Two Highly Collectible Games; Proceeds Benefit 8 Players
CHICAGO, IL – December 13, 2023 – Stern Pinball, Inc. (SPI) announced the auction of two highly collectible pinball games played by Fighting Illini football players during the team’s 2023 season as part of the NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) program. A Foo Fighters Premium and Venom Premium pinball machine were housed in the Liuget Players’ Lounge at the Henry Dale and Betty Smith Performance Football Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. During the season, players competed against one another and boasted their pinball prowess on social media as they rose on the leaderboards.
Stern Pinball’s award-winning Foo Fighters Premium pinball game and smash hit Venom Premium pinball game feature the award-winning Insider Connected technology in addition to some additional collectibles for these one-of-kind machines including:
- A numbered plaque (1 of 1)
- Player-autographed translite for each game’s backbox or separate framing
- Autographed official University of Illinois football helmet
- Certificate of Authenticity signed by Stern Pinball’s President and CEO
Proceeds from the auction will benefit eight football players on the 2023 Fighting Illini football team as part of the NIL program, helping to empower student-athletes on and off the field:
- Luke Altmyer
- Malik Elzy
- Casey Washington
- Josh McCray
- Reggie Love III
- Kenenna Odeluga
- Hank Beatty
- Shawn Miller
The auction starts right now and will end at 7pm CT on Wednesday, December 20, 2023. To bid on these special collectible machines, please visit Captain’s Auction Warehouse for all details – https://bid.captainsauctionwarehouse.com/auctions/catalog/id/130
About the Venom Premium Pinball Game
Stern Pinball’s smash hit game Venom stars one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Universe. Choose your host and change the game on this action-packed machine brought to life with beautiful comic book-style artwork as well as digital and physical changing elements based on your choice of character! To learn more about Venom Pinball, please visit https://sternpinball.com/game/venom/
About the Foo Fighters Premium Pinball Game
Stern Pinball’s award-winning Foo Fighters brings a full concert experience home as players are immersed in an epic pinball adventure featuring 15 iconic songs spanning the band’s expansive catalog. To learn more about Foo Fighters Pinball, please visit https://sternpinball.com/game/foo-fighters/
About Insider Connected
Insider Connected is a comprehensive technology initiative to connect the universe of Stern pinball machines. The platform is designed to enhance and extend player engagement with the games across both home and commercial environments. It also presents professional operators of the pinball machines a robust set of tools to drive location play, build player loyalty, analyze performance, make adjustments remotely, and maintain the machines.
Registration for Insider Connected is available at insider.sternpinball.com. Players can also register at a connected game by scanning a registration QR code on the machine. Once a player registers, they are issued a unique QR Code that can be used to identify that player at any connected Stern pinball machine anywhere in the world. When a player scans into the machine, they can track progress, earn new game specific achievements, engage with the player community, and participate in promotions and Challenge Quests.
“Insider Connected is transforming how players interact with pinball machines. Operators are benefiting from new tools that drive repeat play and help maintain games remotely while players can earn special entertainment location badges,” said Seth Davis, President and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.
About Stern Pinball, Inc.
Stern Pinball, Inc. creates compelling entertainment that inspires a lifetime love of games, sparks passion, forges friendships, and connects people everywhere through fun, innovative, technologically advanced pinball games, and experiences. Headquartered minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in the heart of North America, the company creates, designs, engineers, manufactures, markets, and distributes a full line of technologically advanced terrestrial and digital pinball games, parts, accessories, and merchandise. Stern Pinball serves digital, consumer, commercial, and corporate markets around the globe.
Recent Stern Pinball titles include Venom, Foo Fighters, James Bond 007, Rush, Godzilla, The Mandalorian, Led Zeppelin, Avengers: Infinity Quest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stranger Things, Elvira’s House of Horrors, Jurassic Park, Black Knight: Sword of Rage, The Munsters, The Beatles, Deadpool, Iron Maiden, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Aerosmith, Ghostbusters, KISS, Metallica, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Star Trek, AC/DC, Batman, and Spider-Man. A broad range of players enjoy Stern Pinball’s games from professional pinball players who compete in high-stakes 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.
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