Over 15 thousand players from 36 countries in the world. This is the new, incredible record globally achieved by sport pinball. And Italy is proving to be the country of reference for this sport at the European level.
The sport pinball reached a new important record at international level: the ranking of the World Pinball Player Rankings (Wppr) exceeded, during past few weeks, the threshold of 15 thousand players, belonging to 36 different countries. Last summer, in July 2011, the International flipper pinball association announced with satisfaction of having reached the number of 10 thousand players, but the race of the game-sport subject never stopped and, indeed, overcame a new aim.
But the number of players continues to grow because the number of tournaments prganized around the world by various organizations related to the american IFPA who runs the rankings continues to grow. The average of tournament is currently 71 events per month in the current year, while in 2011 it reached the top of 64 tournaments per month, an increase of 10 percent. The average number of players participating in each tournament was of 28 in 2011 and during the current year it exceeded the threshold of 30 players. Italy, as it is known to everybody now, is one of the greatest interpreters of this subject, helping with a very big importance during last three years to this incredible development.
Surely the impulse coming from the title of World Champion won twice in three years by the champion Daniel Acciari from Rome, pushed this growth in our country. Following the great enthusiasm with which our player was welcomed at home, IFPA Italia started an extensive promotional activity of the subject inventing new formats for everyone. First the tournament valid for the international ranking within the fair ENADA, that this year, in Rome (17-19 October) celebrates its third edition, and that continues to attract players from all over Europe. Then the start of the ‘Launch Party’, the travelling event to present each new model of Stern’s pinball, organized with the support of Tecnoplay, the distributor of Stern in Italy, which is bringing people to embrace pinball in the amusement arcades like we didn’t see since a lot of time.