PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Oct
17
Wed
2018
34th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore
Oct 17 – Oct 20 all-day
34th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore | Wheeling | Illinois | United States

Pinball Expo is newly-relaunched for 2018, including the Stern Pinball factory tour, seminars, tournaments, vendors, large games room, exhibits and much more.

New for Pinball Expo 2018: The “24 Hour Game Hall” will start Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 pm until Saturday, October 20th at Midnight.

Note:  Only the tournaments continue into Sunday.  Pinball Expo vendor, games and seminar halls close Saturday night.

Oct
19
Fri
2018
Pinball Madness @ Museum of Pinball
Oct 19 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm
Pinball Madness @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

The Museum of Pinball’s new second show of the year.

Over 1,100 pinball and arcade games set up on free play over the three days.

Also, costume contests, entertainment, food and much more.

Oct
25
Thu
2018
Pittsburgh Pinball Open @ PAPA Headquarters
Oct 25 – Oct 28 all-day
Pittsburgh Pinball Open @ PAPA Headquarters | Carnegie | Pennsylvania | United States

There will be a $20 daily door fee, with all games in the building set to free play.

Featuring the main tournament, a classics tournament, Pin-kemon tournament, Knockout tournament and a women’s tournament! Estimated $6,000 in prizes based on last year’s payouts.

Schedule of events:

Thursday October 25th
5:00 PM Doors Open
5:00 PM Qualifying for Main Tournament, Classics, and Women’s tournament begins.
Midnight: Doors close for the night.

Friday October 26th
2:00 PM Doors Open
2:00 PM Qualifying for Main tournament, Women’s Tournament, and Classics Tournament begins.
4:00 PM Qualifying for Pin-kèmon begins.
Midnight: Doors close for the night.

Saturday October 27th
10:00 AM Doors Open. Qualifying for Main, Classics, Womens, and Pin-kèmon re-opens.
3:00 PM Qualifying ends for Women’s Tournament. Playoffs begin.
6:00 PM Qualifying ends for Classics Tournament. Playoffs begin.
9:00 PM Qualifying ends for Pin-kèmon. Playoffs begin.
11:00 PM Last entries for main tournament sold. Players who have volunteered at least 4 hours of scorekeeping may purchase entries until midnight.
1:00 AM Doors Close for the night. No new games for the main tournament can be started.

Sunday October 28th

10:00 AM Doors Open.
10:30 AM Main tournament playoffs begin
3:00 PM 4 Strike Tournament Begins
9:00 PM Doors close

Oct
27
Sat
2018
Play Expo Blackpool @ Norcalympia Exhibition Centre
Oct 27 – Oct 28 all-day
Play Expo Blackpool @ Norcalympia Exhibition Centre | England | United Kingdom

Home of the Northern Lights Pinball’s biggest display of machines.

Just as we’ve added to our arcade sectrion for this RETRO SPECIAL, we’re also increasing the number of pinballs at the show. In fact we will have five times as many pins at PLAY Expo Blackpool this year!

Northern Lights Pinball have been with us since our very first expo in Blackpool back in 2010 and we’re thrilled to announce they will be joining us again in Blackpool this October and will be bringing 50 pinballs tables to the show.

As with our arcade cabinets, all of these games will be set to free-play. Time to get those bumper fingers warmed up!

Nov
4
Sun
2018
Shorty’s 21st Annual Pinball Tournament @ Shorty's
Nov 4 all-day
Shorty's 21st Annual Pinball Tournament @ Shorty's | Seattle | Washington | United States

Seattle’s longest running pinball tournament! This will be the last Shorty’s Annual at this location (they are moving down the street)!

Hosted by Germain Mariolle and Dwayne Collins, with special guest commentators Todd “Big Mac” MacCulloch and “Mr Boom Shakalaka” Tim Kitzrow!

For the qualifying part, we will have an a 4 player style Matchplay qualifying similar to the Emerald City cup (Balanced pairing, 7-5-3-1 scoring, 7-4-1 in case of 3 players group, game and position on game chosen at random). We will run UP TO 8 Matchplay rounds (less if attendance is putting us behind schedule, no qualifying round would start after 7:15PM).

The top 16 players (Tie breaker based on most 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finish in that order, if needed ranking from previous rounds will be used) at the end of the qualifying would move on to a seeded Head-to-Head single elimination bracket best out of 3 finals!

