Oakland Pinball Warriors is an Oakland-based pinball league that allows you to play on your own schedule.

There is no cost to join, and a full season's qualifying games can be completed in an evening. We have playoffs each season in A and B Divisions. By playing in the league, you will become a world ranked pinball player and can win coupons for free play pinball!

Qualifying for our February season runs February 1st through February 28th. Playoffs will be held Sunday, March 11th at 11:30am at Scarlet City.

January season playoffs will be held on Sunday, February 11th at 11:30am at Scarlet City.

How it Works

Oakland Pinball Warriors is a "selfie" pinball league.

Play pinball at locations around Oakland at your convenience all month long, taking pictures with your best scores on each game.

Your scores will be assigned a point value based on how they compare to those of other players, and the total number of points you earn across your best 8 games (out of 23 eligible machines) will be used to determine end-of-month rankings.

At the end of the month, we have playoffs at Scarlet City (3960 Adeline St, Emeryville, CA 94608) for all eligible players. To qualify for playoffs, you must submit scores on at least 4 different machines. The top 4 qualifiers will receive a bye into the A Divison playoffs, and all other qualifiers will battle it out for the remaining 12 spots for A Division. The remaining players will compete for the B Division title.

How to Play

  • If this is your first time playing in OPW, register by sending an e-mail to oaklandpinballwarriors@gmail.com with your full name. Then sign up for a free account on MatchPlay.Events.

    If you have an IFPA player number, include that in your e-mail as well.

  • Add yourself to the tournament on MatchPlay.

    If you're on Facebook, join the Oakland Pinball Warriors Facebook group.

  • Visit any of our participating locations and play pinball!

  • Take a picture of yourself with your best score on each game.

    The picture doesn't have to be good or even have your entire face in it, but you must be identifiable and the score on the game must be clearly visible. It's okay if we have to zoom in to read it.

  • Submit your scores and pictures on MatchPlay by clicking the "submit scores" button on the top right of the Scores page.

    Scores must be posted to MatchPlay within 12 hours of the picture being taken.

    We also encourage members to keep things social by sharing their pictures in our Facebook group!

  • Play more pinball, rinse, repeat.

    We have unlimited qualifying all season, so play as much as you can and submit as many scores as you want. The 8 machines you do the best on will count towards end-of-season standings and determine who makes it to playoffs. To be eligible for playoffs, you must submit scores on at least four separate machines.

Locations & Eligible Machines

There are eight venues with a total of twenty-four eligible machines across them in the tournament. You can submit scores on as many machines as you like, but only your best eight will count towards end-of-the-month rankings.

In order to be eligible for playoffs, players must submit scores on at least four separate machines.

Venues & Games

Venues and games for January are listed below.

The machines at all of these locations, except for Eli's, are provided and maintained by operator TJ Beyer. TJ keeps his games in fantastic shape and is awesome about responding quickly to service calls. If you're looking to add pinball to your business, you won't find a better operator! You can reach him at funpinball@gmail.com.

Support our awesome venues!

A big part of the motivation behind Oakland Pinball Warriors is to drive traffic to some of these venues that don't have enough machines or space to host regular competitive events.

We want to show these venues that having pinball machines is good for business!

So please, when you go to play, make sure to be polite to the staff, support the business buy purchasing food or drink, tip appropriately, and let them know that you're there because of the pinball!

FAQ & Rules

What are the dates of the current season?

Qualifying for our February season will run from February 1st, 2018 through midnight on February 28th, 2018.

December season playoffs for qualified players will be held on Sunday, February 11th, starting at 11:30am at Scarlet City (3960 Adeline St, Emeryville, CA 94608) in Emeryville.

How do I qualify for playoffs?

At the end of the season, all players who have submitted scores on at least four machines will be invited to playoffs. Starting in March:

The top 4 qualifiers will earn a spot in A Division playoffs.

All remaining qualifiers will compete for the remaining 12 spots for A Division playoffs.

