PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Feb
8
Sat
2020
PinBelles Tournament @ Flip Out London
Feb 8 all-day
PinBelles Tournament @ Flip Out London | England | United Kingdom

PinBelles is a new women-only pinball tournament held at Flip Out London, the UK’s biggest pinball club, located in the nation’s capital city, London.

The tournament begins at 11am. Details of the location, transport options and a map can be found on the Flip Out London website.

The prices for the tournament are:
– Flip Out London members: £10
– Non-members: £20

There is a guaranteed top prize of £250 for the winner. Depending on the number of entries additional prizes may be added and/or the top prize increased.

Mar
4
Wed
2020
European Championship Series 2019 Final @ Bulls & Balls
Mar 4 – Mar 8 all-day
European Championship Series 2019 Final @ Bulls & Balls | Fulda | Hessen | Germany

Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th March, 2020 (optional warm-up tournament on the Wednesday).
More than 70 machines from all epochs.
Nice drinks and food.
Many tournaments.
Good and cheap hotels and hostels nearby.
Good connections from Frankfurt airport.

More details to be added soon.

Mar
9
Mon
2020
Amusement Expo @ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Mar 9 – Mar 11 all-day
Amusement Expo @ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States

The amusement, FEC and allied out-of-home entertainment segments will take a 1,727 mile detour next spring, when the AAMA-AMOA Amusement Expo International (AEI) takes a one-year break from Las Vegas and heads south to New Orleans for its annual gathering of equipment, ideas and industry executives.

“Jazz Up Your Business in the Big Easy!” will serve as the theme for next year’s March 9-11, 2020 AEI, with Expo Education Day to kick things off on Monday, March 9, followed by the two-day of exhibits on Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11. In addition to changing the location for next year, the schedule for AEI will also shift by a day, to a Monday-Wednesday pattern (from the previous Tuesday-Thursday time frame).

Mar
20
Fri
2020
Dutch Pinball Masters @ NFV Clubhouse - To Be Confirmed
Mar 20 – Mar 22 all-day
Dutch Pinball Masters @ NFV Clubhouse - To Be Confirmed | Veenendaal | Utrecht | Netherlands

Featuring the main Dutch Pinball Masters tournament, a Classics tournament, a Team tournament and a 4-Strikes Knockout tournament.  Maximum prize money of €1,000 for the winner of the DPM and €500 for the Classics winner.

Usually held at the Dutch Pinball Association (NFV) Clubhouse in Veenendaal where there are also free play practice machines and a cafe/bar on-site, there have been some changes in the staffing at the Clubhouse and so the location for the 2020 event has not been confirmed yet.

Mar
27
Fri
2020
Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites
Mar 27 – Mar 29 all-day
Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites | Frisco | Texas | United States

The 2020 Texas Pinball Festival will be held the weekend of March 27 – 29, 2020 in a HUGE 40,000 square foot game room! We’ll be at the Embassy Suites Dallas – Frisco Hotel and Conference Center in Frisco again, and we want to top what we did last year and fill this space with more than 400 pinball machines, classic video games and other game room goodies set up on free play for everyone to enjoy the entire weekend. Leave your quarters at home!

Children under 5 get in free. Pre-register for the 2020 Texas Pinball Festival starting October 1st, or find out how get in FREE when you bring a game! T-shirts, tournament tickets, and other merchandise will be available for pre-order and sale at the show and of course at the door. And don’t forget to book your room.

The Texas Pinball Festival opens it’s door Friday evening at 5pm and will stay open until 1am on Friday and until midnight on Saturday. The hotel offers multiple options for food and drink.

Do you have what it takes to be a pinball wizard? A variety of adult and children’s tournaments will be held throughout the weekend to test your skills. Compete against others for trophies, ribbons and cash prizes. You could walk out a superstar!

