The Stern of the Union Address, your monthly resource for news, information and highlights on all things Stern Pinball.  Without further ado my fellow pinheads:

James Bond 007:

In case you missed it live, make sure you catch the replay of the latest Marco Pinball PinTech LIVE with George Gomez and Mike Vinikour here!  In celebration of this latest hit game, George and Mike take a deep dive into the Premium and LE models, exploring all of the mechanical features and what’s in store in the future.

CES 2023:

Stern Pinball made its triumphant return to Las Vegas for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.  With a brand new booth, brand new games, and Insider Connected, Stern was featured and included in a record number of media coverage pieces.  In case you missed out in person, check out a recap here!

Insider ConnectedTM:

Stern Pinball keeps expanding its award-winning Insider Connected platform and there is no better way to relive all that you achieved in 2022 by checking out your personal Year in Review feature.  In addition, if you’ve ever wondered how difficult a certain achievement is to accomplish, check out our brand new Achievement Rarity Percentage feature to see how you stack up!

Test yourself and participate in our next Global Leaderboard!  Find your nearest Stern pinball machine featured on our current worldwide Leaderboard via any connected machine. Log in with your Insider Connected account at your home or a location near you to climb up the ranks, follow the action, and see who will emerge victorious and earn those ultimate bragging rights! As always, we’ll also be running a verified location leaderboard, showcasing who the true grand champion is!

Brewcade Hopping with Stern Pinball:

Mic check 1, 2… is this thing on?  We didn’t have to travel far to visit Mikerphone Brewing in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.  With a killer collection of beer, music, and pinball, Mikerphone Brewing has made the perfect neighbor to Stern Pinball.  Check out the latest episode of Brewcade Hopping!

For more information on how to make your brewery flip out, visit here!

The Coolest Topper in the Galaxy:

IGN takes a closer look at the coolest pinball topper in the galaxy.  Check out what makes The Mandalorian topper truly special in this video recap here!

Gameroom of the Month:

Congrats to Timothy Stump for winning Gameroom of the Month!  Do you have a special home gameroom you want to share with the world?  Submit your incredible gameroom directly to for your chance to win an exclusive Stern Swag Pack!

The Pinball Awards:

What a RUSH!  Not shying away from the Limelight, Rush pinball dominated this year’s Pinball Awards, taking home the win for best music (naturally), best lighting effects, best rules, best layout, and hands down, THE game of the year!  In case you missed it live, fly by night to watch a replay of the festivities!


Stern Army Updates:

The Stern Army continues to grow with troops spreading the gospel of pinball across the globe.  Here are our newest troops and the pinball locations they support:

  • Private Jacob Flick of Missouri (Red Fish Blue Fish)
  • Private Cole Grantham of Arizona (Castles n Coasters)
  • Private Matthew Knippen of Illinois (Crafted 1979)

Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Staff Sergeant to Sergeant First Class:

  • Sergeant First Class Don Johnson of Ohio (Kidforce Collectibles, Full Blast Arcade, Top Level Gaming, Annabelle’s, and Melt Bar and Grilled)
  • Sergeant First Class Jason Thomas of Colorado (The Garage Billiards and J Bo’s Pizza and Ribs)
  • Sergeant First Class Tracy Lindbergh of Arizona (Tilt Studio)
  • Sergeant First Class Marvin Ortscheid of Ohio (Stonehedge Family Fun Center)
  • Sergeant First Class Sean Spindler of Wisconsin (Schwoegler’s Entertainment Center, Pooley’s Sports Bar and Event Center, and I/O Arcade Bar)
  • Sergeant First Class Mark Schulz of California (Harbor Town Pub, Waterfront Bar & Grill, Dyno Bar/Aero Club, and Club Marina)
  • Sergeant First Class Parker Thomas of Michigan (Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum)
  • Sergeant First Class Dan Gutchess of Colorado (The 1up Lodo and Colfax)
  • Sergeant First Class Shane Nazari of California (On Tilt @ AYCE Gogi)
  • Sergeant First Class Jason Wilson of Tennessee (Game Galaxy)
  • Sergeant First Class Nick Greenup of Missouri (403 Club and Solid State Pinball Supply)

Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant:

  • Staff Sergeant Dick Curtis of Texas (Pinballz Arcade)

Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Corporal to Sergeant:

  • Sergeant David Benke of South Carolina (The Break)
  • Sergeant CC Castaneda of California (Captain’s Arcade Showroom)
  • Sergeant Jeremy Floyd of Indiana (Floyd’s Arcade and Pinball, Super Geeks and Gaming, and Pizza King)

Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Specialist to Corporal:

  • Corporal Vaughan Jones of Australia (Sunshine Coast Pinball)
  • Corporal Tony Murphy of Minnesota (Midtown Bar and Grill)
  • Corporal Connor Stowe of Oregon (Next Level Pinball Shop & Museum)
  • Corporal Dan Sexauer of Missouri (Up Down STL and The Silver Ballroom)

Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Private to Private First Class:

  • Private First Class Jonathan Soon of California (Super Arcade)
  • Private First Class Jason Greye of Washington (Another Castle Arcade Bremerton)
  • Private First Class Josh Noble of Missouri (Shangri-La)
  • Private First Class Michael Eccleston of Utah (Quarters Arcade Bar)
  • Private First Class Matthew Ruder of Illinois (Gone Axe Throwing)
  • Private First Class Steve Howard of New Mexico (Rad Retrocade)
  • Private First Class Tyler Bates of Canada (Black Diamond Collectables)
  • Private First Class Michael Ritter of Wisconsin (Up-Down Milwaukee)

For more information and to join the Stern Army, please reach out to

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Brewery of the Month:

Congrats to Living the Dream Brewing Company of Littleton, Colorado for winning Brewery of the Month! Everyone knows that there’s no better combo than pinball and beer!  Do you have a special brewery you want to share with the world?  Submit your brewery pictures directly to for your chance to be featured as our next winner!

Stern Pro Circuit:

Details on this year’s Stern Pro Circuit Championship will be finalized soon with the expansion of qualifiers increasing to 32 players and an even bigger prize pool!  Stay tuned for more updates soon and for full details on the Stern Pro Circuit, and to keep up with the current standings and schedule, please visit –

Upcoming Stern Pro Circuit Events:

Stern Pro Circuit Event Date Tournament Details
D82 Pinball Winter 3X 2/17-19
IFPA Pin-Masters 3/10-12
Texas Pinball Festival 3/24-26

Status of Code:

We are continuously working to update and improve software for our machines.  There are always code updates and bug fixes in various stages of development; we will release them upon update completion.  If you would like to join our mailing list for code updates, please send an e-mail to  If you do encounter any bugs please feel free to provide information to  Get Connected and play!

Code updates and read me files are available at

InterGame Pinball Feature:

Pinball has never been hotter than it is today.  For more than 150 years, it has fascinated and excited in equal measure, evolving well beyond its humble beginnings into the thrilling game it is today.  Check out this in-depth article highlighting all things pinball in this InterGame feature article.


It’s time for another PinClash, this time on Stern Pinball’s Godzilla!  Qualifying begins Friday, February 17th and runs through Sunday, April 2nd.  Open to ALL STREAMERS, the top 24 qualify for a chance to win a bunch of prizes.  Full details can be found here.

Stern Pinball Expands Technology Leadership:

Stern Pinball announced the appointment of Erica Frohm as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).  Stern added Erica as part of our organizational commitment to technology innovation.  Read the press release for additional details and please join us in welcoming Erica to the Stern team!


Check out our Stern Shop for all accessories, collectibles, clothing and more including our brand new merch items and collectibles!

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