Many players enjoy playing games for fun, but they also desire to compete against the best opponents.
For this reason, players gathered in 1995 to play the Catan base game during the “Deutsche Mannschaftsmeisterschaft im Brettspiel” (German Board Game Championship for Teams) finals.
- World Wide Catan Championship: All-time High Scores List / Nation Rankings
- European Catan Championship: All-time High Scores List / Nation Rankings
- Information about the Next Championships
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 World Championship was held at Gen Con Indy, the largest game fair in the US. Since then, World Championships are staged every two years. In 2010, the World Championship took place at Wildenstein Castle in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and in 2012, once again in the US.
Since 2009, in the years between World Championships Europe's best Catan players meet in Vienna to determine the European champion.