The world’s leading and youngest champions to compete over the three days
Pittsburgh, PA – More than 8,000 pinball and arcade game competitors and other gamers will show off their skills when the Replay FX Arcade & Video Game Festival returns to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, July 26-29. It will be the fourth year in a row that this family-fun event is being held in Pittsburgh.
The festival will feature the largest public collection of pinball, arcade, tabletop and console games anywhere, and all games are free to play with the price of admission. Approximately 1,000 full-sized arcade and pinball machines will be available to play. Attendees are also invited to attend seminars and a vendor marketplace dedicated to pinball and arcade games.
Mark Steinman, ReplayFX director said that Pittsburgh has become a natural choice for this event. “Pittsburgh already had a fantastic retro pinball and arcade scene, and we felt like it was the perfect location for our foundation to put down roots and grow,” said Steinman. “Introducing a new generation of kids to what entertained us adults in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s is also a great way to help connect different generations, so we all can learn a little bit more about one another. The support that we’ve received from the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding communities is what makes it all possible."
Some of the world’s best pinball wizards will compete in the Pinburgh Match-Play Championships, the largest pinball tournament in the world, featuring more than 300 pinball machines and more than 800 players battling for three consecutive days. Approximately $100,000 in prize money is up for grabs.
“Along with the top gamers in the world, we are thrilled to welcome back Replay FX Arcade & Video Game Festival for the fourth consecutive year,” said Jennifer Hawkins, executive director at SportsPITTSBURGH. “This weekend, Pittsburgh will welcome 800 players and pinball champions from more than a dozen different countries. We are proud to show off our city as an attractive destination for the world’s largest pinball competition.”
This year, Colin MacAlpine from Texas will be competing in the pinball championships. His global rank hovers around 30 and he has participated in tournaments as far away as Denmark and Germany. Also competing is 14-year-old Escher Lefkoff from Colorado, the world’s youngest pinball champion, along with pinball world champion and current Stern Pinball designer, Keith Elwin of Chicago, IL.
Admission prices are $100 for a four-day pass, one-day tickets range from $20 to $35 for adults and $20 for children ages 6-12.
As the sports development division of VisitPITTSBURGH, SportsPITTSBURGH’s primary goal is to attract and host a wide variety of sporting events in the region, providing the experience and expertise to reinforce Pittsburgh’s reputation as a legendary sports city.
As the sports development division of VisitPITTSBURGH, SportsPITTSBURGH’s primary goal is to attract and host a wide variety of sporting events while providing planners and local stakeholders with the expertise and professionalism required to host a world-class event in the Pittsburgh region.