Coast 2 Coast Pinball – Episode 109 “Second At PAPA, First In Your Heart, or An Evening With Josh Sharpe, Again”

c2c_LogoIFPA President Josh Sharpe (ranked 17nd in the world and falling) was recently interviewed by Coast 2 Coast Pinball host Nate Shivers (ranked 4210th in the world) to talk about the recent announcement of the changes to the WPPR system for 2015, the PAPA 17 World Championship, and much more! Check out the interview HERE.

Pinball wizards start local league to grow the game

542acf933c40e.imageThe Columbia Daily Tribune published an article about the Columbia Pinball League. Featured in the article is Adam McKinnie (ranked 100th in the world), Daniel Carpenter (ranked 877th in the world) and Josh Sharpe (ranked 17th in the world). Click HERE to read the article.

WPPR formula change for 2015!

world_pinball_player_rankings_wppr1As the landscape of competitive pinball has broadened, the IFPA is constantly investigating ways to make the World Pinball Player Rankings more accurate for how we rank players across the globe. This latest change to the formula is quite extensive, with a complete overhaul as to how the value of a tournament is calculated. These changes will be implemented starting January 1, 2015.

Below is an overview of changes for the new 2015 formula:

  • The point value for every tournament and/or league event — whether previously called Main, Side, League, Launch, Charity, Annual, Periodic, or otherwise — will be graded separately as a single, distinct event and count as one line item for a player's World Ranking resume.
  • The base point value for every event will no longer have a guaranteed 25-point minimum, and instead be based on the merit of the event's # of participants in addition to the quality of the event's format.
  • Events eligible for determining a player's World Ranking will be increased from the best 15 active events to the best 20 active events.  Events eligible for State, European, or country Championship series ranking will remain unlimited during the affected calendar year. 
  • Events that are three to four years old will be worth 25% of their original value instead of 0%.
  • There will be no limitations to how many events any particular location or organizer can hold, but there will be a minimum number of players required for any tournament that is listed as 'private' on the IFPA calendar in order to be endorsed by the IFPA for WPPR points.
  • The changes will NOT be retroactive: the original WPPR point values for events prior to 2015, and the combination of Main/Side tourneys and Periodic tourneys into single line items for World Ranking consideration will remain unchanged.
  • The Tournament Value Adjustment (TVA) mechanism will remain unchanged.


For full detailed information on the 2015 formula, click HERE.

The Walking Dead Pinball Launch Party – October 2014!

LAUNCH POSTER TWD_092914To celebrate the launch of The Walking Dead Pinball machine, Stern and the IFPA are teaming up to host 22 launch parties going on across the globe!

Click on the flyer to find the Launch Party nearest you, or visit the IFPA Calendar HERE!

There will be machines set up at each location on free play, with a cash prize tournament also being held throughout the party. Please see flyer for location information, and contact the IFPA at should you have any questions.

Pinball in Pittsburgh: a crucial fixture in the global community

54238c842bda1.imageThe Pitt News at the University of Pittsburgh published an article covering the competitive pinball scene in Pittsburgh. Featured in the article is Cryss Stephens (ranked 14th in the world), Christopher Meyers (ranked 1058th in the world) and Greg Galanter (ranked 240th in the world). Click HERE to read the article.

Flippin’ With the Greats Pinball League – next raffle October 6th!

unnamedThe FWTG Pinball League is offering up another beautiful Classic Slot Machine (courtesy of Peters Billiards) to be given away on Monday October 6.

This Vintage Slot will be awarded to a lucky FWTG League participant selected at random from the League (NFL) Division that gains the most new IFPA League Players before Oct 6th @ 9 pm CST.

Winning player will be responsible for any shipping charges (we will help coordinate a wholesale carrier), or the machine can be available for pick up in the Minneapolis or Chicago areas.

As an alternative prize, Gridiron Support is offering a set of (5) GGAF Hall of Fame Medallions with matching serial numbers, if the winning player declines the slot machine as their prize.

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2014 European Championship Series – Standings through Event #12

ifpa-european-championship-series1The inaugural IFPA European Championship Series is now through Event #12 out of 17, after Sweden hosted the Borås Pinball Open and Austria hosted the Austrian Pinball Open. Full results for the Borås Pinball Open are available HERE. Full results of the Austrian Pinball Open are available HERE.

An incredible 931 players have taken part in at least one ECS tournament, with 2-time World Pinball Champion Daniele Celestino Acciari taking over the lead from Michael Trepp by less that 1 WPPR points. The current ECS standings are available HERE.

The next ECS event takes players to Belgium, where the 2014 Belgian Open Pinball will be taking place October 4-5th. Details of that event are available HERE. The entire ECS schedule can be found HERE.

Pinball making a comeback in Northeast Ohio

pinball_1411509363148_8352204_ver1.0_640_480ABC5 news in Cleveland aired a piece last night on the resurgence of pinball in the Cleveland area. Featured in the video is Tommy Bizzi (ranked 487th in the world) and Jessie Carduner (ranked 1212th in the world). Click HERE to watch the video.

Global BC: Fraser Valley FlipOut

fvfGlobal BC news out in Vancouver talked with Fraser Valley Flipout organizer, Tommy Floyd (ranked 2171st in the world) and Emily Reilhan (ranked 2407th in the world) about the upcoming tournament. Click HERE to watch the video.

Flippin’ With the Greats League – Curtis Baker named Honorary Captain


As part of winning the Flippin' With the Greats League week #4 raffle, Curtis Baker received an autographed photo of Coach Ditka, a Bronze Ditka "Hall of Fame" Medallion, and a congratulatory letter from the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, naming him the "Honorary Captain"  of the 2014 Flippin' With the Greats competitive Pinball campaign.

The prizes continue with Tim Sexton winning the Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame Medallion set for best collective NFL team scoring in the NFC East this past weekend.

We will be planning our next raffle soon, so sign up for the FWTG League to make yourself eligible to win!

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