August 11

News : Competitive Pinball Is the Best Thing on Twitch Right Now :


Motherboard has written an article about Twitch and online pinball streaming.  One of the featured Twitch stars in the article is friend of the Pinball Supernova social media circle Jack Danger.  Check out the article below.

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In a dimly lit basement in downtown Ottawa lies House of TARG. The place is pretty hard to miss, thanks to the bright yellow poutine truck that’s always parked next to it, so anyone in search of this bar’s specialties—pierogies and pinball—will have an easy enough time. A free pinball tournament got me in the door on Wednesday night, where I saw 32 contestants battling head-to-head in a double elimination bracket, which was being livestreamed on Twitch.

It was an International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) sanctioned event, where participants could get points on the world circuit. A lot of people came to win, but I wasn’t the only one there experiencing competitive pinball for the first time. Entrants ranged from avid players who had made the trip from Montreal, two hours away, to first-time competitors.

“I got into it with some friends. I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s the lights or something, but it gets pretty exciting,” said Matt Scissons, an Ottawa local who ended up playing his first competitive match live that night on stream. As for the competition being broadcast on Twitch, “I knew pinball was streamed but I didn’t think they’d have that here in Ottawa,” he said. “It kind of caught me off guard,” but ultimately he didn’t find it too distracting.

The setup at House of TARG. All images by Marc Shaw

It should be no surprise that competitive pinball is a thing. There is a rapt community of enthusiasts who play in tournaments run by the Professional & Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) on a circuit that culminates in a world championship each year. However, the live broadcast of pinball is a recent addition to the scene.

“It’s really helpful for growing pinball,” said the organizer of the night’s event, Monty, who preferred to not have his real name published. “Pinball almost died at a point, but it’s really had a resurgence over the last couple of years. I think streaming and YouTube have had a big part in all of that.”

Read the entire article below :

Thanks to Motherboard and Marc Shaw for the article and pictures.