Similar to the previous format, the game will be chosen at random with position of play chosen by the winner of a coin flip. The loser then get to choose position for the next match in the best of 3. First person to win 2 match moves onto the next round. The format continues until the winner is decided.

Winner of the looser bracket would need to win against winner with 2 consecutive best out of 3 rounds.

Grand finals will be played on the prize machine.

Nov
9
Fri
2018
Free Play Florida @ Caribe Royale Resort
Nov 9 – Nov 11 all-day
Free Play Florida @ Caribe Royale Resort | Orlando | Florida | United States

Free Play Florida is an exciting three day event that encompasses a complete pinball, arcade, and console gaming experience. All of your classic and current pinball and arcade games will be on display for you to play, join the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) sanctioned Main, Classics & Women’s pinball tournament and compete with the best in the state of Florida, sit in on our speaker panels that include industry icons, and visit our valued vendors selling parts, memorabilia, and some of the coolest themed art on the planet!

Free Play Florida is brought to you by Byte Amusement Group, Inc. Byte Amusement Group is a 501c3 Organization, with the objective to produce educational, family oriented events whose proceeds provide charitable assistance to local non-profit organization and people in need. To seek living individuals of historical significance in the creation, art, and manufacturing of amusement machines and allow them to relate their stories through a public venue; to provide educational opportunities about pinball, arcade and consoles, including mathematics, physics, electricity, and the history as reflected in the technology and art of amusement machines.

Chicagoland Show @ Pheasant Run Resort
Nov 9 all-day
Arcadia @ Dürer Event Center
Nov 9 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 11 @ 8:00 pm
Arcadia @ Dürer Event Center | Budapest | Hungary

The first one was visited by 2000. The second attracted 3000 people. This year you really shouldn’t miss it… 🙂 Stardust, childhood and magic arises: on the first weekend of november ARCADIA returns!

TO ARCADIA, WE EXPECT EVERYONE, WHO…

…has never been to the most popular arcade exhibition in Europe, The Budapest Pinball Museum yet would love to go back in time. (We will pay tribute to the past, among others, the 80’s, the time we were waiting for miracles, (it was the time we already had MTV and still had house parties and we mixed the both together,
… has already been to the museum but yearns for something even more grandiose,
… loves events with a family atmosphere, yet with thousands of enthusiastic visitors,
… appreciates exhibitions where some 300 arcade machines are there set to free play

Just like before, we’ll have specialties, heart-warming favourites of our childhood, and real vintages, as well. Unlike before: one more room, even more machines and surprises!

Nov
10
Sat
2018
DPO Expo @ De Voorste Venne
Nov 10 – Nov 11 all-day
DPO Expo @ De Voorste Venne | Drunen | Noord-Brabant | Netherlands

DPO is the biggest pinball event in The Netherlands, if you are in any way involved in pinball it’s a must-visit event. What to expect?

  • About 150 games, all on free play
  • Main tournament (open entry, anyone can join)
  • Various ‘side-games’, such as the classics match
  • Lectures
  • Vendors

These are the prices for entry to the DPO Expo and for the tournaments:

  • Entrance Saturday: € 15,00;
  • Entrance Sunday: € 15,00;
  • Entrance Weekend : € 30,00;
  • Participation main tournament: € 20,00 (excl. entrance);
  • Participation ladies tournament: € 10,00 (excl. entrance);
  • Participation kids tournament (max 15 yr): € 0,00 (excl. entrance);
  • Entry Classic Match: € 3,00 per entry (3 pinballs, 3 balls per game);
  • Participation Swiss match: € 5,00 (no pre-sale, excl. entrance);
  • Package deal 1 (only pre-sale, before October 1st): weekend entrance + special DPO shirt + poster: € 50,00;
  • Package deal 2 (only pre-sale, before October 1st): weekend entrance + main tournament + special DPO shirt + poster: € 70,00;
  • Kids up to 11 years of age get free entrance, they need to be accompanied by an adult (max. 3 children per adult).
Horrorhouse Fest Pinball Tournament of Death @ Hyperspace Arcade
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Horrorhouse Fest Pinball Tournament of Death @ Hyperspace Arcade | Lakewood | Colorado | United States

Now in it’s sixth year and co-sponsored by Spooky Pinball and Pinside, the 2018 Horrorhouse Fest Pinball Tournament of Death is now at a brand new and totally amazing location in Denver, Colorado.

