World Championship Program

Every year, players worldwide compete in local qualifying tournaments. The winners of these Qualifier tournaments will win a guaranteed seat at their country’s Catan National Championship. Players will face off against all other Qualifier winners to become the year’s National Champion. Every two years, the National Champions are sent to the Catan World Championships. The 2020 World Championship will be held in Malta, late 2020.

History of the Catan World Championship Program

In 1995 players gathered to play the Catan base game during the “Deutsche Mannschaftsmeisterschaft im Brettspiel” (German Board Game Championship for Teams) finals.

Since 1998, there have been annual Board Game Championships hosted by Spielezentrum Herne, Germany. At first, these tournaments were open only to players in Germany. Since these tournaments weren’t offered in other countries, players from other countries also participated in the German tournaments. Eventually, more countries began hosting their own tournaments. Thus, in 2002 the first World Championship was held to include these players who were participating in tournaments outside Germany. To the present day, there have been players from more than 40 countries participating in the World Championships.

During the initial years, the Championships were hosted at the game fair “Internationalen Spieltage” in Essen, Germany. In 2008, for the first time, the Catan World Championship was held at Gen Con Indy, the largest game fair in the US. Since then, World Championships are staged every two years.

Since 2009, in the years between World Championships Europe’s best Catan players meet at the European Championship. In 2019, the Americas Championship was added to the schedule, including countries in North, Central, and South America.


Looking for the current Catan Tournament rules?

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Interested in hosting a Qualifier Tournament or have questions about our program?

Read this information, then email the Catan Studio Organized Play Team – [email protected]

Are you interested in playing in one of your country’s Qualifier Tournaments?

Read this information, then navigate to your country’s home page by following the links below.

Current English Language Participating Countries:

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