PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Oct
16
Wed
2019
35th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore
Oct 16 – Oct 20 all-day
35th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore | Wheeling | Illinois | United States

Pinball Expo returns to the Westin Chicago North Shore for the 35th anniversary in 2019, including the Stern Pinball factory tour, a huge seminar schedule, an 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
8
Fri
2019
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Millennium Maxwell House Hotel
Nov 8 – Nov 10 all-day
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Millennium Maxwell House Hotel | Nashville | Tennessee | United States

Welcome to the GRAND OLE GAMEROOM EXPO, Nashville’s annual Arcade, Pinball, and Video Game Expo. We are back for year four at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville November 8-10, 2019.

The Grand Ole Gameroom Expo is a public event for gamers of all ages. Join us for a weekend packed with over 200 arcade and pinball games all set to free play. Play classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, Centipede, Ms Pac-Man, Double Dragon, Street Fighter II, and many others. Also play many classic pinball games like Black Knight, The Addams Family, and even some of the latest pinball games from Stern like Aerosmith, Star Wars, Deadpool, and Black Knight Sword of Rage. We also have air hockey, skeeball, and other family friendly games.

The Expo also has over 80 game consoles spanning the Atari 2600 to the latest Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, and Playstation VR. There are multiple tournaments for casual players and competitive players on games like Super Smash Bros and Mortal Kombat 11, and we host the largest IFPA pinball tournament in Tennessee.

Nov
15
Fri
2019
Houston Arcade & Pinball Expo @ Houston Marriott Westchase
Nov 15 – Nov 16 all-day
Houston Arcade & Pinball Expo @ Houston Marriott Westchase | Houston | Texas | United States

There will be over 300 classic and current coin-op pinball machines, video arcade games, penny arcades, and console video games ready for attendees to play on free play or buy them for their home.

There will be tournaments, events, music and workshops to keep the young and young-at-heart entertained.

 

 

Nov
22
Fri
2019
Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate
Nov 22 – Nov 24 all-day
Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States

Greater Cincinnati’s first annual pinball show featuring over 100 machines from local collections. All machines will be set for free play, so leave your quarters at home. 2018’s show and tournament will occur at the Holiday Inn Hotel of Eastgate.

Machines from the ’70s through the present will be well represented. Several machines will be available for purchase with contact and pricing listed on these machines.

Tickets will be limited to avoid overcrowding. Buy early to guarantee your spot. If the show does not sell out in advance, tickets will be sold at the door. If tickets do sell out prior to the show, the website will be updated to reflect such. Free entry for children 12 and under (1 per paying adult). IFPA approved tournaments will be held Friday and Saturday, with a gauntlet style tournament Sunday.

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
20
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Dutch Pinball Masters @ NFV Clubhouse - To Be Confirmed
Mar 20 – Mar 22 all-day
CANCELLED - 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.

May
15
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – German Pinball Open 2020 @ Stadthalle Gifhorn
May 15 – May 17 all-day
CANCELLED - 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”:

Jun
6
Sat
2020
CANCELLED – Flippermania 2020 @ Pinball Universe
Jun 6 – Jun 15 all-day
CANCELLED - 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!

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

Note: The 2020 physical event is cancelled, but a virtual on-line series of events is available on YouTube and Facebook:
http://southernfriedgameroomexpo.com/virtual-sfge-schedule/

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
POSTPONED – Bavarian Pinball Championship 2020
Jul 18 @ 1:00pm
POSTPONED - 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
CANCELLED – UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel
Aug 28 – Aug 30 all-day
CANCELLED - 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.

Sep
5
Sat
2020
Austria Comic Con @ Messe Wels
Sep 5 – Sep 6 all-day
Austria Comic Con @ Messe Wels | Wels | Oberösterreich | Austria

The Austria Comic Con is a regular event in Austria with around 25.000 visitors.

For the last four years there has been a large pinball area at the event. In 2020 there will be an area with around 500m² full of pinballs and arcades games organizsed by RS-Pinball and the Vöcklabrucker Flipper Sport Verein – FlippArena.

As last year, there will be a lot of new games such as Rick and Morty from Spooky Pinball, Heist and others from Multimorphic, as well as the latest from Jersey Jack Pinball, Stern Pinball, American Pinball and others.

Some pinball tournaments will also be organised across the weekend.

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

UPDATE: The physical show is cancelled, but there will be a full schedule of seminars, factory tours and interviews on the pinballexpo.com website over the same dates as the show.

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
CANCELLED – Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Wilson County Expo Center
Nov 13 – Nov 15 all-day
CANCELLED - Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Wilson County Expo Center | Lebanon | Tennessee | United States

Welcome to the GRAND OLE GAMEROOM EXPO, Nashville’s annual Arcade, Pinball, and Video Game Expo. We are back for year four at a new 50,000 sq ft venue in Lebanon on November 13th-15th, 2020. The Wilson County Exposition Center opened in December 2019 and hosted Brick Universe (Lego) in January 2020.

