DAU BARCELONA AWARDS
On Saturday, 23 November 2019, the Sant Andreu Theatre will once again host the Dau Barcelona awards gala, in which the work of those who create and popularise board games will be recognised. These awards are considered prestigious among specialists across the globe.
Since 2013, these annual awards have included: an award for a life dedicated to games, for the best creator of the year, and for the best new creator of the year.
Special award for a life dedicated to games
The winners of this award from the past two years, Dan Glimne, from Sweden, and Irving Finkel, from the UK, have nominated Philip Orbanes, an American game designer and editor and author of several books about the game Monopoly, as the winner of the 2019 award.
Best creator of the year
The winners of this award and the "best new creator of the year" award from the past three years (Wolfgang Warsch, Inka and Markus Brand, and Rob Daviau, for the first award, and Eloi Pujadas and Joaquim Vilalta, Eugeni Castaño, and François Gandon, for the second) will pick the best creator of the year, from among those who created at least one new game between November 2018 and October 2019.
Best new creator of the year
Simultaneously, a panel comprised of Spanish bloggers, Youtubers, and Instagrammers who specialise in games, will choose the winner of the Best New Creator of the Year, from among creators that released their first game between November 2018 and October 2019.
Hispa award for the creator of the best original Spanish game
In addition, at the awards ceremony, Hispa, the Spanish association of board game publishers, will recognise the best Spanish game, as chosen by a panel of game critics from around the world.
Hall of fame
As a new feature this year, the winners of the Dau Award for a Life Dedicated to Games (among which we have the likes of David Parlett and Tom Werneck, in addition to those mentioned above) will induct four historical figures into the Hall of Fame. From now on, two more historical figures will be added each year.
Dau Barcelona 2019 Award for a Life Dedicated to Games
Philip Orbanes' life has revolved around games, especially Monopoly. He himself confesses that when he played it for the first time at the age of 8, it changed his life, and that then, for the first time, he felt like an equal, seated at the table with his uncles and aunts. It changed his life so much that he became one of the top experts in the world of games, even though he admits that he hasn't played as many matches as you might think, since many people don't dare play against him. Orbanes is also the inventor and creator of several board games.
In 1979, one of his dreams came true, and he began working for Parker Brothers (the company that publishes Monopoly) as the Vice President of Research and Development, a position he held until 1990. He spearheaded Parker Brothers' introduction into the world of video games, and gave new life to classic games such as Cluedo and Monopoly, thanks to alliances with other brands and licensees.
At Parker Brothers, he had the opportunity to become a judge for the United States, Canadian, and world Monopoly championships, which allowed him to travel and meet players from all over the world. He continues acting as a judge for Hasbro, which acquired Parker Brothers, and thus, the rights to Monopoly, in 1991.
Orbanes has also published almost a dozen books about Monopoly and its relationship with the games industry, including The Game Makers: The Story of Parker Brothers from Tiddledy Winks to Trivial Pursuit, The Monopoly Companion, and Monopoly®: The World’s Most Famous Game & How It Got That Way, in which he explains how the game is interconnected with the economy and with business and how it managed to become a household name worldwide.
In 1995, he co-founded the company Winning Moves. After eighteen years as its president, he is now vice president of the company, which publishes and re-launches classic games and puzzles, such as Cluedo, Scattergories, the Rubix Cube, and Twister.
Orbanes is also the president of the Association for Games and Puzzles International (AGPI), which brings together game experts, scholars, collectors, and historians. In addition, he has participated in, and still collaborates with, dozens of radio and television programmes to publicise games and promote his industry.