As if inside wasn’t fun enough… Check out the bargains outside! Saturday, March 28, 2020 starting at 8:00am, the DFW Pinball and Arcade Club will be putting on an outdoor flea market and swap meet featuring coin operated collectibles, project machines and more! Admission is free to all guests. Got a machine taking up space in your garage? Too many projects? Too many parts? Bring ’em to the swap meet!

The show will conclude Sunday afternoon after the Awards Ceremony scheduled for 2:30pm. Though we give out door prizes all weekend long, one lucky winner will take home the Raffle Drawing grand prize: a brand new pinball machine!

This show draws people from all over the United States and beyond. It is one of the largest shows in the industry and we want you to experience it first hand. So come on out and join us!

Apr
3
Fri
2020
MIdwest Gaming Classic @ Wisconsin Center
Apr 3 – Apr 5 all-day
MIdwest Gaming Classic @ Wisconsin Center | Milwaukee | Wisconsin | United States

The Midwest Gaming Classic is a trade show featuring 100,000+ square feet of retro and modern home video game consoles, pinball machines, arcade video games, computers, table top gaming, crane games, collectible card games and air hockey, and that’s just the start!

The Midwest Gaming Classic is about celebrating gaming, trying new things, learning about the gaming hobby, about meeting others who share the love of gaming, and having fun doing it!

No matter if you have one console and a handful of games or thousands of games in every room of your house, you’ll find something to celebrate with us!

Apr
16
Thu
2020
Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day
Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center | Kalamazoo | Michigan | United States

We are showcasing Pinball Machines, Arcade games, coin-ops and all the cool things you need to complete your gameroom including neon signs, gas pumps, and more.

2:00 PM Thursday – 10:00 PM Thursday.
1:00 PM Friday – 10:00 PM Friday.
9:00 AM Saturday – 6:00 PM Saturday.

Adults $15.00 per day
Kids 5-13 $8.00 per day
Kids 4 and under Free

Come out and join us for our 21st year!

Apr
17
Fri
2020
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Apr 17 – Apr 19 all-day
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center | Grayslake | Illinois | United States

The public is cordially invited to attend the largest antique show of its kind! Curious about what the Chicagoland Show has in store for you? Check out our ticketing options, and join us at this one-of-a-kind event!

 

Apr
25
Sat
2020
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum
Apr 25 – Apr 26 all-day
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum | Brighton | Michigan | United States

Our facility is the one of the largest dedicated pinball venues (by unique game count) in North America and has games from the 1950s “woodrails” to the latest games from Stern pinball. Every decade, manufacturer and game type is represented at the museum. There are many rare and hard to find games set up and ready to play. All machines are free play, so one entrance ticket allows unlimited play for the day. There’s something for every pinball fan here (we are the one of the largest dedicated pinball facility in North America.) But unlike other pinball museum type facilities, we are here every day working on our machines, making sure they play perfect! Arguably this makes us the best working/restored pinball collection in North America.

Tickets for the showcase will be available in advance only. We want to ensure that all attendees have the absolute best possible experience and have plenty of room to mingle and experience and play the pinball machines. To do this we have a limited number of tickets available for each day. Once the limit is reached, we are sold out, and no more tickets will be issued. Hence generally speaking there will not be tickets available at the door.

May
9
Sat
2020
Play Expo Manchester @ Bowlers Manchester
May 9 – May 10 all-day
Play Expo Manchester @ Bowlers Manchester | Stretford | England | United Kingdom

Play Expo returns to Manchester but at a new location, featuring the Northern Lights Pinball Show with around 60 pinballs, competitions, prize raffles and much more.

The UK’s favourite arcade, indie and retro games show will return in 2020! Close to 1000 consoles, handhelds, computers, arcades, pinballs and PCs all running the very best in classic and modern video games and all free to play!

Organised by experienced video game events specialists Replay Events the show will be full with features, exhibitors and more gaming mayhem than Manchester has ever seen.

Jam packed with everything you love about gaming and popular culture, the show has something for everyone.

