Nation’s Brightest Casting – Looking for pinball players!

ngchr0xn9zehngu4vvm6Nation's Brightest Casting is looking for the best and the brightest to come and compete on their show and they have extended this opportunity to the IFPA player base. 

About the show:
Contestants will come on and face a gauntlet of colossal mental challenges with the chance to win a huge cash prize. People who are great with puzzles, riddles and brain teasers are perfect show for this show!

Anyone interested in applying should email Nation's Brightest Casting at: 

casting@nationsbrightestcasting.com 

Applicants should include the following information in their email: 

Name
City/State
Phone Number
Email Address
Occupation
Recent Photo
How they heard about the casting
Short Bio
A detailed paragraph stating why they feel they are the nation's brightest 

Auditions are held weekly in our LA offices and over Skype!  

**THIS IS A NATIONWIDE CASTING CALL. 

**APPLICATIONS MUST BE 18+ YEARS OF AGE & A LEGAL US CITIZEN.

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

2015-16 European Championship Series – Standings through Event #6

ifpa-european-championship-series1The IFPA European Championship Series is through Event #6 out of 17 for the 2015-16 season.

A trio of Dutch players sit on top of the current ECS standings, with Paul Jongma having a 16 point lead over Albert Nomden for top position. John van der Wulp sits 21 points back. The current ECS standings are available HERE.

432 players have participated in the 2015-16 ECS so far this season, currently up 15% from the player count through Event #6 from last year's ECS.

The upcoming schedule of ECS events is available HERE.

KISS Pinball Launch Party – June 2015!

LAUNCH POSTER_KISS_061515 (1024x662) (800x517)To celebrate the launch of the KISS pinball machine, Stern and the IFPA are teaming up to host 28 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 ifpapinball@gmail.com should you have any questions.

Stern KISS Pinball Launch Party . . . IFPA looking for volunteers!

KISSproGAMEpageWe're looking to round up some volunteers to help us with hosting the Stern KISS Pinball Launch Party tournaments.

The date Stern is targeting is June 19th-21st weekend.

If you are interested in helping serve as an IFPA representative for a launch party in your city, please send me an email (ifpapinball at gmail dot com) including the city you live in. We'll then get that information to Stern to try and find a distributor/operator/location owner in your area to match you up with to get the party set up.

IFPA representative duties would include game setup at the site, along with running the tournament portion of the party.

IFPA12 World Pinball Championship – Final 4 in progress

LIVE Bracket is located here:  http://challonge.com/IFPA12

Click the match to view details of matches in progress

IFPA 12-Final Art Standings through Session #8 available HERE.

LIVE Streaming available at: http://www.twitch.tv/bitwalktv

Tie-breaker round currently in progress. 8 players for 4 spots for the 32nd place cut line to be played on Shrek. This will be on the live stream.

2015 Epstein Cup – LIVE Standings!

PrintEUROPE – 112 points
USA – 122 points

It takes 117.5 points to win the Epstein Cup

Team Europe:
Members –> Franck Bona, Mats Runsten, Paul Jongma, Michael Trepp, Jorian Engelbrektsson, Jorgen Holm, Daniele Acciari, Robert Sutter
Game Choices –> Lost World, World Cup Soccer, Scared Stiff

Team USA game choices:
Members –> Zach Sharpe, Josh Sharpe, Trent Augenstein, Cayle George, Bob Matthews, Adam Becker, Jon Replogle, Cryss Stephens
Game Choices –> Xenon, Radical, Metallica

Coast 2 Coast Pinball – Episode 163 “Sharpe Shooting or Tatsunori Naruke For The Win”

c2c_Logo IFPA President Josh Sharpe (ranked 15th in the world) was recently interviewed by Coast 2 Coast Pinball host Nate Shivers (ranked 2025th in the world) to talk about the WPPR v5.1 changes, Modern Pinball NYC's Super League and the upcoming IFPA12 World Pinball Championship. Check out the interview HERE.

Pinheadz Pinball Podcast – Interview with Josh Sharpe

PPP-COVER-SQIFPA President Josh Sharpe was recently interviewed for the latest edition of the Pinheadz Pinball Podcast out of Australia. Josh spoke with Greg Siegele on how to host a pinball tournament if you've never done it before. Click HERE to download the podcast.

World Pinball Player Rankings – Biggest Movers Decemeber 2014 – April 2015

world_pinball_player_rankings_wppr1The IFPA is pleased to announce that the following players saw the biggest jump in their world ranking between December 2014 and April 2015. 

December 2014:
Florian Hipp from Stuttgart, Germany (up 11,297 spots), Germain Mariolle from Redmond, WA (up 8910 spots) and Orion Smith from New York (up 7511 spots).

January 2015:
Ben Tesser from New York (up 7838 spots), James Hearsey from Seattle, WA (up 7717 spots) and Jono Sandilands from the UK (up 6938 spots).

February 2015:
Ace Madjlesi from Memphis, TN (up 12,262 spots), Casey Cuene from Milwaukee, WI (up 10,162 spots) and Jessica McHugh from Denver, CO (up 8181 spots).

March 2015: 
Cameron Austgen from Seattle, WA (up 3776 spots), Valerie Rader from St. Louis, MO (up 3755 spots) and Marcus Jeppsson from Sweden (up 3715 spots).

April 2015:
Robert Smith from Michigan (up 1052 spots), Brent Stiles from Cincinnati, OH (up 1042 spots) and Carlos Regis from Brazil (up 1018 spots).