The Grand Ole Gameroom Expo is a public event for gamers of all ages. Join us for a weekend packed with over 200 arcade and pinball games all set to free play. Play classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, Centipede, Ms Pac-Man, Double Dragon, Street Fighter II, and many others. Also play many classic pinball games like Black Knight, The Addams Family, and even some of the latest pinball games from Stern like Aerosmith, Star Wars, Deadpool, and Black Knight Sword of Rage. We also have air hockey, skeeball, and other family friendly games.

The Expo also has over 80 game consoles spanning the Atari 2600 to the latest Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, and Playstation VR. There are multiple tournaments for casual players and competitive players on games like Super Smash Bros and Mortal Kombat 11, and we host the largest IFPA pinball tournament in Tennessee.

Show hotels and room blocks have not yet been worked out, but details will be announced on the show website as soon as they are known.

Dec
4
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate
Dec 4 – Dec 6 all-day
CANCELLED - Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States

Greater Cincinnati’s first annual pinball show featuring over 120 machines from local collections. All machines will be set for free play, so leave your quarters at home.

Machines from the ’70s through the present will be well represented. Several machines will be available for purchase with contact and pricing listed on these machines.

Tickets will be limited to avoid overcrowding. Buy early to guarantee your spot. If the show does not sell out in advance, tickets will be sold at the door. If tickets do sell out prior to the show, the website will be updated to reflect such. Free entry for children 12 and under (1 per paying adult). IFPA registered tournaments will be held Friday and Saturday, with a gauntlet style tournament Sunday. There will also be an IFPA registered Women’s tournament on Sunday.

Mar
17
Wed
2021
POSTPONED – Enada Primavera @ Rimini Expo Centre
Mar 17 – Mar 19 all-day
POSTPONED - Enada Primavera @ Rimini Expo Centre | Rimini | Emilia-Romagna | Italy

The gaming world once again has an appointment at Rimini Expo Centre for the trade’s reference expo, ENADA PRIMAVERA from 17th to 19th March, 2021, for its 33rd edition, the most important expo for southern European trade members.

Organized by IEG Italian Exhibition Group and promoted by SAPAR, Italian Association of coin-op entertainment machines, with the support of EUROMAT and in collaboration with the main trade associations.

Jun
29
Tue
2021
Amusement Expo @ South Hall 1, Las Vegas Convention Center
Jun 29 – Jul 1 all-day
Amusement Expo @ South Hall 1, Las Vegas Convention Center | Las Vegas | Nevada | United States

The 2021 Amusement Expo International is the annual event for the coin-op and revenue-generating amusement, music and family entertainment industry.

The format will begin with a full day of education sessions beginning on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. These compelling educational sessions will address timely topics and provide useful information for all who attend. Two full days of exhibit time will follow on Wednesday, June 30, and Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Aug
20
Fri
2021
RE-SCHEDULED Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center
Aug 20 – Aug 22 all-day
RE-SCHEDULED Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

Note: New dates 20th-22nd August 2021

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

The Expo is held June 11th-13th 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.

Hotel rooms available through the website. Book early as these usually sell out.

Aug
27
Fri
2021
UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel
Aug 27 – Aug 29 all-day
UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel | England | United Kingdom

After the cancellation of the 2020 event, 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.

Sep
9
Thu
2021
Cleveland Pinball and Arcade Show @ Holiday Inn Cleveland-S Independence
Sep 9 – Sep 12 all-day
Cleveland Pinball and Arcade Show @ Holiday Inn Cleveland-S Independence | Independence | Ohio | United States

NOTE: Only date and location for 2021 have been announced so far.  More details will follow on the show website.

The Cleveland Pinball and Arcade Show will be four fun-filled days of pinball machines, arcade games, toys, and all things classic gaming! All of the games present will be set on FREE PLAY for the weekend. There will be 100 pinball machines and 30+ classic arcade games for you to enjoy with your paid admission.

Some game may be available for purchase at the show.

The show will also be hosting an IFPA-backed pinball tournament, which is a great, friendly competition that is open to novice and advanced players alike.

As if that weren’t enough, we will be having guest speakers from your favorite pinball manufacturers, games located in the hallway outside of the general game room will be available 24 hours for hotels guests, a flea market, and much much more!

Oct
27
Wed
2021
37th Pinball Expo @ Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
Oct 27 – Oct 30 all-day
37th Pinball Expo @ Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel | Schaumburg | Illinois | United States

NOTE: New location

After last year’s Virtual Pinball Expo, for 2021 the longest-running pinball show moves to a new home at the Renaissance Convention Center & Hotel in the city of Schaumburg.

Schaumburg is much nearer Chicago O’Hare airport than the previous location at the Westin in Wheeling, while the main show hall has expanded to 70,000 sq ft, almost three times the size of the main vendor hall at the Westin.  There are also dedicated seminar rooms and multiple meeting spaces in hotel and attached Convention Center.

