by The Bloom Report | 29 Jun 2023

Press Release


 People of Play (POP) is Accepting TAGIE Award Nominations NOW Through August 4th




Chicago, IL – June 29 - Now entering its 16th year, the TAGIE Awards, presented by People of Play (POP), will once again honor the best and brightest innovators, designers, retailers, suppliers, PR 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. This important recognition, honoring contribution, innovation, and spirit of community is the very heart of POP.


This year the TAGIE Game Changer category will honor the unsung heroes of our industry. The people that keep the industry running smooth yet are seldom publicly recognized. Here is your chance to recognize colleagues that made a difference in your organization!


John Barbour, a respected captain of the toy industry and Chair of the TAGIE Lifetime Achievement Committee, encourages you to nominate Lifetime Achievement individuals that have:

  • Long experience and record of accomplishment in the play industry.
  • Innovative product or marketing introductions.
  • Charitable efforts benefiting children and/or children’s causes.
  • An unimpeachable record of integrity and respect in the industry.


Past Lifetime Achievement Honorees are celebrated on this page.


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 – Unsung Heroes

Lifetime Achievement


This year the TAGIES will also include a celebration of the outstanding Toy and Game Films this year – it has been an incredible year celebrating our brands on screen!


Karri Bean, Senior Global Licensing Manager, Disney Consumer Products and Host of the TAGIE Awards adds, “The TAGIEs bring everyone in the toy industry together for a star-studded night of celebrating the toy industry’s most talented people around the globe that define the bold and innovative individuals and teams of the toy and game industry... the People of Play.”


Nominations are open now through August 4th. Finalists from each category will be notified at the beginning of September and voting will be open to the general public, media and industry, with the exception of Game Changer and Lifetime Achievement. The latter categories are selected by the TAGIE Awards Committee and the Lifetime Achievement Committee. The Awards Committee also creates the In Memoriam Presentation and selects the recipient of the Hassenfeld Humanitarian Award.


Submit your nominations for yourself and your colleagues HERE. There is no fee and the form is easy to complete!  For more information about the TAGIEs, visit the webpage here. Photos from 2022 can be found 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, public relations, marketing 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, Chicago Toy & Game Fair, PlayCHIC and Young Inventor Challenge. For more information, visit

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