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SwissGames at Fantasy Basel 2019 Recap

SwissGames at Fantasy Basel (c) Luca Rossetto/Markus Rossé

Fantasy Basel

Messe Basel, Switzerland
2019 edition: 3 May – 5 May
2020 edition: 21-23 May
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Organised by the Swiss Game Developers Association

For the fifth time Fantasy Basel, the biggest convention for pop culture in Switzerland, took place in Basel in early May this year. Over 54’000 visitors attended (a new record!) and explored various Fantasy worlds on the 60’000 m² event grounds. 20 Swiss studios presented their games, the largest SwissGames delegation at Fantasy Basel yet. Many projects were shown to the public to the first time. Visitors enjoyed trying out all the new prototypes, providing important feedback for the developers.
Here are a few quotes from exhibiting studios:

  • «A wholesome event as always, where it’s great to discover fledgling projects.»
  • «It was great to see how people loved the game, couldn’t stop playing and almost needed to get dragged away by friends or parents.»
  • «It was great to see a group of 3 people play my game for an hour straight.»
  • «Our game is now Tinkerbell AND Batman approved!»

The Fantasy Basel will return next year, 21 May – 23 May 2020

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