The German Games Prize is a games prize for new German-language board and card games. It is awarded for the best family and adult game and, as the German Children's Game Prize, for the best children's game of the current game year. Until 2016, the travelling prize Essener Feder was awarded to the author's game with the most exemplary rule.
In contrast to the Game of the Year Critics' Award, the German Games Award is a prize for the specialist public, in which interested individual players, game circles, retailers and journalists are invited to vote. In 1990, it replaced the Golden Pöppel awarded by the trade magazine Die Pöppel-Revue. The German Games Prize is awarded by the Bonn-based publishing house Friedhelm Merz Verlag. It is awarded annually on the eve of the International Game Days in Essen.