by The Bloom Report | 20 Jul 2022

Press Release


People of Play (POP) is accepting TAGIE Award nominations NOW through August 15th



Chicago, IL - July 19 - Now entering its 15th year, the TAGIE Awards, presented by People of Play (POP), will once again honor the best and brightest innovators, designers, retailers, suppliers 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 and fans from all over the world. The TAGIEs are part of POP Week. Last year over 30,000 people from 115 countries participated in POP Week and much of the POP Week content continues to live online. This important recognition, useful education, honoring contributions, and spirit of community is the very heart of POP.


In 2021 the TAGIE Committee introduced two new categories, showcasing the Most Innovative Licensed Product and Game Changers. This year, we ask the global toy industry to suggest colleagues for Lifetime Achievement. John Barbour, a respected captain of the toy industry and Chair of the Lifetime Achievement Committee, has taken the nominations to a new level, which is detailed in the nomination form.


The TAGIEs go beyond the basics to celebrate the broad and unique mix of talents that define the bold and innovative individuals and teams of the toy and game industry... the People of Play. 


Following is the list of eleven categories now open for nominations for the 2022 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

Most Innovative Licensed Product

Game Changers

Lifetime Achievement 


Nominations are open now through August 15th. Finalists from each category will be announced at the beginning of September. Voting will be open to the general public, media and industry beginning in mid-September.


Submit your nominations for yourself and your colleagues HERE. There is no fee and the form is easy to complete! 


The super entertaining 2021 TAGIE Awards Show is available to watch here.


About People of Play

People of Play (POP) is the toy industry's most comprehensive networking and resource hub; a social platform and industry portal where toy industry veterans, newbies, inventors, buyers, job seekers, recruiters, consumers, and others come to find each other. Get up-to-the-minute toy industry, event, and product news; participate in live online educational and networking events; browse a vast library of expert resources; and peruse and post to the industry's only dedicated social feed., 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 POP Roast, PlayCHIC and the Toy & Game International Innovation Summit.


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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. 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, suppliers, media and the general public come together for this prestigious annual gala event. The TAGIEs are hosted in the fall in conjunction with the Toy & Game Innovation Conferences and Young Inventor Challenge. For more information, visit

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