PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Nov
11
Sat
2017
BIAR PINBALL TOURNAMENT 2017 @ Biar Pinball Club
Nov 11 – Nov 12 all-day
BIAR PINBALL TOURNAMENT 2017 @ Biar Pinball Club | Biar | Comunidad Valenciana | Spain

Main and classics tournaments.  Limit of 64 players. Registration from midday (Spanish time) on September 4th, 2017.  Registration costs €60 and includes custom polo shirt and Saturday lunch.  To register, send e-mail to torneopinballbiar@gmail.com with: First name, Surnames, Address, Phone, Nickname & Country

See our report from the 2016 tournament.

Feb
10
Sat
2018
Mad 4 Pinball @ Morlacchi Dario
Feb 10 @ 10:00am – Feb 11 @ 6:00pm
Mad 4 Pinball @ Morlacchi Dario | Milano | Lombardia | Italy

Start Date: February 10, 2018 – 10 am
End Date: February 11, 2018 – 6 pm

Qualification:
Head to head match play
Max 15 rounds head to head
4 groups of max 16 players each
Best 20 players (5 per groups) advance to final rounds (1st ranked of each group get 1 bye)
With a number of participants less than 48, max 50% of players advance to final rounds

Final rounds:
PAPA Style Match Play with groups based on qualification ranking
1st – 2nd round : groups of 4 players (top 3 advance) (3 games – score 4,2,1,0)
3rd round : groups of 3 players (top 2 advance) (3 games – score 4,2,1)
Semifinal : head to head – best of 3 games
Final : 4 players – 1 game

TGP=100%

Mar
16
Fri
2018
Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites
Mar 16 – Mar 18 all-day
May
19
Sat
2018
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria
May 19 – May 20 all-day
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria | Madrid | Comunidad de Madrid | Spain

The tenth edition of the Madrid pinball tournament.

Modern and Classic tournaments.

Preferential hotel rates being negotiated.

Jun
23
Sat
2018
Italian Pinball Open @ QLASH House
Jun 23 – Jun 24 all-day
Italian Pinball Open @ QLASH House | Villorba | Italy
The tournament includes a Main Tournament inserted in the official Ifpa calendar and therefore valid for the Wppr ranking, but is also included in the calendar of the ICS 2018 National Circuit, constituting the fourth and the most important stage in terms of points and it will also be the Italian event for the Ecs European circuit (In these two cases, only the Main Tournament will be taken into account), constituting the only Italian stage of the circuit.
ITALIAN PINBALL OPEN (MAIN) – Tournament Format
MAIN TOURNAMENT
Start: Saturday, June, the 23rd 2018 End: Sunday, June, the 24th 2018
Max: 64 players
Subscription start from 1st April 2018
Together with the Italian Pinball Championship – IPO, there will also be an eSports tournament (“Hearthstone” invitational tournament with 8/16 participants) to also involve the public of professional players from both sports. But in addition to this, a tournament will also be played, that can bring these two worlds together and involve both of them: it is a challenge to Virtual Pinball, played on tablet stations, which is giving away an interesting prize for the winner, namely a brand new tablet!
Aug
17
Fri
2018
Buffalo Pinball Summer Open ’18 @ Sandy Beach Yacht Club
Aug 17 – Aug 19 all-day
Buffalo Pinball Summer Open '18 @ Sandy Beach Yacht Club | Grand Island | New York | United States

At the Buffalo Pinball Summer Open 2018, players will compete for cash prizes, trophies, points toward the annual Stern Pro Circuit standings and World Pinball Player Ranking points in this IFPA-endorsed event.

The event will consist of four tournaments: A single, main tournament (qualifying Friday and Saturday, finals Sunday), two classics tournaments (one Friday, one Saturday), and a women’s tournament (Sunday). The tournaments are open to people of all skill levels.

On the shore of the Niagara River, the Sandy Beach Yacht Club will provide a one-of-a-kind setting for this year’s tournament — just five miles from the brink of Niagara Falls.

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
9
Fri
2018
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Millennium Maxwell House Hotel
Nov 9 – Nov 11 all-day
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Millennium Maxwell House Hotel | Nashville | Tennessee | United States

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, Ghostbusters, Star Wars, and Guardians of the Galaxy. 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.

Arcadia @ Dürer Event Center
Nov 9 @ 2:00pm – Nov 11 @ 8:00pm
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).
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.

