IFPA12 World Pinball Championship – Registration is now OPEN!

IFPA 12-Final ArtThe IFPA is proud to announce that registration for the 12th Annual IFPA World Pinball Championship is now open! For more details check out the registration page HERE!

The initial invite list is open for the top 100 players in the World Pinball Player Rankings as of 1/1/2015. Based on the interest of the top 100, we may extend the invite list additional spots so please monitor the registration page at your leisure. Should you be interested, please send payment to the IFPA as your way of committing to attending the tournament. Should you not be interested, it is equally important that we know, so please send an email to the IFPA stating you will not be available to participate.

Should you have any questions about our qualifying process or to find out more information about the tournament, please contact the IFPA at ifpapinball@gmail.com.

Two of the 64 spots will also be available for the highest ranked finisher not already in the IFPA field at both the 2014-15 IFPA US National Pinball Championship and the 2014-15 IFPA European Pinball Championship.

The IFPA12 World Pinball Championship is sponsored by Stern Pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball, Raw Thrills, Farsight Studios, Betson Enterprises, Marco Specialties, Planetary Pinball Supply, Bay Area Amusements, Tilt Amusements, Play Meter Magazine, GameWorks, Zen Studios, Pinball Center, Specialty Coin, Happ Controls, Color DMD, Game Exchange of Colorado, the Amusement and Music Operators Association, the American Amusement Manufacturers Association and the Professional and Amateur Pinball Association.

2014 – IFPA State of the Union

With the 2014 pinball season coming to an end, the World Pinball Player Rankings continues to show no signs of slowing down within the competitive pinball community. We wanted to take a quick look back at the growth we've seen during 2014.

We're proud to say that the total number of players the IFPA is now ranking at the end of 2014 is 29,369. This represents a 34% growth from the end of 2013 where we had 21,882 players. In addition, the number of players that played in an IFPA endorsed tournament during 2014 was 13,353, up 36% from the number of players that were active during 2013.

We’ve also seen incredible growth in the number of tournaments popping up all over the world. Total number of events for 2014 was 2454, up 53% from last year.

The IFPA wishes to thank everyone in the competitive pinball community for continuing to support everything we do to spread the world about our incredible sport to the masses.

Jorian Engelbrektsson – World’s Greatest Pinball Player for 2014!

joeThe IFPA is proud to announce that Jorian Engelbrektsson has finished at #1 on the World Pinball Player Rankings, thus earning IFPA's top honor as the 2014 "World's Greatest Pinball Player". No single tournament victory will ever secure this title for a given year. Only consistent play at the highest level over the course of multiple years leads to players reaching the pinnacle of the World Pinball Player Rankings. This is the 2nd time that Jorian has been crowned the World's Greatest Pinball Player, having earned it back in 2009 as well. 

While Jorian's greatest achievement of 2014 was being crowned World Pinball Champion at IFPA11 in Denver, it was actually his 6th place finish in the Swedish Championships in November that pushed Jorian ahead of Keith Elwin for the top spot. It was the closest race for the World’s Greatest Pinball Player title in IFPA history (7.58 WPPR points, besting last year’s tight race of 7.92 WPPR points between Keith and Zach Sharpe). Besides his win at IFPA11, Jorian earned victories at the Danish Pinball Open, Pinball Expo Flip Out Tournament, Stockholm Open, Pre-IFPA Pinball Tournament at 1Up Lodo, Lyons Pinball Spring Classic and the Pre-Pinburgh Tournament at Doublewide Grill.

Overall, Jorian won 37% of the events he played in, while placing in the top 4 at 56% of his 2014 events, a truly remarkable achievement. Jorian will be given his award at the IFPA12 World Pinball Championship, scheduled for May 22-24, 2015 in Borås, Sweden. Congratulations to Jorian, and best of luck to everyone on the upcoming 2015 season in the race for #1.

Pinball Done Quick Premieres at AGDQ 2015

pdq ifpablog post courtesy of Joe Said

A new approach to competitive pinball piloted this week in conjunction with Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), an annual speed-run fundraising event for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The event, held at the Dulles Hilton in Virginia, has live-streamed video game speed runs 24 hours a day since January 4th and is scheduled to make its final run January 11th at approximately 12 AM

Speed-running is part of a competitive gaming evolution that originally credited a player’s “win” with the reward of initials on a game’s scoreboard at the local arcade. With the development of the console, games transitioned from leader-board objectives to game completion and gamers were left with the challenge of identifying a new way to compare their performance on their favorite games and to others in the competitive gaming community.   Speed-running provided the solution. 

