Stern Rewards Program – Avengers Infinity Quest Pro Added!

The IFPA is excited to announce that Stern has added Avengers Infinity Quest Pro to the rewards program. For any interested players, March 2021 is the estimated availability date for current orders. Any questions please contact us at ifpapinball@gmail.com

Detailed rules for the $tern Rewards Program, including an updated list of qualifiers, and updated list of rewards available can be found HERE.

Stern Rewards Program – Qualifier list updated for 2020 season!

Congratulations to all the players who have qualified for the Stern Rewards Program for the 2021 calendar year! Contact us at ifpapinball@gmail.com if you’re interested in redeeming.

As we mentioned earlier, due to the lack of sanctioned tournament play available in the 2020 season, there wasn’t a chance for players to play their way into qualifying for the IFPA Stern Rewards Program. Thanks to the generosity of Stern Pinball, everyone who qualified for Stern Rewards based on the 2019 season will once again qualify for the 2020 season. In addition, any eligible players that moved up into the top 1000 due to the decay of past results will also qualify for the IFPA Stern Rewards Program for the 2020 season.

Detailed rules for the Stern Rewards Program, including an updated list of qualifiers, and updated list of rewards available can be found HERE.

Michael Bair – IFPA’s 2020 Rookie of the Year!

The IFPA is pleased to announce that our Rookie of the Year for the 2020 season is Michael Bair from North, Canton, OH. This award is given to the player that earns the most WPPR points in their first year of active play.

With the shortened 3 month season of 2020, Michael was still able to play in 12 events. Michael earned 23.56 WPPR points from these 12 events. Michael participated in his first IFPA sanctioned tournament on January 10th at the Kidforce Friday Knockout. Since entering the World Pinball Player Rankings at that time, Michael has seen his rank increase to 3305th in the world.

Michael’s greatest achievement of 2020 was his 27th place finish in the Kidforce Collectibles Pinball League Winter Season, out of 165 players. Overall, Michael placed in the top 4 at 42% of his 2020 events, a truly remarkable achievement.

Congratulations to Michael, our 2020 IFPA Rookie of the Year!

Eric Stone – IFPA’s 2020 Player of the Year!

The IFPA is pleased to announce that our Player of the Year for 2020 is Eric Stone from Fort Myers, FL. In the shortened 2020 season, Eric was still able to rack up an incredible 458.24 WPPR points during 2020 (which would put him in the top 50 in the world based on ONLY these 3 months of play). Eric currently sits as the #2 ranked player in the world having moved up from the #12 ranking at the start of the year.

Eric played in 10 events during the 2020 season, winning 6 of them, while finishing in the top 4 in 7 of them. Eric also finished as the IFPA Player of the Month for January 2020.

Eric’s highlights during 2020 included his first Major Championship title, taking 1st place at The Open – IFPA World Championship back in January. He also won the Classics II division at INDISC while finishing in 2nd place in the Classics I division.

The IFPA wishes to congratulate Eric on all of his success throughout this shortened 2020 season!

Raymond Davidson – World’s Greatest Pinball Player for 2020!

The IFPA is proud to announce that Raymond Davidson has finished at #1 on the World Pinball Player Rankings, thus earning IFPA’s top honor as the 2020 “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 Raymond has been crowned the World’s Greatest Pinball Player and one of five players in history to receive this award (Keith Elwin (7), Jorian Engelbrektsson (3), Zach Sharpe (2) and Johannes Ostermeier (1) being the other four).

While the 2020 season ended up being less than 3 months long, Raymond was still able to play in 8 IFPA sanctioned events during this season, with 6 of those events hitting his top 20 IFPA resume. His greatest achievement of 2020 was his 5th place finish at The Open – IFPA World Championship. He also finished in 4th place at both IFPA Pin-Masters as well as the IFPA North American Pinball Championship.

Congratulations to Raymond, and best of luck to everyone once we’re able to once again sanction competitive pinball events around the globe. Raymond will receive his WGPP trophy at the IFPA17 World Pinball Championship in Florida in November (depending on us getting through the pandemic).

IFPA Challenge Rankings – 2020 ICR Championship is underway!

725 players participated in 17,520 matches in the IFPA Challenge Rankings (ICR) system during 2020, with 64 qualifiers now advancing to the first ICR Championship.

Bill Mason from Huntersville, NC enters the Championship as the top seed, battling for his share of $725 in prizes.

The first round of the playoffs will be held between now and January 8th. Follow along the progress by checking out the playoff bracket HERE.

For full details on the ICR, please click HERE.

To join our IFPA ICR Discord click HERE and connect with other players to organize IFPA Challenge Matches.

Stern Rewards Winner – Gerald Kirchner

Gerald Kirchner out of Lakewood, CA finished 2019 as the 485th ranked pinball player in the world. This qualified him for the Stern Rewards Program for finishing the year ranked in the top 1000. The rewards program allows qualifiers to purchase a brand new Stern pinball machine at a special IFPA price. Gerald redeemed his reward for a Beatles Gold pinball machine.

Gerald participated in 9 IFPA sanctioned events in 2020 before the pandemic hit and has improved his rank to 417th in the world.

Congratulations to Gerald, and remember if you’re interested in qualifying for the Stern Rewards Program, check out the rules here.

Stern Rewards Program – 2019 rewards expire at year end

Just a reminder for those with an expiring IFPA Stern Reward for the 2019 season, any orders not placed before year end will expire. Contact us at ifpapinball@gmail.com if you’re interested in redeeming.

As we mentioned earlier, due to the lack of sanctioned tournament play available in the 2020 season, there wasn’t a chance for players to play their way into qualifying for the IFPA Stern Rewards Program. Thanks to the generosity of Stern Pinball, everyone who qualified for Stern Rewards based on the 2019 season will once again qualify for the 2020 season. In addition, any eligible players that moved up into the top 1000 due to the decay of past results will also qualify for the IFPA Stern Rewards Program for the 2020 season.

Detailed rules for the Stern Rewards Program, including an updated list of qualifiers, and updated list of rewards available can be found HERE.

Wizard’s World expansion to double pinball offerings

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly published an article on the expansion of The Wizard’s World Arcade in Huntertown, IN once they are able to reopen after the pandemic. Click HERE to read the article.

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