Feb
8
Fri
2019
European Championship Series Finals @ Bulls & Balls
Feb 8 – Feb 10 all-day
European Championship Series Finals @ Bulls & Balls | Fulda | Hessen | Germany

Details of tournament format and other tournaments to be confirmed.

Mar
1
Fri
2019
Louisville Arcade Expo @ Triple Crown Pavillion
Mar 1 – Mar 3 all-day
Louisville Arcade Expo @ Triple Crown Pavillion | Jeffersontown | Kentucky | United States

Do you remember arcades in shopping centers and malls filled with video games and pinball machines? Did you ever play Adventure on the Atari 2600? How about making a greeting card with an Apple II and using Print Shop? With hundreds of arcade and pinball machines on FREE PLAY and every console you can imagine up to 1999, the Louisville Arcade Expo is where you can relive all your memories. Best of all bring your family and show them how good you are at some real gaming.

All arcade games and pinball machines at Louisville Arcade Expo are on FREE PLAY so leave your quarters at home!

Mar
15
Fri
2019
Arcade Expo @ Museum of Pinball
Mar 15 @ 2:30pm – Mar 17 @ 7:00pm
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
Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day
May
3
Fri
2019
German Pinball Open @ Feierwerk München
May 3 – May 5 all-day
German Pinball Open @ Feierwerk München | München | Bayern | Germany

Friday 3.5.2019 – Sunday 5.5.2019
Over 50 pinball machines in free play and over 50 pinball machines in the tournament

Friday 3.5.2019 14:00 – 23:00
Qualification for the German Championship and Classic Tournament, Free Game

Saturday 4.5.2019 10:00 – 23:00
First and Main Round German Championship, Classic Tournament Qualification, Free Play

Sunday 5.5.2019 10:00 – approx. 16:00 o’clock
Final German championship, elimination and final class tournament, children’s tournament at noon, free play

Registration for the GPO starts from the end of February.

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 details coming soon.

May
18
Sat
2019
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria
May 18 – May 19 all-day
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria | Madrid | Comunidad de Madrid | Spain

The eleventh edition of the Madrid pinball tournament.

Modern and Classic tournaments.

Preferential hotel rates being negotiated.

Jun
15
Sat
2019
STR-Pinball Tournament @ Pinball Biar Association
Jun 15 – Jun 16 all-day
STR-Pinball Tournament @ Pinball Biar Association | Biar | Valencian Community | Spain

This year the STR-Pinball tournament will be held on June 15 and 16 at the facilities of the Pinball Biar Association.

Registration will open on April 22 at 12:00. Send an e-mail to pinboleandoporelmundo@gmail.com.

There is a limit of 54 participants.  This year we will eat at our headquarters – we will give more information about it later.

The price is €65, which includes food.

The tournament is included in the IFPA Spanish Series.  Also includes the new STR-Pinball game, Tokyo Perfect Drift.

Aug
9
Fri
2019
Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show @ Saratoga Regional YMCA
Aug 9 – Aug 10 all-day
Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show @ Saratoga Regional YMCA | Saratoga Springs | New York | United States

The show will feature approximately 50 pinball machines & arcade games from the past and present, all set on free play.  For one admission price, you are welcome to stay all day and play as much as you like for no additional cost. Many of the games available to play will also be for sale.

The show will also feature an indoor flea market with various pinball & arcade games and parts for sale, as well as a beginner-friendly pinball tournament.

There will also be a special exhibit featuring film memorabilia, including various original costumes and props from:

  • Once Upon a Time
  • Stargate Universe
  • Ender’s Game
  • Chronicles of Riddick
  • Electric Dreams
  • And more!
Sep
13
Fri
2019
Torneo de Pinball Ciudad de Salamanca @ IBB Hotel Recoletos Coco Salamanca
Sep 13 – Sep 15 all-day
Torneo de Pinball Ciudad de Salamanca @ IBB Hotel Recoletos Coco Salamanca | Salamanca | Castilla y León | Spain

This is the Spanish 2019 ECS qualifying tournament.

Details of 2019 event coming soon, but dates are confirmed.

