Catch the 2023 Women’s World Championship Action this Weekend!

Follow along this weekend as 32 of the top women worldwide play for the title of the 2023 Women’s World Champion and a New-In-Box Stern Pinball Machine!

Saturday Matchplay Qualifying Link:

The event will be broadcasted live Saturday and Sunday courtesy of Hot Nudge with hosts Rebecca, Anna and Jane, who are part of the 32 players! Please give them a round of bits, subs and follows for them hosting this premier event while competing! Sunday Finals bracket and standings will be available on Hot Nudge’s Stream.

Tune in to the action here: 

Over $11,000 in Prizes for the 2023 Women’s World Championship!

This year’s Women’s World Championship would not have been possible if it weren’t for the many sponsors that came together to make this marquee event special.

Along with the generous donations from Phil’s Pinball and Wizard’s World directly into the prize pool ($3,000 additional funds), we would like to give a big thank you to Stern Pinball for donating a New-In-Box Stern Pinball (a $7,000 value!) to the champion!

We also received a number of donations from our other sponsors – Pinball Degenerates, Marco Specialties, Tiltcycle, Jersey Jack, American Pinball – including a Toy Story 4 Playfield, Game Banners, Shirts, and much more. All told, our prizes this year value over $11,000!

This couldn’t be possible without the continued support of the pinball community to continue to develop and promote women in pinball.

Wizards World Sponsors the 2023 Women’s World Pinball Championship with $2500 Donation!

We are honored to announce the generous pledge and sponsorship from The Wizard himself, Mike Burgess, from Fort Wayne Wizard’s World. Mike continues to support Women and Youth pinball all throughout Indiana as well as the Midwest. Mike has graciously pledged $2,500 to this year’s Women’s World Championship, boosting our prize pool overall tremendously and giving us the ability to extend payouts to the Top 16.

Below will be the new breakdown of our prize distribution, that now includes 9th-16th. We have kept our original prize distribution and have dispersed the extra $3,000 as follows:

Revised Prize Breakdown (keeping original distribution and adding 3k over that separately)
1st Place NIB Stern Game + Trophy
2nd Place $800 + $900 (1700) + Plaque
3rd Place $400 + $540 (940) + Plaquie
4th Place $200 + $360 (560) + Plaque
5th-8th Place $50 + $150 (200) Each
9th-12th Place $100 each
13th-16th Place $50 each

Note: above reflect a 50/30/20 split for 2nd-4th of the remaining balance after 5-16

Wizard’s World and Fort Wayne Belles and Chimes, The Women of Wizard’s World, supports Women’s Pinball by hosting weekly tournaments, launch parties and The WOW 3, Women of Wizard’s World annual weekend of tournaments where you can win a new Stern Pinball Machine.

WIZARD’S WORLD PINBALL ARCADE – Providing fun for all of Fort Wayne & the world-wide pinball community. Fort Wayne Pinball, Wizards World Arcade opened in December 2017 as the largest pinball arcade in Indiana, and has grown to one of the largest pinball arcades in the world! |

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The Phil’s Pinball sponsors 2023 Women’s World Pinball Championship!

We’re thrilled and honored to announce that Phil’s Pinball has stepped up to sponsor the Women’s Championship by adding an additional $500 to the overall prize pool! Phil’s Pinball is a Father-Son company that continues to support Women’s Pinball in the Carolinas and also Nationally!

Phil’s Pinball wants to help you with your next Pinball and Arcade adventure. Whether you are looking for a machine to buy or rent – or need to get your machine going again, they are there to help. They service Greenville, SC and surrounding areas. What started as a hobby for them is now a passion to give people their next adventure under glass. They rent to businesses, events, weddings, parties, and home use. They can work on any Pinball 1950’s and up and can help you get your arcade playing again.
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IFPA’s Player of the Month/Biggest Movers for February 2023!

Here are the February 2023 IFPA winners for Player of the Month and Biggest Movers:

Player of the Month:
Raymond Davidson from Elk Grove Village, IL (325.97 WPPR’s – MAIN)
Dani Spagnoli from New York, NY (49.28 WPPR’s – WOMEN’S)

Biggest Movers:
Mike Swope from North Canton, OH (+16,580 spots)
Wayne Michaud from Concord, CA (+15,902 spots)
Liam Kostusik from Winnipeg, MB Canada (+14,219 spots)

These players have now all qualified for the Stern Rewards Program for 2023. Congrats to everyone!


2022-23 North American Pinball Champion Crowned!

53 finalists for the IFPA North American Pinball Championship began competing at 10am and continued nonstop until past 10pm when the winners were crowned.

Huge congratulations to the new IFPA North American Pinball Champion, Raymond Davidson! Raymond defeated the representatives from Missouri (Steve Hill), Ohio (Stephen Prusa), North Carolina (Kaylee Campbell), Michigan (Jared August) and finally 2-time Major Champion and current World #1 Escher Lefkoff representing Wisconsin to capture the crown.

Congrats to Raymond who becomes the first 2-time North American Champion! They have been added to the IFPA Hall of Fame!

Little Shop Of Games March 2023 Newsletter

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‘Pinball’ Chicago Pre-Release Screening

MPI Original Films invites you to a pre-release screening of our award-winning feature film Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game followed by a Q&A session with the film’s executive producer Roger Sharpe, whose life inspired the film and associate producer Joseph Corey.

Wednesday, March 15
Admission – $25
6:30 p.m. – Doors Open
7:00 p.m. – Screening Begins
8:35 p.m. – Q&A

AMC River East
322 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611

Click HERE for details.

RIP Samuel Bréan

blog post courtesy of Archibald Lefevre

This is Sam, he died just after this last (superb) game of the last round of the qualifications of the FCS Finals…
It was our first National Championship Series finals, in which he participated discreetly in the organization.
Among his many passions, pinball has taken a more important place lately.
Also, he was now in charge of the “Paris Selfie League” which he had declared to IFPA for the first time the final scheduled next saturday and was going to participate in it’s first EPC : he was destined to be our next (pertinent!) (co?)country Director.
His funeral will take place tomorrow in Paris at Père Lachaise.
Good Game Sam!