Read more …

2014-15 IFPA State Championship Series – Registration is OPEN!

ifpa state championship series v2Qualifying for the 2nd annual IFPA State Championship Series is now complete, and it's now time for us to find our qualifiers for the 33 different IFPA State Championship finals. These finals will all be held simultaneously on February 7th, 2015, with 528 finalists competing for not only a State Championship title, but also a spot in the second annual IFPA US National Championship.

The final player count for the 2014-15 SCS reached 6690, up 28% from last year's total of 5235. View the final qualifying standings HERE.

IFPA State Representatives should be sending out emails to the top 50 from each state shortly. Important to note that if the IFPA does not have your email address on file, we have no way of being able to contact you. If you feel you should have received an invitation to one of the IFPA State Championships and did not, contact the IFPA immediately at ifpapinball@gmail.com, or Click HERE to edit your profile.

Registration for all 33 states closes on Tuesday, January 13th at 7pm CST. Any player that has not accepted their invitation by that time will be ineligible to participate.

Remember that no player is allowed to compete in multiple IFPA State Championships. Players that qualify for more than one IFPA State Championship will have to make their choice during this open period of registration. This will mean that many states will go far past the top 16 players in order to fill all 16 spots.

Any questions about the SCS, or anything IFPA related, please contact us at ifpapinball@gmail.com

Updated: As State Representatives alert us to who is attending, we will be updating this page.

It’s coming . . .

World Pinball Player Rankings update – closing out 2014 and WPPR v4.0

world_pinball_player_rankings_wppr1As we come to an end of another season, this particular season brings us some additional challenges with the changeover to our 2015 WPPR v5.0 system.

Up first is closing the books on 2014, and in order to do that we are asking that any organizer that has open tournament results submit those to us by the end of the weekend. Furthermore, any corrections to player misspellings, incorrect results, improper scoring issues, etc, all need to be addressed by the end of the weekend. Please take some time to review your own personal results to see if anything looks out of place.

Our plan is to lock down 2014 on January 5th, and use the standings at that time for IFPA World Championship qualifying purposes, as well as the other Championship Series purposes (State Championship Series, European Championship Series, etc). Any errors caught after that point in time will NOT impact the 2014 standings, although those changes will be reflected in the 2015 rankings going forward.

Please be patient if you notice 2015 results are not being approved and put into the WPPR system as quickly as you are accustomed to seeing. There is a ton of work involved in migrating the system from the 'old way' to the 'new way'.

Any questions please contact us at ifpapinball@gmail.com, and remember that if your profile doesn't say 'Registered' with a green check mark, that we do NOT have your email address on file. This means we will not be able to contact you for any IFPA World Championship or other Championship Series qualifying issues.

$tern Rewards Program – November 2014 Update

The IFPA is excited to announce that the following players have been now qualified for the $tern Rewards Program based on their October 2014 IFPA endorsed tournament performance! These players have until August 15th, 2015 to exercise their reward option.

BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Emma Jacobsen
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Matt Peace
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Marcus McKenzie

Read more …

World Pinball Player Rankings – Biggest Movers of November 2014!

nov2014moversThe IFPA is pleased to announce that the following players saw the biggest jump in their world ranking based on their November 2014 tournament performance. 

The biggest movers for November 2014 included Emma Jacobsen from the US, who moved up 13,221 spots from the following results:

Southwest Michigan Food Pantry Charity Pinball Tournament
Main Tournament – Finished 11th – (1.92)
Classics – Finished 8th – (1.09)
Emma moved up to a rank of 5939th in the world, and 125th in the Michigan SCS.

Matt Peace from the US moved up 12,656 spots from the following results:
Main Street Amusements Monthly Pinball Tournament
Main Tournament – Finished 7th – (0.06)
Flip Off Hunger – Lafayette
Main Tournament – Finished 12th – (1.50)
Classics – Finished 3rd – (5.94)

Read more …

Trent Augenstein – IFPA’s Player of the Month for November 2014!

10The IFPA is pleased to announce that our Player of the Month for November 2014 is Trent Augenstein from Delaware, OH. Trent earned a total of 179.96 WPPR points in November. This included the following results:

Free Play Florida        
Main Tournament – Finished 1st – (49.93)        
Classics – Finished 13th – (3.77)    
    
Flip Off Hunger – Cleveland    
Main Tournament – Finished 3rd – (8.48)        
Side Tournament – Finished 2nd – (6.51)        

Flip Off Hunger – Columbus    
Main Tournament – Finished 1st – (28.10)        
Side Tournament – Finished 5th – (0.70)        

Read more …