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9/27/2017 8:00:00 AM

The Big Buck World Championship Celebrates 10th Anniversary at the Hard Rock Las Vegas with $100,000 Prize Pool!

Stern Pinball Teams Up with IFPA to Host Inaugural Heads-Up Pinball Championship

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL – September 27, 2017 – With over $100,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, players from around the world are vying for a coveted spot at the 2017 Big Buck World Championship and Ladies Tourney at the Hard Rock Las Vegas on October 27th and 28th. Celebrating the 10th year of the largest arcade eSports event in the world, players and fans alike are counting down the days. Players start by playing their local online Big Buck HD machines frequently from May - September to qualify for their shot at the $100,000 prize pool.

The players will gather in Las Vegas, NV to battle head-to-head for the $20,000 top prize and to have their name inscribed on Pappy's Jug. The 2017 Big Buck World Championship will be held October 27th and 28th at the Hard Rock Las Vegas. The public is welcome to witness the event in person or tune in LIVE at Twitch.tv/bigbuckhd. Keep up to date on the latest Big Buck Hunter World Championship news by visiting www.bigbuckhd.com.

Coinciding with the event, Stern Pinball, the world’s oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games, will be teaming up with the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) to host the inaugural Heads-Up Pinball Championship where the winner will be taking home a new Aerosmith Pro Pinball Machine, a trophy, plus the title of IFPA Heads-Up Pinball Champion. The Heads-Up Pinball Championship will consist of unique head-to-head challenges where competitors will be playing simultaneously on two different machines of the same title. The player who completes the challenge first will be declared the winner for that game.

“We love the unique, fun challenge of this intense tournament,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball. “Pairing this IFPA event with the Big Buck World Championship makes for an incredibly fun weekend at the Hard Rock. We’re excited to see who takes home the gold and the Aerosmith Pro pinball machine!” The Heads-Up Pinball Championship is open to the public for participation. Registration for interested players is open now. Register by September 30th for the discounted price of $30. After September 30th the registration fee increases to $50. For more information on the Heads-Up Pinball Championship, visit: https://www.ifpapinball.com/headsup/

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About The Big Buck World Championships

The Big Buck World Championship is an annual event, started in 2008, that celebrates the community dedicated to playing Big Buck Hunter. The event is held in different cities of the US in the Fall of each year. Prior venues include Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, and Austin. In order to qualify, players are required to participate in a worldwide qualifying tournament that takes place in the months leading up to the event. Players may qualify at any Big Buck HD machine that is connected to the CoinUp online
system.

About Big Buck HD

Big Buck HD is the first ever 1080p high definition arcade video game and was created by Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix, developers of coin-operated interactive entertainment products. Combining the best of the companies’ prior hits, Big Buck Hunter Pro and Big Buck Safari, Big Buck HD offers enhanced graphics as well as new challenges, awards and tournaments. Big Buck HD arcade games feature online connectivity, allowing players to track scores and compete against players from across the country for cash prizes.

For additional information, visit www.bigbuckhd.com/world, check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OfficialBigBuckHunter or follow us on Twitter or Instagram at ‘bigbuckhunter’.

About Raw Thrills™

Raw Thrills™, was founded in 2001 to develop the finest in arcade video game entertainment. The studio is led by veteran game designer Eugene Jarvis, whose credits include classic titles such as Defender™, Robotron:2084™, and the Cruis’n™ series of adventure driving games. From its debut hit The Fast and the Furious™, to the 2015 release Jurassic Park Arcade™, Raw Thrills™ strives to bring the player the ultimate arcade experience while delivering consistent reliability and value.

In 2006, Raw Thrills™ merged with the renowned game development studio Play Mechanix™ to create a new world leader in arcade video and video redemption games. Founded in 1995 by George Petro, a former designer for Midway Games, Play Mechanix has created the famed Big Buck Hunter™ series, Deal or No Deal™, Wheel of Fortune™, Terminator Salvation™, Aliens Armageddon™, The Walking Dead Arcade™, and many others.

The combined strength of the two studios won many accolades and awards from the entertainment industry, including the Best of Show Award (BOSA) 2015 award for Jurassic Park Arcade™, IAAPA Best new Product 2016 for Angry Birds Arcade and Play Meter 2015 Players Choice award for Big Buck HD™. The company exports its line of video arcade and redemption games to over 60 countries.

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 Pinball’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 Star Wars, Aerosmith, Batman '66, Ghostbusters, Game of Thrones, WWE WrestleMania, The Walking Dead, Mustang, Star Trek, Metallica, The Avengers, X-Men, AC/DC, Tron, Transformers, Avatar, Iron Man, Spider-Man and many more! All of Stern Pinball’s games are crafted by hand and assembled by Stern Pinball’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 or www.facebook.com/sternpinball.

About the 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 was created with the express purpose of encouraging, supporting, and endorsing competitive pinball throughout the world. The organization provides oversight and assistance to not only establishing pinball leagues, but also tournaments, and other promotional activities. For more information on the IFPA, please visit www.ifpapinball.com.

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