May
15
Fri
2020
German Pinball Open 2020 @ Stadthalle Gifhorn
May 15 – May 17 all-day
German Pinball Open 2020 @ Stadthalle Gifhorn | Gifhorn | Niedersachsen | Germany

Dear pinball friends,

We would like to inform you about a year in advance that the GPO 2020 will take place in our beautiful city of GIFHORN, on the southern edge of the Lüneburg Heath.
So mark the following period very thick in the calendar.

The date is already fixed: Friday, May 15, 2020 – Sunday, May 17, 2020.
Location: Stadthalle in 38518 Gifhorn, Schützenplatz 2
Link: Stadthalle-gifhorn.de

Further information follows.

If you already have questions, ask …

Greetings from your organizing team “on site”:

May
23
Sat
2020
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 23 – May 25 all-day
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott Tech Center | Denver | Colorado | United States

It is like the comicon for pinball, retro console, classic arcade video! Gameroom exhibitors of all types of games, parts, and collectibles are under one roof at this once-a-year festival for you to play, buy and sell. If they are a major name in pinball and arcade gaming, they are here.

Play all the games you want with admission. Interested in honing your pinball play and improving gaming skills? Want the industry low-down and to be an insider on innovations? We have that covered. Take a break from playing to join meetups and seminars hosted by industry insiders and celebrity guests – designers, modders, programmers, artists, and entrepreneurs galore.

Note: Same location and Memorial Day weekend dates as last year.

Jun
6
Sat
2020
Flippermania 2020 @ Pinball Universe
Jun 6 – Jun 15 all-day
Flippermania 2020 @ Pinball Universe | Bünde | Nordrhein-Westfalen | Germany

Dear pinball friends,

The GPA proudly presents…

With great pleasure I would like to announce to you that there is a very high probability that this pinball event will take place again in 2020.
The weekend would be June 6th and 7th, 2020 at Pinball Universe in Bünde featuring artist Doug Watson. So, pinballs, listening to the guest, eating together, etc. etc. Technology talk is also not possible and there will be no tournament.

The entrance fee will be € 40.00 for GPA members and € 65.00 for non-GPA members.
This includes the buffet meal on Saturday similar to 2018.
We cover the full travel expenses from Doug Watson – Economy Plus from SFO to Germany with Lufthansa – several days hotel, Essen travel expenses, as well as the real expenses of PU for cleaning etc. We do not have to pay rent to PU!

As soon as Doug has booked the flight I will announce registration details

Even if you have never thought about Doug before Panthera, Barracora but also BK2000, T2 and Indiana Jones.
It pays to take items with you to sign and, unlike Elvira, autographs for the show visitors cost NOTHING.

PS: The number of visitors will be limited to 120!

Jun
25
Thu
2020
Pintastic @ Boxboro Regency
Jun 25 – Jun 28 all-day
Pintastic @ Boxboro Regency | Boxborough | Massachusetts | United States

The Pintastic New England Pinball and Game Room Expo announced that its sixth-year event in 2020 will take place at the Regency Hotel in Boxborough, MA.

Show owner Gabriel D’Annunzio said, “We are pleased that  we get an additional 5000 square feet, more function rooms, and we don’t  give up any aspects of the show that people like.”

The Pintastic show has  free play rooms, tournaments, seminars, a vendor hall with commercial booths, an auction, entertainment for kids, and an outdoor flea market for casual sellers. All will be accommodated in the Boxborough facility, which will undergo a substantial renovation between now and showtime in June 2020.

More details nearer the time.

Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Boxboro Regency Hotel
Jun 25 – Jun 28 all-day
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Boxboro Regency Hotel | Boxborough | Massachusetts | United States

Note: New location

Are you looking for a little relief from the hot summer sun? Look no further than Pintastic New England, which is the first of its kind, centrally located in Boxborough, Massachusetts. This expo is 30,000 square feet of fun for the whole family. The kids can have never-ending excitement with a caricature artist, face painting, friendly clowns & balloon animals. The adults can bring out their inner child with over 200 pinball machines set on free play, all while enjoying an ice-cold craft beer.

