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6/23/2015 3:37:27 PM

Stern Pinball announces “King of the Ring” WWE® WrestleMania Pinball Tournament

World’s Leading Maker of Arcade-Quality Pinball Machines Teams with WWE and the International Flipper Pinball Association to Sponsor Worldwide High-Score Tournament

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL June 23, 2015 Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball machines, today announced the “King of the Ring” high-score pinball tournament. The International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) will administer the high-score tournament, which will be played on the WWE WrestleMania Pro and LE pinball machines. The tournament is open to players around the world and will begin on July 1, 2015 and end on December 31, 2015.

Players can enter by participating in IFPA-sanctioned King of the Ring events:

  • ·  Authorized IFPA members will organize sanctioned tournament events.

  • ·  The IFPA will establish the tournament settings for the WWE

    WrestleMania Pro and LE games used in sanctioned tournament events.

  • ·  Authorized IFPA members will submit high scores from each sanctioned

    tournament event to the IFPA.

  • ·  IFPA sanctioned events will take place in commercial locations approved

    by the IFPA. In-home events will not qualify.

  • ·  Authorized IFPA members will post results and event photos on the King

    of the Ring Facebook page.

  • ·  All photos must be accompanied by the hashtags: #WWEpinball and

    #kingofthering and include the name, city and country of the location of the

    event.

  • ·  The player with the highest score will remain the King of the Ring until

    another player tops the score.

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  • ·  The player with the highest score as of midnight Chicago-time on December 31, 2015, will claim the “King of the Ring” title, trophy, tickets to a WWE event, and $500 in cash.

  • ·  The top ten runner-ups will receive WWE pinball related prizes (signed translites, shirts, and more)

    “It’s an honor to team-up with WWE and the IFPA to create this tournament that will be played on a unique pinball game. The slammers in the ring on the game present scoring challenges that are new to pinball,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball. “We encourage players of all skill levels to take a shot at the King of the Ring title.”

    “The King of the Ring tournament will be a fun, action-packed pinball competition because of the ring and the slammers in the game,” said Josh Sharpe, President of the IFPA. “Mastering the slammers and winning in the ring presents a new challenge for pinball players of all skill levels.”

    Stern Pinball’s WWE WrestleMania calls players into the ring as WWE Superstars embarking on a quest to become the WWE worldwide heavyweight champion. Players train their Superstars and then compete in a series of matches leading them on the road to WrestleMania.

    About Stern Pinball, Inc.

    Stern Pinball, Inc., headquartered just outside Chicago, Illinois, is the oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games in the world. Stern’s highly talented creative and technical teams design, engineer and manufacture a full line of popular pinball games, merchandise and accessories. Recent Stern titles include WWE WrestleMania, KISS, The Walking Dead, Mustang, Star Trek, Metallica, The Avengers, X-Men, AC/DC, Tron, Transformers, Avatar, Iron Man, Batman, Spiderman and many more! All of Stern’s pinball games are crafted by hand and assembled by Stern’s expert team. A broad range of players enjoy Stern’s games from professional pinball players that compete in high-stakes international competitions around the globe to novice players who are discovering the allure of the silver ball for the first time. To join the fun and learn more, please visit www.sternpinball.com.

    About IFPA

    The objective of the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) is to elevate the awareness and visibility of pinball across the globe and generate media coverage and corporate backing to bring the sport of competitive pinball back into the spotlight. The IFPA has created the World Pinball Player Rankings (WPPR) to establish the first official rankings system of pinball players throughout the world. Through these endorsed tournaments and leagues, the IFPA crowns the World’s Greatest Pinball Player at the end of each calendar year. IFPA endorsed leagues will give players a chance to prepare for tournaments and qualify for the League Champion’s division at the next major IFPA tournament. IFPA endorsed tournaments will give players a chance to increase their WPPR rankings. For more information, please visit: http://www.ifpapinball.co