HABA USA is hosting a game design contest from 6/6/17-7/31/17


All kits are currently sold out! If you are attending Origins, we will have a limited quantity there to pick up. We will also try to create more kits when we return from Origins if we have enough materials to do so the week of 6/19. So Stay Tuned and thank you for your interest and ethusiasm!

Contest participants/game designers will receive a design kit that they will use to create a new game. Each kit will be unique and will include random items from HABA games. This can include puzzle pieces, wooden figures, dice, blocks, board sections, and other pieces.

Games must adhere to the following rules:

    • 2 – 5 players
    • 15 - 45 minutes game length
    • Use at least three of the items from the kit. (Using the same item multiple times is fine)
    • Have completed rules: Rules should be complete enough 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!

Art does not need to be finalized, as these are prototypes. Temporary art or no art, either is okay.

A maximum of only 200 kits will be made available. Limit one kit per person/group. If we have any kits leftover we will be bring them to Origins Game Fair, which takes place June 14th to the 18th in Columbus Ohio. And at Dice Tower Con in Orlando Florida, July 5th to the 9th.

To submit your game ideas please either drop off or mail games to:

4407 Jordan Road
Skaneateles, NY 13152


With your game submission, please include a completed 'Submission Form' that was included with your kit. Rules should also include the name of the game, number of players, and game length.

A panel of judges, made up of game designers, local players, store managers and HABA USA staff, will play all of the games 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: 4 games for First, 3 games for Second, 2 games for Third, and 1 game for Fourth and Fifth. 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.

Prototype games will be kept and not returned unless you provide a prepaid, return shipping label with your game contest submission. The designers will retain all rights to their games. If there is a game that HABA wants to develop, we will work with you on obtaining rights at that point.

This contest is open to USA residents only. Must be 18 years or older to enter - or have a parent fill out the consent form. Parental Consent Form


Can I use a game design that I have made prior to the contest?

We would prefer new designs, but as long as the game is not currently being published, or is not currently being considered/submitted to a publisher you can submit the game. All of the condition/rules for the contest still need to be met for the game to be accepted.

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 the kit. You can add in other pieces you would like or use more items from the design kit.

Is there any theme limitations?

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