Nov
2
Sat
2019
Buffalo Pinball Fall Brawl @ Resurgence Brewing
Nov 2 @ 1:00pm
Buffalo Pinball Fall Brawl @ Resurgence Brewing | Buffalo | New York | United States

Cost: $20 for A Division (for players IFPA ranked in the top 5,000)
$15 for B Division (all other players)

We have a generous anonymous donor who is willing to cover $10 of the entry fee for military veterans playing in this tournament. When submitting payment, please keep this discount in mind.

Separate prize pool for B division players!

Please note: tournament cost does not include cost to coin-up the games.

Pre-registration is HIGHLY encouraged as these tournaments typically sell out
Pre-register: Send payment via PayPal to buffalopinball@gmail.com (please send as “friends and family” or payment will be returned)

Tournament Format: Group match play, limited to 20 players. 4.5 hours of regular play time, with finals following. Finals will start at 6:30 p.m. for the top 6 qualifiers.

Finals: Top 6 will advance to playoffs, with the top 2 getting byes straight to the finals. Playoffs/finals are 3 games each round with 4, 2, 1, 0 scoring.

This is an official IFPA tournament for WPPR points.

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
9
Sat
2019
DPO Expo @ IJsselhallen
Nov 9 – Nov 10 all-day
DPO Expo @ IJsselhallen | Zwolle | Overijssel | Netherlands

The Dutch Pinball Open Expo 2019, the biggest pinball event in the Netherlands and home of the Dutch Pinball Open tournament, will take place in the new location of ‘de IJsselhallen’ in Zwolle.
On the 9th and the 10th of November all are welcome to play on the more than 100 games set to free-play, or attempt to go home with the title.

What to expect?

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

Mar
20
Fri
2020
POSTPONED – Arcade Expo @ Museum of Pinball
Mar 20 @ 2:30pm – Mar 22 @ 7:00pm
POSTPONED - Arcade Expo @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

FREEPLAY ON ALL 1,100 MACHINES:
Join us for three days of freeplay on over 1,100 retro to modern arcade games and pinball machines!

STARCADE at ARCADE EXPO 6:
Ever wanted to play retro games under the stars? This is your chance to enjoy tons of games out on the patio – not only at night, but also during the day!

GAME ROOM & ARCADE SWAP MEET/FLEA MARKET:
Saturday, March 16, 2019 (11 – 2pm). Sell your pinball, arcade, and game room related items – games, parts, artwork, etc.- no charge for space, no need to register. Load in / setup will be 10am and load out/tear down 2-3 pm.

Mar
28
Sat
2020
POSTPONED – STR-Pinball Tournament @ Pinball Biar Association
Mar 28 – Mar 29 all-day
POSTPONED - STR-Pinball Tournament @ Pinball Biar Association | Biar | Valencian Community | Spain

As every year, we return with our STR-Pinball Tournament sponsored by the company of our friends Orlando and Cristina.

This year will be the weekend of 28 and 29 March, the weekend before Easter. It will be held at the facilities of our association in Biar.

Registration can be done from now on: pinballbiar@gmail.com

We’ll have fantastic trophies sponsored by STR-Pinball.

This year we will eat at our headquarters. The price is €65 which includes food.

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.

Nov
21
Sat
2020
CANCELLED – DPO Expo @ ECC
Nov 21 – Nov 22 all-day
CANCELLED - DPO Expo @ ECC | Leiden | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

The Dutch Pinball Open Expo 2020, the biggest pinball event in the Netherlands and home of the Dutch Pinball Open tournament, will take place in the new location of the ECC (Event and Conference Centre) in Leiden.

On the 21st & 22nd of November all are welcome to play on the more than 100 games set to free-play, or attempt to go home with the title.

What to expect?

– More than 100 games, all on free play
– Main tournament (open entry, anyone can join)
– Various ‘side-games’ such as the classics tournament
– Seminars
– Vendors

Aug
13
Fri
2021
Saratoga Silverball Show @ Wilton Mall
Aug 13 @ 2:00pm – Aug 14 @ 9:00pm
Saratoga Silverball Show @ Wilton Mall | Saratoga Springs | New York | United States

Welcome to Upstate New York’s premier pinball showcase.

We’re proud to bring the lure of the Silverball to the capital region once more. All games are set to free play!

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Dates & Times:
Friday – August 13th, 2021 (2pm – 9pm)
Saturday – August 14th, 2021 (10am– 9pm)

Entry: $20 per person (per day), children ages 6 & under get in free. Cash is accepted at the door.

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