All qualifiers will compete in B Division

How much does it cost?

$5 for each finals you attend, plus the cost of game play!

How do I sign up?

Send us an e-mail at oaklandpinballwarriors@gmail.com with your full name saying you want to play.

Register for a free account on MatchPlay.events, and then add yourself to the tournament.

If you're on Facebook, join the Oakland Pinball Warriors Facebook group.

How do I submit my scores?

Once you've added yourself to the tournament on MatchPlay, visit the scores page and click the orange button at the top that says "Submit Scores".

From the list that appears, pick the game you want to submit a score for. Click "select photo" to upload the picture of your score, and then enter the actual score in the field below. Click "save score."

Your scores will be reflected in the standings once the photo has been verified by an administrator.

How long do I have to turn in my photos?

You need to submit your photos within 12 hours of playing the game.

What if I have trouble getting a picture of myself with my score?

Your pictures don't have to be good, but you do have to be in them.

If the best you can get in a selfie is a picture where the score is a little blurry, it's okay to take a supplemental picture just of the score and e-mail it for verification.

Some players may find it easier to carry around a photo of themselves, and then hold the photo (even your driver's license could work) up next to their score. This is allowed.

Can I use a score I earned during another pinball event?

You may use scores you achieved during any non-IFPA pinball event (Belles & Chimes, Gentleperson's Pinball Society), but not scores from a WPPR event (Tuesday tournaments at Five10).

What if I have trouble uploading my photo to MatchPlay?

If you run into any problems using MatchPlay or forget to attach your photo to a score, send us the picture at oaklandpinballwarriors@gmail.com.

In the body of the e-mail, include your full name, the name of the game you played, and the score you achieved.

What if I have a problem with a game?

Let our operator know so he can fix it! Send an e-mail describing the issue to funpinball@gmail.com.

Do I get WPPRs for this?

YES! The Oakland Pinball Warriors super selfie league is endorsed by the International Flipper Pinball Association and will award points towards your World Pinball Player Ranking.

If you don't have a world ranking, you will after playing in the league! Everyone who participates will become a world ranked pinball player just by playing.

Can I play extra balls?

Yes! Play your entire game, including any extra balls you earn.

Can I give my friends gameplay tips while they're playing?

Yes! During qualifying (the selfie portion of the league), coaching is not just allowed, it's encouraged! Playing with someone else and talking about what's going on in the game is a great way to get better. So go ahead and let your friends know when they've got a jackpot lit, how many shots they need to start multiball, or what they're supposed to shoot for in the mode they just started.

Any other rules I should know about?

Yes! Other than being allowed to play extra balls and give/receive advice from other players, you should play your games as though you were in a normal tournament. This means:

  • No death saves or bang-backs. When your ball drains, it is over and you are not allowed to push it back into play.
  • You should report all machine malfunctions to funpinball@gmail.com.
  • You may not take advantage of beneficial malfunctions. If the game breaks in a way that gives you an advantage (a ball becomes stuck in multiball, certain shots start awarding points when they shouldn't), stop playing.
  • No buy-ins allowed (i.e., you cannot purchase an extra ball at the end of the game, even if the machine is set up to allow that).

How do you know people are using their own scores?

Because we're adults and it's only pinball and seriously if someone is cheating at this WTF is wrong with them?

Oakland Pinball Warriors runs on an honor system. We trust our players to abide by the rules of competition.

What happens if someone does break the rules?

If a player is caught cheating or breaking the rules, they will be suspended from the league. They will be eligible to participate again after a full season has passed.

If a player is caught cheating again after returning from suspension, they will be permanently banned from the league.

More Bay Area Pinball

We have a fantastic pinball community in the Bay Area, with many leagues and frequent tournaments. Learn more about our many pinball events at HellaHeartPinball.com.

Contact Us

Get in touch with us by sending an e-mail to oaklandpinballwarriors@gmail.com.