AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

HOSTED BY WEST COAST PINBALL FESTIVAL

WATCH AUSTRALIA’S BEST PINBALL PLAYERS BATTLE IT OUT

2023 Day 1

NATIONAL QUALIFICATION

Entry to the 2024 IFPA Australian Pinball Championships is by qualification and invitation only.

Players attend sanctioned IFPA pinball tournaments throughout 2023 in order to obtain IFPA World Ranking Player Points during the qualification period.

At the conclusion of the 2023 calendar year, the top competitive pinball players from each State will be invited to contest the IFPA State Championship in their home capital city. The State Championships will be conducted in each region on Saturday, 3 February 2024.

The Top 4 players from each State Championship across Australia automatically qualify to compete in the Australian Pinball Championships, hosted by West Coast Pinball Festival in March 2024.

COMPETITOR REGISTRATION

Following the State Championships in February 2024, IFPA Australia will publish the list of successful qualifiers for the 2024 Australian Pinball Championships.

Players who have qualified will be invited to confirm their registration by purchasing a special ACS Qualifier Pass for the 2024 West Coast Pinball Festival available on our web site.

Registration must be confirmed by purchasing an ACS Qualifier Pass by 5PM, 1 March 2024.

SPECIAL ACS QUALIFIER PASS

The special ACS Qualifier Pass will include entry into the Australian Championship tournament, include a weekend pass to the festival as well as many other benefits and perks for national competitors. Full details of pass inclusions can be found on the Get Tickets page.

The ACS Qualifier Pass is available only to competitors confirmed by IFPA Australia as having successfully qualified for the Australian Championships.

AUSTRALIAN PINBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS @ THE FESTIVAL

West Coast Pinball Festival will be proudly hosting the IFPA 2024 Australian Pinball Championships at next year’s festival.

The Australian Pinball Championships will see the best players from across each State compete over the festival weekend to crown a new Australian Pinball Champion.

The 2024 Australian Pinball Championships will also award qualification spots for Australians to attend the IFPA World Pinball Championships.

TOURNAMENTS & COMPS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

Due to hosting the 2024 IFPA Australian Pinball Championships, the regular MAIN EVENT open tournament will not be run at the 2024 West Coast Pinball Festival.

However, both the evening Social Comps (Friday & Saturday night), Womens Tournament and Kids Tournament (Little Wizards) will still be conducted as in previous years.

IMPORTANT DATES & TIMES

  • Friday, 8 Mar 2024
    Qualifying: TBC
  • Saturday, 9 Mar 2024
    Qualifying: TBC

  • Sunday, 10 Mar 2024
    Finals: TBC

TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS

Tournament Director: TBC

IFPA Representatives: TBC

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT SCORING

IFPA
Competitor

TOURNAMENT INFO

As the name implies, this one is the Main Event – The West Coast Pinball Festival Tournament.

Over two action packed days competitors from all walks of life and experience levels will flip for their chance to be immortalised forever and crowned the inaugural Grand Champion.

With significant interest from interstate players but Covid restrictions still in place across some borders, we could still see the silverware remain in Western Australia for another year.

No experience in competitive pinball is necessary to participate, our friendly Tournament Team will be on-hand to facilitate the action every step of the way.

Tournament Entry: $TBA

Note. Tournament entries are additional to Festival Entry Passes and can only be purchased on the day at the Festival.

IMPORTANT DATES & TIMES

  • Saturday, 11 Mar 2023
    Qualifying: 11:00AM – 4:30PM
  • Sunday, 12 Mar 2023
    Warm-Up: 10:30AM – 11:00AM
    Finals: 11:00AM – 2:00PM

    Awards: 2:00PM

TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS

Tournament Director: TBA

Scoring Officials: TBA

IFPA Representative: Brett Smith

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT SCORING

IFPA

RULES & TECHNICAL OVERVIEW

Don’t understand the detail, no problem. Remember our Tournament Team will be there on the day to facilitate competition activities.

  • Machines used during the Tournament will be the West Coast Pinball Festival’s dedicated Tournament Bank of 10 pre-selected machines.

  • Qualifying will be conducted across all 10-machines in Best Game format. Note. Players are not paired together for head to head matches, instead they play single-player games.
  • Competitors will receive one attempt at each machine and score points based on their ranking against other players in the competition. Players will be awarded an additional 2 attempts, for which they can choose any machine to better their previous ranking.
  • The scoring format to be used is the INDISC format (100/97/95…).
  • Following qualifying, the top players will be selected to proceed to the finals (the cut-off will be selected based on total number of players and time remaining – min. 3 players).
  • The finals will be played as a head-to-head bracket elimination format.
  • The scoring from the Womens Final round will determine the final podium positions of the Tournament.
  • Any ties in the Womens Final will be broken by a single game play-off on a machine chosen at random using a list randomiser. The results of the tie-break play-off will determine the final positions of both players.
  • No competitor at any time shall interfere with another competitor, or manipulate any machine – this will result in instant disqualification from the Tournament.
  • “Nudging” is permitted as part of pinball competitive play, however any rough handling of machines during game-play will forfeit the match (loss) and in extreme cases result in disqualification.

TOURNAMENT PARTNERS

AMD Coin-Op
IFPA
Kids Just Wanna Have Fun Amusements
Stern Pinball
Zero Latency

RESULTS

QUALIFYING

Official results will be published here following competition.

FINALS

Official results will be published here following competition.

GALLERY

A selection of media gallery items will be posted here and on socials during the event.

FESTIVAL LIVESTREAM

FESTIVAL LIVESTREAM

PLAY COMPETITIVE PINBALL

Did you know? Competitive pinball events for players of all ages and abilities are regularly held by local representatives of the IFPA (International Flipper Pinball Association).

 

Compete for fun and earn points towards increasing your world-ranking. To find out more and register FREE to play, head over to the IFPA web site!

 

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