PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Aug
19
Sat
2017
UK Pinball Open @ Special When Lit
Aug 19 – Aug 20 all-day

£30 entry for Open and Classic tournaments. Qualifying Saturday, play-offs Sunday.

Nov
18
Sat
2017
UK Pinball League Finals @ Special When Lit
Nov 18 – Nov 19 all-day
UK Pinball League Finals @ Special When Lit | United Kingdom

Side tournament in addition to main UK Pinball League finals.

League finals for qualified players only.  Qualification through regional leagues through the previous year.

Dec
9
Sat
2017
Festive Pinball Gathering @ Special When Lit
Dec 9 – Dec 10 all-day
Feb
27
Tue
2018
Amusement Expo International @ Las Vegas Convention Center
Feb 27 – Mar 1 all-day
Aug
25
Sat
2018
Canadian National Exhibition Pinball Championship @ Canadian National Exhibition
Aug 25 – Aug 26 all-day
Canadian National Exhibition Pinball Championship @ Canadian National Exhibition | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Back by popular demand!  For the second year in a row, the CNE’s middle weekend will be home to the CNE Gaming Garage! The CNE Gaming Garage is the place to play and watch eSports and Pinball.  Visitors can compete alongside players of all skill levels for the chance to win a cash prize.

The Gaming Garage space will also include Video Game Developers and Exhibitors, a Tabletop Games for CNE visitors to play their favourite board game, and much more!

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
10
Sat
2018
Horrorhouse Fest Pinball Tournament of Death @ Hyperspace Arcade
Nov 10 @ 7:00pm – 11:30pm
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.

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Monster Pinball Meet @ Flip Out London
Dec 1 – Dec 2 all-day
Monster Pinball Meet @ Flip Out London | England | United Kingdom

There will be a full IFPA competition on each day and another over the two.

On Saturday there will be a head-2-head tournament, Sunday will be played in groups of 4. More details will be sent out to those who register. Registration for Flip Out London members is just £6 for both days. Non-Members are also welcome to attend either day at a cost of £15, or £25 for both days. A free T-shirt will be given to all competitors and there will be trophies!

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
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.

Nov
30
Sat
2019
2nd Birthday Monster Meet @ Flip Out London
Nov 30 – Dec 1 all-day
2nd Birthday Monster Meet @ Flip Out London | England | United Kingdom

Flip Out London are proud to announce our second annual ‘Monster Pinball Meet’ to celebrate our 2nd birthday over the weekend of Nov 30th / Dec 1st! There will be a full IFPA competition on each day and another over the two days.

On Saturday there will be a head-2-head tournament, Sunday will be played in groups of 4. More details will be sent out to those who register. Registration for Flip Out London members is just £6 for both days. Non-Members are also welcome to attend either day at a cost of £15, or £25 for both days. A free T-shirt will be given to all competitors and, as always… There will be trophies!

Dec
13
Fri
2019
Festive Pinball Gathering @ Special When Lit
Dec 13 – Dec 15 all-day
Festive Pinball Gathering @ Special When Lit

Friday 13th December, 18:30-22:00
Friday evening social – £5 per person; £3 for children under 16.

Saturday 14th December, 11:30-19:00
Festive Classics tournament – £10 per person; £6 for children under 16.
Format: Head-to-head play; Five Strike Knockout on the classic games.
Note: There will be no practice on machines in the Classic tournaments but you are free to practice on any other machines.
Registration 11:30 am for 12 noon start.

Sunday 15th December, 11:00-18:00 (qualifying 11:00-15:00)
Main tournament – £10 per person, £6 for children under 16.
Format: Play two qualification games on eight machines of your choice. The top 16 qualify (or even numbered just less than 50% if less than 32 players) for head-to-head play consisting of best of five games (may change to best of three depending on numbers).

Note: Social visits are welcome but no classic play possible on Saturday during the tournament and you may be asked to vacate a machine on Sunday if tournament players require it. Social visit cost is £10 per person, £6 for children under 16.

Please email peter@specialwhenlit.co.uk to confirm you place. State which day or both days.

Jun
5
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
Jun 5 – Jun 7 all-day
CANCELLED - Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center | Tacoma | Washington | United States

This is our 12th year and it’s one of the biggest and smoothest running shows in the world!
-Featuring over 400 pinball and arcade games from the 1950s to the newest games!
-5 pinball tournaments!
-Over a dozen satellite pinball tournaments leading up to the show where you can win prizes, weekend passes, and tournament entries!
-The Northwest Show draws over 4,000 collectors, players and fans of classic coin-op games!
-Top national and local vendors and sponsors!
-One of the best seminar and speaker lineups of any show, run by our top notch video and audio team!
-World record high score attempts!
-Tons of raffle items, prizes and merch! Win a pinball or arcade game each day the show!
-Dozens of one of a kind homebrew games, whitewoods, prototypes, rare games and the debut of newest games from pinball and arcade manufacturers!
-Nice modern air conditioned convention center with 2 hotels within a block of the venue, situated near bars, restaurants and in a town with a dozen microbreweries, many within walking distance!

Jun
4
Fri
2021
CANCELLED – Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
Jun 4 – Jun 6 all-day
CANCELLED - Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center | Tacoma | Washington | United States

This is our 13th year and it’s one of the biggest and smoothest running shows in the world!
-Featuring over 400 pinball and arcade games from the 1950s to the newest games!
-5 pinball tournaments!
-Over a dozen satellite pinball tournaments leading up to the show where you can win prizes, weekend passes, and tournament entries!
-The Northwest Show draws over 4,000 collectors, players and fans of classic coin-op games!
-Top national and local vendors and sponsors!
-One of the best seminar and speaker lineups of any show, run by our top notch video and audio team!
-World record high score attempts!
-Tons of raffle items, prizes and merch! Win a pinball or arcade game each day the show!
-Dozens of one of a kind homebrew games, whitewoods, prototypes, rare games and the debut of newest games from pinball and arcade manufacturers!
-Nice modern air conditioned convention center with 2 hotels within a block of the venue, situated near bars, restaurants and in a town with a dozen microbreweries, many within walking distance!

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.

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