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What is tournament pinball?

Tournament pinball involves competing against other players in a variety of different formats, often in 4 players games where players are awarded "match points" for their finishing position on a game or given strikes based on how many players finish ahead of them.

There are number of different formats, more information on some of the ones we tend to use can be found HERE.

What are "match points"?

"Match points" are a way to equalize the value of individual machines where the game scores can be wildly different. For example, a game score of 10 billion on a game like Attack from Mars might be similar to a score of 100 million on a game like Walking Dead. Essentially, when competing against other players, winning the game is more important than the game score itself and this is where "match points" come in. The number of "match points" can vary based on different tournaments or tournament stages. Our Group Match Play tournaments use 7/5/3/1 match points for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place in the Qualifying Stage, but we use 4/2/1/0 for the Playoff Stage.

What is the IFPA? What are WPPR points?

The IFPA is the International Flipper Pinball Association, their purpose is to promote competitive pinball throughout the world. This involves organizing or coordinate large scale events such as the IFPA World Championship or the North American Championship Series. It also involves the creation and maintenance of the IFPA World Pinball Player Rankings (WPPR) system. The WPPR system is used to rank players based on any IFPA-sanctioned tournaments they have competed in and gives tournaments a specific value based on the players competing and the format of the tournament itself. Players are awarded WPPR points based on how well they do in a given tournament and, in turn, they are used to set a player's World Ranking.





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