Booking for the show and the hotel rooms opens at the end of October 2020.

Oct
29
Fri
2021
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Wilson County Expo Center
Oct 29 – Oct 31 all-day
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Wilson County Expo Center | Lebanon | Tennessee | United States

Welcome to the GRAND OLE GAMEROOM EXPO, Nashville’s annual Arcade, Pinball, and Video Game Expo. We are back for year four at a new 50,000 sq ft venue in Lebanon on October 29th – 31st, 2021. The Wilson County Exposition Center opened in December 2019 and hosted Brick Universe (Lego) in January 2020.

The Grand Ole Gameroom Expo is a public event for gamers of all ages. Join us for a weekend packed with over 200 arcade and pinball games all set to free play. Play classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, Centipede, Ms Pac-Man, Double Dragon, Street Fighter II, and many others. Also play many classic pinball games like Black Knight, The Addams Family, and even some of the latest pinball games from Stern like Aerosmith, Star Wars, Deadpool, and Black Knight Sword of Rage. We also have air hockey, skeeball, and other family friendly games.

The Expo also has over 80 game consoles spanning the Atari 2600 to the latest Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, and Playstation VR. There are multiple tournaments for casual players and competitive players on games like Super Smash Bros and Mortal Kombat 11, and we host the largest IFPA pinball tournament in Tennessee.

Show hotels and room blocks have not yet been worked out, but details will be announced on the show website as soon as they are known.

Nov
13
Sat
2021
Houston Arcade Expo @ Houston Marriott Westchase
Nov 13 – Nov 14 all-day
Houston Arcade Expo @ Houston Marriott Westchase | Houston | Texas | United States

There will be over 300 classic and current coin-op pinball machines, video arcade games, penny arcades, and console video games ready for attendees to play on free play or buy them for their home.

There will be tournaments, events, music and workshops to keep the young and young-at-heart entertained.

 

 

Dec
3
Fri
2021
Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate
Dec 3 – Dec 5 all-day
Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States

Greater Cincinnati’s first annual pinball show featuring over 120 machines from local collections. All machines will be set for free play, so leave your quarters at home.

Machines from the ’70s through the present will be well represented. Several machines will be available for purchase with contact and pricing listed on these machines.

Tickets will be limited to avoid overcrowding. Buy early to guarantee your spot. If the show does not sell out in advance, tickets will be sold at the door. If tickets do sell out prior to the show, the website will be updated to reflect such. Free entry for children 12 and under (1 per paying adult). IFPA registered tournaments will be held Friday and Saturday, with a gauntlet style tournament Sunday. There will also be an IFPA registered Women’s tournament on Sunday.

Mar
15
Tue
2022
Amusement Expo @ South Hall 1, Las Vegas Convention Center
Mar 15 – Mar 17 all-day
Amusement Expo @ South Hall 1, Las Vegas Convention Center | Las Vegas | Nevada | United States

The 2022 Amusement Expo International is the annual event for the coin-op and revenue-generating amusement, music and family entertainment industry.

AAMA (American Amusement Machine Association) and AMOA (Amusement & Music Operators Association) have teamed up as co-sponsors to develop a 3-day program that brings new technologies, networking possibilities, and and information education all under one roof.

The format will begin with a full day of education sessions beginning on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. These compelling educational sessions will address timely topics and provide useful information for all who attend. Two full days of exhibit time will follow on Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17, 2022.

In the last years, the Amusement Expo International has co-located with the NBVA (National Bulk & Vending Association) and the Laser Tag Convention.

Jul
15
Fri
2022
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center
Jul 15 – Jul 17 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 15th-17th 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.

Hotel rooms available through the website. Book early as these usually sell out.

Oct
19
Wed
2022
38th Pinball Expo @ Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
Oct 19 – Oct 22 all-day
38th Pinball Expo @ Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel | Schaumburg | Illinois | United States

For 2022 the longest-running pinball show continues at its new home at the Renaissance Convention Center & Hotel in the city of Schaumburg.

Schaumburg is much nearer Chicago O’Hare airport than the previous location at the Westin in Wheeling, while the main show hall has expanded to 70,000 sq ft, almost three times the size of the main vendor hall at the Westin.  There are also dedicated seminar rooms and multiple meeting spaces in hotel and attached Convention Center.

Nov
11
Fri
2022
Houston Arcade Expo @ Houston Marriott Westchase
Nov 11 – Nov 13 all-day
Houston Arcade Expo @ Houston Marriott Westchase | Houston | Texas | United States

20th Anniversary Arcade Party BASH!!!

BRING A GAME and you will get in free for the weekend.

If you’ve never been to the Houston show, it’s one hell of a fun weekend we promise you won’t forget – or maybe you will, because it’s THAT much fun! So come on down to Houston and let us show everyone some Texan hospitality where you’ll meet some great local collectors and make new friends along the way!

Fri:12pm-2am
Sat:10am-2am
Sun 10am-2pm

 

 

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