DiscoverToysandGames Membership

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DiscoverToysandGames Membership

By Chicago Toy & Game Group

When and where

Date and time

January 28, 2017 · 12pm - February 28, 2018 · 3pm CST


To be announced

Refund Policy

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Discover New Toys & Games, Inventor Co-Op, Rep & Agent (formerly is the world's largest co-op of independent toy and game inventors... since 1996.

We encourage new inventors to attend our Innovation Conferences and represent themselves, learn about the industry and meet movers and shakers in our industry. This is particularly true if you are looking to license your idea. You don't need an agent, you can pitch directly to the manufacturers. If the conferences are not an option at this time or you are looking for exposure to retailers, membership in our co-op is an option and membership is on an annual basis and includes the following benefits:​

  • Product placement in the DiscoverToysandGames exhibit booth at three trade/media/consumer shows annually which include New York Toy Fair, American Specialty Toy Retailers Association (ASTRA) Marketplace, and the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG). (see picture above for an example of how booth is set up.
  • You do not need to attend the shows. We send you the lists of people we spoke to about your product for retail and/or licensing (depending on what you are looking for) and notes we've taken.
  • From time to time we send information that is helpful to you.
  • On retail placement, we do not charge additional rep fees.
  • On licensing your product, we charge 20% commission on your royalty, which is less than the industry standard other agents and brokers charge of of 40 - 60%.
  • There is a discount for renewing members of 20%.

​Have a question? Feel free to contact

Thank You!

About the organizer

We're the Chicago Toy & Game Group and you can call us “ChiTAG” – pronounced SHY-Tag – for short. We produce ChiTAG Week, a series of events promoting and celebrating play and innovation that welcomes industry, consumers and traditional and social media the week before Thanksgiving. Our main events include: 

  • Chicago Toy & Game Fair (since 2003). The first and the largest public toy and game fair in North America targeting families.

  • Inventor and Innovation Conferences (since 2006) The largest gathering of professional inventors, new inventors and product acquisition executives in the world. Attendees come from approximately 25 countries to pitch ideas, network, learn and celebrate the toy and game inventor community. 

  • Play in Education (PIE) Conference - (Since 2006) Studies show a focus on play means better performance in academics and social competenceThis conference discusses strategies for bringing play into the classroom and provides CE credits.

  • Toy & Game Innovation Awards (TAGIEs) (since 2008). The TAGIEs are an elegant and playful evening gala that brings together industry leaders from inventors to manufacturers to retailers as well as the public for a celebratory evening of innovators and inventors from around the world for their exceptionally innovative spirit of fun, philanthropy, and humanitarianism.

  • Young Inventor Challenge (YIC) (since 2006). The YIC provides an opportunity for children ages 6 to 18 to showcase their original toy and game inventions to industry professionals, members of media and the general public. All entrants receive feedback from industry executives and inventors and the opportunity to win scholarships and licensing agreements with toy and game companies. 

  • Media Influencer Event (since 2009) Hundreds of traditional media and social media influencers bring their families for a day of fun at the Fair. 

  • PlayCHIC (since 2012) Fashion sells. The PlayCHIC Fashion Show celebrates dress-up by inspiring play through a new avenue - fashion.

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