With a unique spin on the pinball tournament, imagine walking through a haunted house with each room themed on the pinball machines in them. Hyperspace, Denvers largest and most amazing retro themed arcade will be hosting, and not only will patrons be able to dive into our crazy one-night haunted house, but they will also be able to take part in Parsec, which is the Hyperspace yearly arcade event. Plus, the grand prize winner will be going home with an actual arcade game TBA!!!

Please note that entrance fee to Hyperspace does not include entrance to Horrorhouse Fest.

Nov
12
Mon
2018
IAAPA Attractions Expo @ Orange County Convention Center
Nov 12 – Nov 16 all-day
IAAPA Attractions Expo @ Orange County Convention Center | Orlando | Florida | United States

Conference from Monday 12th to Friday 16th, trade show from Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th.

Deliver compelling guest experiences and build on your success at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018. You’ll discover fun, future trends, and the forward thinking it takes to increase attendance, grow revenue, and deliver the cutting-edge entertainment today’s guests demand. Here, you’ll see what’s next, learn what’s new, and hear what’s working from peers and leaders from around the globe.

Nov
30
Fri
2018
Romanian Pinball Open 2018 @ Sports Mercury Bar
Nov 30 – Dec 2 all-day
Romanian Pinball Open 2018 @ Sports Mercury Bar | București | Municipiul București | Romania

More details to be announced in September, but this is the annual Romanian Pinball Open and IFPC ECS qualifying event.

Jan
15
Tue
2019
EAG International @ ExCel London Exhibition Centre
Jan 15 – Jan 17 all-day
EAG International @ ExCel London Exhibition Centre | England | United Kingdom

The annual UK amusement and coin-op trade show is bacckk at ExCel London in the Docclands area of the capital.

Often a launchpad for various companies’ new releases, expect a presence from Stern Pinball on the Electrocoin stand, Jersey Jack and Chiccago Gaming on the Pinball Heaven stand, and some surprise pinball-related products.

Mar
15
Fri
2019
Arcade Expo @ Museum of Pinball
Mar 15 @ 2:30 pm – Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm
Arcade Expo @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

Arcade Expo returns at the Museum of Pinball in Banning, CA with over 1,100 pinball and arcade machines on free play.

Also the opportunity for open-air gaming day and night in the starcade, Kong Off , a silent auction and a swap meet on Saturday.

Mar
22
Fri
2019
Dutch Pinball Masters @ NFV Clubhouse
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day
Dutch Pinball Masters @ NFV Clubhouse | 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.

Held at the Dutch Pinball Association (NFV) Clubhouse in Veenendaal, there are also free play practice machines and a cafe/bar on-site.

Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day
Mar
26
Tue
2019
Amusement Expo @ Las Vegas Convention Center,
Mar 26 – Mar 28 all-day
Amusement Expo @ Las Vegas Convention Center, | Las Vegas | Nevada | United States

The annual sprint amusement and coin-op trade show returns to Las Vegas in 2019. Conferences begin on Tuesday 26th, with the show starting a day later and running into Thursday.

There is usually an IFPA tournament held at the same time, and entry to the tournament gives free entry to the trade show too.

May
3
Fri
2019
German Pinball Open @ Feierwerk
May 3 – May 5 all-day
German Pinball Open @ Feierwerk | München | Bayern | Germany

The third major pinball event in Munich since those in 2003 & 2006.

More Information coming soon.

May
31
Fri
2019
Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day
Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center | Tacoma | Washington | United States

Around 400 pinball and video games fill the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center’s hall along with multiple tournaments and a wide variety of vendors, while seminars take place in the lobby outside.

See our reports from the past few years in the Shows section for a good overview.

Note that the 2019 dates are a week earlier in the year than in the past couple of years, avoiding clashes with other US shows.

Jul
12
Fri
2019
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center
Jul 12 – Jul 14 all-day
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

Same location as the previous three years but dates have changed from usual mid-June due to hotel scheduling conflicts.

Hotel rooms available for $129 per night.  Book early as these usually sell out.

Online registration is now open, but only for full three-day passes at the time of writing.

 

Aug
23
Fri
2019
UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel
Aug 23 – Aug 25 all-day
UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel | England | United Kingdom

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

More than 100 machines are expected, with more details on special announcements nearer the time

VIP-only sessions are held on Friday and Saturday evenings, and a tournament is also planned.

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