July 2, 2021
People of Play open nominations for annual TAGIE Awards

Now entering its fourteenth year, the TAGIE Awards, presented by People of Play (POP), will once again honor the best and brightest innovators, designers and marketers in the toy and game industry. Each year, the TAGIEs bring together the many communities that make up the larger industry of play, including professionals, aspirants and fans from over 150 countries. This spirit of community, recognition, education and honoring contributions is at the heart of POP.


To commemorate the whirlwind of last year, POP has added two categories to the TAGIE Awards, showcasing the Most Innovative Licensed Product and Game Changers. 2020 was a year unlike any other and called upon the industry to adapt, shift, and ultimately change the game of play. POP would like to recognize the most valiant strides taken with the Game Changers award. In turn, shining a spotlight on those in the industry who went above and beyond to make the world a better and brighter place in the midst of a global pandemic.

With other categories ranging from innovators of the year, to young inventor of the year and even awards for art and marketing, the TAGIEs go beyond the basics to celebrate the entire mix of talents necessary to be bold in the toy and game industry.

In addition to its typical entry form, POP is introducing an alternative and simplified option of the nomination process for members, who can simply submit any POP profile to be considered for a TAGIE Award.

10 TAGIE Awards Categories

Following is the complete list of ten categories now open for nominations for the 2021 TAGIE Awards:

  • Toy Innovator of the Year
  • Game Innovator of the Year
  • Rising Star Innovator of the Year
  • Young Inventor of the Year
  • Innovative Art and Visuals of the Year
  • Innovative PR & Marketing Team of the Year
  • Most Innovative Retailer Award
  • Most Innovative Supplier
  • NEW! Most Innovative Licensed Product
  • NEW! Game Changers
  • Nominations close on August 13th. Finalists from each category will be announced on September 1 with voting open to the general public, media and industry.

Submit your nominations and POP profiles here.

About People of Play

People of Play (POP) promotes innovation, creativity and connectivity in the global toy and game industry. People of Play hosts a wide range of events including the Chicago Toy & Game (CHITAG) Fair, the Toy & Game International Excellence (TAGIE) Awards, the Young Inventor Challenge, the Toy & Game International Summit, POP-pedia and the People of Play Foundation.

About the TAGIEs

Founded in 2008, the Toy & Game International Excellence Awards (TAGIEs) celebrate the outstanding achievements of toy and game industry leaders from around the world, by honoring masters of innovation and invention. The annual event also pays homage to industry professionals who differentiate themselves with their spirit for fun, philanthropy, inventor advocacy, creativity and humanitarianism. Inventors, designers, manufacturers, retailers, media and the general public come together for this prestigious annual gala event. The TAGIEs are hosted in the fall in conjunction with the Chicago Toy & Game (CHITAG) Fair and the Toy & Game Inventor Conferences. For more information, visit

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