusion at Mattel.

Throughout the evening, nine prizes will be awarded to the winners in the following categories: Toy Innovator of the Year, Game Innovator of the Year, Rising Star Innovator of the Year, Most Innovative PR and Marketing Team of the Year, Most Innovative Art and Design Visuals of the Year, Most Innovative Supplier of the Year, Most Innovative Retailer of the Year, Most Innovative License of the Year and Young Innovator of the Year (under 18). Voting on the TAGIE Awards voting page is open until October 31 at midnight.

The TAGIE Awards will be hosted by Karri Bean, Senior Licensing Manager, Disney Parks Experiences & Products. Tickets for the TAGIE Awards are still available at


About People of Play

People of Play (POP) is the global toy and game industry leader in fostering innovation, creativity and connectedness. A one-stop source of community for industry professionals, budding inventors, and people of all ages who love to play, People of Play hosts a wide range of events, including the Chicago Toy & Game (ChiTAG) Fair, the Toy & Game International Excellence (The TAGIE’s Awards, the Young Inventor Challenge, the Inventor Pitch & Innovation Conference and the POP Roast.

About TAGIEs

Established in 2008, the International Toy and Game Awards of Excellence (TAGIEs) celebrate the outstanding achievements of leaders in the toy and game industry around the world, honoring masters of innovation and innovation. invention. The annual event also pays tribute to industry professionals who stand out for their spirit of pleasure, philanthropy, defense of inventors, creativity and humanism. Inventors, designers, manufacturers, retailers, media and the general public come together for this prestigious annual gala. TAGIEs are held in the fall in conjunction with POP Week. For more information visit

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