Our headlining tournament, the Silverball Rumble, run by the SANCTUM takes place in the back of the vendor hall. It’s an IFPA-endorsed event with unlimited PAPA-style qualifying. Entries are $10 each and qualifying begins at Noon on Friday. The top 24 get into elimination rounds to qualify for cash prizes (top 8) and trophies (top 3).

Jul
9
Thu
2020
Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Jul 9 – Jul 12 all-day
Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Featuring the Pinburgh Match-Play Championship with over $100,000 in total prizes and more than 700 pinball and arcade machines.

The World’s largest pinball tournament with close to 800 competitors.

Jul
10
Fri
2020
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center
Jul 10 – Jul 12 all-day
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

The Southern-Fried Gaming Expo (SFGE) is a 3-day fan convention focused exclusively on gaming.

The Expo is held July 10-12 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Cobb Galleria Convention Center in Atlanta, GA, and boasts over 300 full-sized arcade games, pinball machines and console systems, along with tabletop gaming, vendors, special guest speakers, a film fest, wrestling, tournaments and more!

SFGE is a family-friendly event that will be fun for all ages.

Event Times:

  • Friday, July 10, 2020: 3pm – 12am (w/ later night events & all night tabletop)
  • Saturday, July 11, 2020: 10am – 12am (w/ later night events & all night tabletop)
  • Sunday, July 12, 2020: 10am – 4pm

Hotel rooms available for $132 per night. Book early as these usually sell out.

Online registration is now open, but only for full three-day passes until the end of 2019.

Jul
18
Sat
2020
Bavarian Pinball Championship 2020
Jul 18 @ 1:00pm
Bavarian Pinball Championship 2020 @ Donauworth | Bavaria | Germany

A maximum of 76 players. Registration is required from 1st May at 20:00. E-mail address for registration will be announced in April. Cost is €20.

The tournament is played in the Swiss System – every player will be there until the start of the semi-finals in the late evening.

The best 8 players move into the semi-finals and play against each other – 1st against 8th, 2nd against 7th, etc. in a “best-of-3” played on 3 different pinball machines (drawn at random).

The winner of each match moves into the final.

The best 4 players will then play a final on 2 machines (7,5,3,1 points). In the event of a tie, the main round place is the tie breaker.

World ranking points will probably be awarded at the tournament (registration in progress).

Aug
28
Fri
2020
UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel
Aug 28 – Aug 30 all-day
UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel | England | United Kingdom

The UK’s national pinball show returns for a third year to the familiar surroundings of the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel.

Around 100 machines are expected, with more details on special events announced nearer the time.

VIP-only sessions are held on Friday and Saturday evenings, and the UKPinfest Battle tournament is also expected to return.

Oct
14
Wed
2020
36th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore
Oct 14 – Oct 18 all-day
36th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore | Wheeling | Illinois | United States

Pinball Expo returns to the Westin Chicago North Shore for the 36th anniversary in 2020, including the Stern Pinball factory tour, a huge seminar schedule, IFPA-ranked tournaments, a wide range of parts, machine and add-on vendors, two large games rooms, exhibits of the latest games and products and much more, starting with a free banquet on Wednesday evening.

Pinball News will be video recording all the seminars and they will be made available on the Pinball News site and YouTube channel soon after.

Note:  Normally only the tournaments continue into Sunday.  Pinball Expo vendor, games and seminar halls are all expected to close Saturday night.

Nov
13
Fri
2020
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Nov 13 – Nov 15 all-day
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center | Grayslake | Illinois | United States

The public is cordially invited to attend the largest antique show of its kind! Curious about what the Chicagoland Show has in store for you? Check out our ticketing options, and join us at this one-of-a-kind event!

 

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