IFPA and Stern announce “King of the Ring” WWE® WrestleMania Pinball Tournament

10603756_10153391182314244_1862817376828538630_nStern Pinball, WWE and the International Flipper Pinball Association are teaming up to sponsor a Worldwide High-Score Tournament on WWE WrestleMania Pro and LE pinball machines. 

The tournament is open to players around the world and will begin on July 1, 2015 and end on December 31, 2015.

Players can enter by participating in IFPA-sanctioned King of the Ring events:

  • Authorized IFPA members will organize sanctioned tournament events.
  • The IFPA will establish the tournament settings for the WWE WrestleMania Pro and LE games used in sanctioned tournament events.
  • Authorized IFPA members will submit high scores from each sanctioned tournament event to the IFPA.
  • IFPA sanctioned events will take place in commercial locations approved by the IFPA. In-home events will not qualify. 
  • Authorized IFPA members will post high scores and event photos on the King of the Ring Facebook page.
  • All photos must include a picture of the player and their score on the DMD, accompanied by the hashtags: #WWEpinball and #kingofthering and include the name, city and country of the location of the event.
  • The player with the highest score will remain the King of the Ring until another player tops the score.
  • The player with the highest score as of midnight Chicago-time on December 31, 2015, will claim the "King of the Ring" title, trophy, tickets to a WWE event, and $500 in cash.
  • The top ten runner-ups will receive WWE pinball related prizes (signed translites, shirts, and more)

Contact the IFPA for more details, and to get your event involved in the campaign! We'll be keeping a live leaderboard along with any information on upcoming events HERE

Lamplighter Pub to host Guinness World Record pinball marathon attempt

guinessPinball champion Eden Stamm to start his flipper marathon September 8th

For over 60 years, Guinness World Records have inspired people to feats of endurance, creativity, and strength in the attempt to add their names to the list of world record holders. Donnelly Group is excited to support one of those crazy dreamers as on September 8th, champion pinballer Eden Stamm will attempt to break the record for the “longest pinball marathon”.

He will begin his playing marathon at 3:00PM on Tuesday, September 8th at The Lamplighter Public House in Gastown with the task of breaking the current record of 28 hours of consecutive play. He’s allowed to take a five minute break every hour and will be supported and encouraged around the clock as he attempts to break the record which has stood since 2007.

If the marathon goes to plan, Stamm will reach the recording-breaking time at 7:00pm on September 9th in the midst of The Lamplighter’s New Replay Pinball Tournament, the World’s largest weekly pinball tournament. “We’ve been hosting our own pinball tournaments for some time now and we had the idea of trying to break a pinball world record”, said Damon Holowchak of Donnelly Group. “When Eden agreed to be part of the record attempt we got in touch with Guinness to begin the process of applying to have our record attempt certified”.

Eden Stamm brings a genuine pinball pedigree to the record attempt, having competed at the highest levels for over a decade, including time spent as one of the top 10-ranked players in the world. He remains the reigning BC Champion and a regular winner on the pinball tournament circuit.

“We’re hoping to honour the Guinness Records, which were of course founded by the historic brewery, by setting a record in Vancouver’s most historic pub, and we’re looking forward to welcoming pinball players and fans to be part of this record attempt.”

In order to be certified as a record by Guinness, two witnesses will be required at all times throughout the attempt. Donnelly Group is building a schedule of record witnesses and is inviting those who would like be part of a record attempt, and pinball history, to contact Emma Shaw eshaw@donnellygroup.ca.

For more information about The Lamplighter and Donnelly Group, visit www.donnellygroup.ca.

SALAZAR Short Film “Wizard Mode” Released in Advance of Crowdfunding Campaign

vimeo_1000This August, SALAZAR released the short film, “Wizard Mode”, a sneak preview of their feature length documentary of the same name that will be crowdfunded in September in order to raise funds to complete the film. Since its release last week, the short film has garnered over 36,000 views on Vimeo and been featured in the Atlantic, the wellknown art blog Booooooom, and much more.

Wizard Mode is the story of Robert Gagno, one of the world’s best pinball players, who also happens to be autistic. As Robert comes of age while rising up the ranks of the international pinball circuit, he strives to gain his independence and transcend the label of autism. The story is presented by award-winning filmmaking team SALAZAR.

Robert is now sixth in the world and has dozens of pinball trophies to prove it. Wizard Mode tells the story of a person stigmatized by autism on a quest to live a fulfilling, independent and fun life
enriched by their wide range of interests and pursuits. The film hopes to stimulate a conversation around autism and contribute to the empowerment of those who are told from a young age that they can’t live “normal” satisfying existences. In order to reach wider audiences and find funding to ensure the film gets finished, SALAZAR is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo this September, with direct support from Vimeo & Indiegogo.

To watch the short film go to: https://vimeo.com/135844794 and to learn more about the film, check out our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Sara Wylie

World Pinball Player Rankings – Biggest Movers May, June, July 2015

world_pinball_player_rankings_wppr1The IFPA is pleased to announce that the following players saw the biggest jump in their world ranking between May and July 2015. 

May 2015:
Winston Tuttle from Edmonton, AB, Canada (up 10,512 spots), Chris Keller from Brentwood, MD (up 10,174 spots) and Brian Service from Trappe, PA (up 9925 spots).

