The Pinburgh Match-Play Championship is the largest pinball tournament in the world. Featuring over 250 games and 400 players battling the silverball over three solid days of competition for more than $60,000 in prize money.
The match-play format offers a social experience as players from all over the world compare skills during a series of multiplayer matches spanning the first two days. Twenty-four qualifiers are invited to compete in the final rounds on Sunday, while all other players are encouraged to take part in a consolation tournament held throughout PAPA headquarters in parallel with the final rounds.
Pre-registration before play begins is required!
Spectators are welcome to attend, and there is no fee charged for admission.
How to Qualify:
Pinburgh features guaranteed match play for two full days for each and every participating player, regardless of skill level. As a player, you will spend Friday competing in a series of four-player groups (occasionally three-player). For each session, you will be seeded based on your performance up to that point. Expect to spend approximately ten hours playing pinball competitively on Friday.
On Saturday, you will be assigned to the A, B, C, or D Division based on your play up to that point. Some players will have pre-existing restrictions which may require them to be in the A or B Division, regardless of how well they play on Friday.
You will then spend another ten hours playing in another series of four-player groups, which will determine whether or not you qualify for finals play on Sunday. In the D Division, your record from Friday will be discarded, but for all other Divisions, your record is cumulative over both days.
Divisions of Play:
All play takes place as singles, in four skill divisions. At the beginning of play, all players compete together, without divisions. At the end of play on Friday, skill divisions are assigned according to rankings and restrictions. Generally speaking, this division happens by quartile ranking, with certain players assigned to A, B, or C Division based on skill division restrictions.
The following restrictions are designed to discourage any Player from intentionally competing beneath his or her level of skill:
- Players who qualified in the A Division of PAPA 11-15, players who made the final four in the A Division of Pinburgh 2011-12 or any PAPA World Championship, players who made the final four in the B Division of Pinburgh 2012, players who made the 2012 PAPA Circuit Final, and players in the top 25 of the IFPA’s World Pinball Player Rankings (WPPR) as of March 1, 2013 are restricted to A Division.
- Players who qualified in the B Division of PAPA 11-15, players who made the final four in the B Division of Pinburgh 2011, players who made the final four in the C Division of Pinburgh 2012, players who made the playoffs in the A Division of Pinburgh 2011-12, players who earned 50 or more points in the 2012 PAPA Circuit, and players in the top 100 of the IFPA’s World Pinball Player Rankings as of March 1, 2013 are restricted to A and B Division.
- Players who qualified in the C Division of PAPA 11-15, players who qualified in any Classics division of PAPA 11-15, players who made the final four in the C Division of Pinburgh 2011, players who made the playoffs in the B Division of Pinburgh 2011-12, players who earned 10 or more points in the 2012 PAPA Circuit, and players in the top 250 of the IFPA’s World Pinball Player Rankings as of March 1, 2013 are restricted to A, B, and C Division.
Tournament coordinators reserve the right to modify these restrictions as they deem necessary. Only a player’s highest restriction will apply. In all cases, players will be informed before or during play on Friday of any skill division restriction that applies to them, and a list of these restrictions will be made available to all players. Note that, for example, a player with a B Division restriction may still qualify in A Division as a result of strong play on Friday.
A one-time registration fee of $150 is required of each player who wishes to play in the Pinburgh tournament. When pre-registering, players may also commit to purchase PAPA tokens for gameplay in tournament or casual games. Games will be set for token play, and players may purchase more tokens as desired. After tournament expenses, all token and merchandise sales go towards charity!
There will be a custom, collectible token for Pinburgh attendees only; this ultra-rare token will be included in each roll of tokens sold at the event, but otherwise will not be put into circulation.
Due to the match play nature of the tournament, no player may register for Pinburgh less than two hours prior to the start of play.
Please note that pre-registration is required for all players! Registration on-site is only available until 10:45am on Friday.
The guaranteed prize package for Pinburgh is based on a full field of 400 players.
This is a list of differences between Pinburgh 2012 and Pinburgh 2013.
- The entry fee has been raised from $100 to $150. As always, admission to the facility will be completely free.
- We have restricted the event to a maximum of 400 players.
- We have added a D Division, to reflect the broader range of skill levels amongst so many players.
- We have further clarified skill-based division restrictions.
- We have changed the Major Malfunction rule to add balls from a new game, rather than requiring a complete replay as the only option.
- We are collecting league affiliations at registration time.
- We will no longer create “widowed” tiers of 4 players when the tier size is greater than 8, to avoid “trapping” the same group of players together in consecutive sessions.
- Certain machines are now designated as single-player, in order to minimize the effects of jackpot rollover and lock stealing.
- 2-player and 1-player groups are now possible under specific circumstances when one or more players are absent. These should be very rare.
- We will open one day early this year, in order to run the Circuit Final event. There will be no Pinburgh competition on this day, but spectators are welcome and the facility will be open to the public. Practice on tournament machines will only be available on this day (Thursday).
- There will be a short warm-up tournament when the doors open at 9am on Friday, to encourage attendance and player check-in.
- We are running a shuttle to three hotels.
- We will be reserving parking directly in front of the facility for carpooling only.
- We have added a remote parking lot, which the shuttle will visit.