A short history
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 to determine the European champion.
In 2019 the first Americas champion was determined with participants from 10 countries from North-, Middle-, and South-America.
EWC 2019 Utrecht - Netherlands
Ort: Spellenspektakel – Utrecht, Netherlands
Organisator: 999 Games / www.999games.nl
CATAN-Europameister: Dan Lõhmu, Estland
51 participants from 31 countries take partl. The following ranks went to Daria Valent (Slowakei), Onur Can Şen (Türkei) and Twan Groeneveld (Niederlande).
CAC 2019 Oaxaca - Mexico
The first CATAN Americas Championship took place between 25th and 27th of October, 2019 with 18 participants from 11 countries.
Enrique Siu (Panama) was the winner of the final round and the first Catan Americas Champion. Jerry Tong (USA), Raul Jimenez (Mexico) and Sarvat Tahir (Canada) were the other finalists.
CWC 2018 Cologne - Germany
On the 24th and 25th of November 2018, the best CATAN players in the world met in Cologne to host the World Championship.
Board strategists from 46 countries fought for the title. Quetzal Hernandez from Mexico prevailed against the international competition and won the coveted first place. He qualifies automatically for the next World Championship in the USA.
The players of the final were the German Markus Heinze (29) from Berlin, Quetzal Hernandez (34) from Mexico, Jan Christoph Hajek (38) from Denmark and José Miguel Ferrario Parrado (32) from Colombia. Silver went to Colombia, bronze secured Germany. The final was a neck-and-neck race in which one and a half hours were spent, trading and building.
You find the full results in our tournament section.
CEC 2017 Barcelona - Spain
Place: Mercat del Born – Sala Moragues, Placa Comercial 12, Barcelona, Spain
Organizer: Devir / www.devir.es
CATAN European Champion: Evaldas Rutkauskas, Lithuania
From 44 participants, the following players were also able to reach the final: Selma Dorrestein, 2nd place (Netherlands), Martin Gaze, 3rd place (Norway) and Milutin Nikolić, 4th place (Serbia)
CWC 2016 Durango - USA
The best Catan players worldwide had compete in Durango, USA from Sep. 23-26, 2016.
- The CWC Yearbook 2016 with all contestant of this year can be downloaded here.
The final 4 of the Catan World Championship this year were Raúl Fernández from Spain, Hisatake Do from Japan, Petr Frajvald from Czech Republic, and William Cavaretta from the USA.
William Cavaretta (USA) won the final round and was the Catan World Champion.