News & Interviews

Over 400 Interviews, Articles and Stories! Over 350 authors! 5 Newsletters!

Newsletters for industry, consumers, social media influencers and educators cover many aspects of play and

the interesting stories behind the playthings we love! 

Our newest project to celebrate the People of Play to go live soon! Read all about it HERE.  

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Business of Play News

Industry News - interviews, news, information about get-togethers we're hosting and more.

Importance of Play News

For consumers and anyone interested in toys and games and 

meeting the people behind the the products.

 

Legends and Legacies Profiles

There are many great stories and then there are those which are EPIC! 

ChiTAG White Papers

Interested in getting into the toy and game industry?

Our Inventor & Innovation Conferences Experts weigh in on industry topics. 

GRAY MATTERS GAMES 2020 GAME DESIGN CONTEST

With play test groups, board game cafes and Protospiels popping up all over the map, the game inventor community is stronger than ever! Still, there are plenty of amazing games and inventors out there not getting the attention they deserve. When Gray Matters Games founder and inventor, Joe Barron, recognized this gap in Fall 2019, he was inspired to create a design contest to help up-and-coming inventors. Barron says “There are so many fantastic game ideas that don’t make their way to the shelf because inventors don’t know how to take the next step. This contest will allow the finalists to get in front of industry experts, get real-time feedback and potentially win a publishing opportunity.

Steffanie Yeakle and Marie Chaplet - Games and Stories

Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry? Childhood was a happy time for both of us. Although we were raised thousands of miles apart, Steffanie in Connecticut, Marie in the Sarthe, we had similar experiences. Our best memories were of playing games and we feel so privileged to do it for our jobs, first in product development for Habourdin / Spear’s Games then Mattel and Creata, and now as authors. Working from home, we have the added benefit of embarrassing our teenagers who return from school to find us having a tea party with our plush toys. Sometimes just hearing us discuss a game on the phone « that card could push the fart two squares » becomes an inside joke for their fr

Kevin Mower, Adrian Roche and Dave Ciganko's HUGE! Play for Way Better Play

What is your new endeavor and why should anybody care? Well, HUGE! Play is a newly formed play company. We call it a play company instead of toy company because the word toys just doesn’t wrap its arms all the way around how play itself has changed and how it’s a vibrant and embedded part of the millennial family from kids to teens to parents. Going back to 40 years ago, play was largely considered a fun activity for kids to enjoy. Today, everyone has “permission to play” and each demographic literally uses play to satisfy different needs. ‘Play is deeply useful now along with being fun and there are some very new ways we are working to create it, produce it, market it and get it into the ha

Ishkabibbles - Just for Fun!  

Play in Education News

For educators, librarians, homeschooling families and parents

who are interested in using play to aid learning.

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