"Pinball has made a huge come back in the last 3 or 4 years," says Tournament Director, Greg Siegele. "One of the reasons is the emergence of competitive pinball and a strong tournament scene here and overseas. Five years ago there were 500 ranked competitive players in the world. Now there are more than 30,000.
"Pinball has become cool and fashionable. The classic artwork and the retro gameplay of the flippers and silver ball have appeal with hipsters. And players in their 30s and 40s that were passionate about pinball 20 years ago are rediscovering their love for the game. They are collecting machines and turning the man or woman cave into a pinball arcade."
Sales of new pinball machines have exploded with games like Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead finding their way into man caves alongside the classics from the '70s, '80s and '90s.
The tournament in Adelaide this weekend is the culmination of a year of IFPA sanctioned tournaments across the country.
"The finals are for the top 32 players in the country," says Siegele. "There are also three side tournaments capped at 64 players open to players that didn't make the cut. We have reserved 10 places for new Adelaide players that want to match their skills against the best."
Search for "ACS pinball Adelaide" on Facebook to enter.
Anyone interested in playing competitive pinball during the rest of the year can go to ifpapinball.com
to find a calendar of local events.
"Anyone who enters a tournament will get a world ranking," says Siegele. "Tournaments are for all skill levels, men, women and children. Some people just like to have fun and enjoy the social aspect of tournaments. Others are more competitive and get a kick out of seeing their world ranking climb."
The IFPA is the International Flipper Pinball Association. So called because in Europe the game is known as "Flipper". It sanctions all of the events around that world that qualify for world ranking points. It maintains global rankings as well as rankings country by country. See ifpapinball.com/acs/
AMD, or Amusement Machine Distributors, is the exclusive distributor of Stern pinball machines in Australia and naming rights sponsor of the event. They import and sell brand new games made by Stern, such as Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. See amdcoinop.com/pinball-machines