PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

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.

Arcade Expo @ Museum of Pinball
Mar 20 @ 2:30pm – Mar 22 @ 7:00pm
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
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!

Mar
28
Sat
2020
STR-Pinball Tournament @ Pinball Biar Association
Mar 28 – Mar 29 all-day
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.

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!

Pinbrewfest @ Metroplex Expo Center
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day
Pinbrewfest @ Metroplex Expo Center | Girard | Ohio | United States

PinBrew is a three-day fun filled event with the emphasis on pinball. Come join us at the show and for the price of the ticket you will be able to enjoy a full day or all three days playing over 100 pinball machines new and old. We will have a selection of arcade games there that you may have played in younger days as well. Our show combines the fun of games with great craft beers and local foods. Each day we will have different breweries set up giving you the opportunity to try a variety of their best brews.

We will be enjoying different foods from some of the region’s best Food trucks. Everything from barbecue to pierogis. Also, some of the areas best coffee will be represented there by Stonefruit Coffee Company.

And for you serious pinheads we will have vendors displaying some of the newest pinball machines, Mods and parts. There will be games there for sale that you can take home from the show. And plenty of tournaments for all you serious pinball wizards.

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
5
Fri
2020
Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
Jun 5 – Jun 7 all-day
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
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
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ New Venue - To Be Announced
Nov 13 – Nov 15 all-day
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ New Venue - To Be Announced | 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 a new 50,000 sq ft venue on November 13th-15th, 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.

Dec
4
Fri
2020
Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate
Dec 4 – Dec 6 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.

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