June 2015:
Kendra Zien from Richmond, CA (up 15,702 spots), Peter Olive from Seattle, WA (up 12,582 spots) and Zach Amador from Seattle, WA (up 11,589 spots).

July 2015:
Tatiana Mora from Miami, FL (up 7851 spots), Wesley Hoyle from Lancaster, UK (up 7242 spots) and Stacey Borg from Melbourne, Australia (up 6058 spots).

IFPA’s Player of the Month for May, June and July 2015

world_pinball_player_rankings_wppr1The IFPA is pleased to announce our Player of the Month for May 2015 through July 2015:

May 2015 –> Steven Bowden (255.14 WPPR points)
June 2015 –> Francesco La Rocca (111.83 WPPR points)
July 2015 –> Germain Mariolle (122.92 WPPR points)

Congratulations to Steve, Francesco and Germain, along with the other top WPPR point earners over these months!

WWE SummerSlam Fan Experience NYC – Pinball Tournament

11845170_10153509840359244_2476956718141403137_oJoin Stern, IFPA and the WWE at the worlds largest toy store, Toys-R-Us Times Square on Friday, August 21st from Noon to 5pm! We will have WWE Wrestlemania Pinball setup on free play for you to enjoy as a part of the WWE SummerSlam Fan Experience! You might even meet a WWE Superstar!

All scores set on the machine at Toys-R-Us during this time are eligible for our "King of the Ring" promotion currently underway. Grand Prize is $500 cash, a playfield trophy and tickets to a WWE event!

Click HERE for details!


Zach Sharpe wins 1st Major Championship!

11802615_10153131307428380_1836392337302094952_o(photo courtesy of Zac Wollons)

In the history of competitive pinball, very few (24 in fact) have had the chance to call themselves a Major Champion. Like professional golf or tennis, the opportunity to join this elite club only happens four times a year. The Pinburgh 2015 final brought together three finalists looking to add their name to this list (Raymond Davidson, Kevin Birrell and Zach Sharpe), with Keith Elwin looking to capture his record 9th Major Championhip and 2nd of 2015.

Following a tiebreaker with Raymond Davidson on Ironman, it was Zach Sharpe who became the 25th Major Champion in competitive pinball history. Having been one game away from winning PAPA, IFPA and the EPC over the course of his career, the 800 pound gorilla as being "the best player to have never won a Major" is finally off Zach's back. This was also Zach's 7th top 4 finish at a Major, one of only six players to accomplish this in a career (Elwin, Kerins, Sheats, Engelbrektsson, Acciari are the others).

With his 3rd place finish Keith Elwin added to his record for the most top 4 finishes in Major Championships, expanding that total to 14. Raymond Davidson increased his top 4 finishes in Major Championships to 2, while Kevin Birrell entered the record books with his first top 4 Major Championship finish (the 76th player to do so).

To view the most current list of Major Championship stats, click HERE.

IFPA and POP Team Up For Charity Tournaments!

poplogo2blog post courtesy of Greg Dunlap

We are pleased to announce that September will be POP month at the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA)! Tournament directors around the country will be holding events to benefit POP and its mission to improve the lives of children by sharing the history and excitement of the game of pinball. The funds raised in September will go towards our high priority projects including purchasing a van to transport games for charity events, ongoing outreach projects, and day to day operations at POP HQ where pinball is offered for free to kids everyday. 

All IFPA rules regarding ranking and points will remain the same for these tournaments as any other tournament. The 30 day rule is in effect for this campaign.

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Ostrander Pinball Wizard Helping The Silver Ball Make A Comeback

pinball1CBS affiliate WBNS-10TV in Columbus, OH recently interviewed Trent Augenstein (ranked 8th in the world) on the pinball comeback. Click HERE to watch the video.

Flippin’ With the Greats – Grand Prize arrives!

robertAs part of Robert Gagno's dominating victories at both the IFPA US National Pinball Championship and the IFPA Pin-Masters, Robert won the Grand Prize from the 2014 Flippin' With the Greats campaign. His selection was a brand new Stern Mustang pinball machine.

Special thanks to Gridiron Support, Peters Billiards and Stern Pinball for helping us raise money for Coach Ditka's Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.

Plans are in the works for another FWTG campaign for 2015. As the football season approaches we'll be announcing those details on our site, so stay tuned.

IFPA State Championship Series – June 2015 Update!

ifpa state championship series v2We're nearly halfway through the 2015-16 IFPA State Championship Series season, and we couldn't be more excited about the continued growth of interest in the SCS. The inaugural SCS season saw 5235 players participate, while the 2014-15 season saw that number grow to 6690 players. The 2015-16 season is on pace to shatter that record with 5808 players having already competed within the first half of 2014.

We currently have 35 states included in the SCS, which will all culminate in the IFPA State Championship finals. These finals will all be held simultaneously on February 13th, 2016, with 560 finalists competing for not only a State Championship title, but also a spot in the IFPA US National Pinball Championship.

View the current SCS standings HERE.

For those players north of the US border, the IFPA Canada Provincial Championship Series is also currently in progress. Current standings for the Canada PCS are available HERE. A reminder that the Provincial Champions will also qualify to participate in the US National Championship starting in the 2015-16 season.

A reminder that the official satellite spots for the IFPA13 World Pinball Championship will come from the 2015-16 IFPA US National Pinball Championship, and the 2015-16 IFPA European Pinball Championship. The highest finisher in each final that has not yet qualified for IFPA13 will win a free spot into the World Championship.