HSITORY: It is often claimed that the game dates back to the Viking Age and has survived since then on Gotland, although there is no evidence of this. The Föreningen Gutnisk Idrott ("Society (of) Gotland Games"), formed in 1912, does not list kubb as one of the traditional games from Gotland. The earliest mention of a kubb-like game comes from the second edition of the Swedish Encyclopedia Nordisk familjebok (the Nordic familybook) in 1911. It's there called "Kägelkrig" (Skittles war) and is described as a variation of Skittles and played with a ball. <Actinic:Variable Name = '1'/> The game in its modern conception became popular in the late 1980s when commercial kubb sets were first manufactured.
The key feature of the game (opposing teams throwing) is shared by the games kyykkä and bunnock, both of which come from Karelia or neighbouring areas. The game has now gained international interest, and an annual World Championship has been held since 1995 on Gotland. Large kubb tournaments now occur throughout Europe and the United States of America. Belgium alone held over 50 tournaments in 2012.