The Pinball Industry Awards

January 28, 2021

8:00PM CT / 9:00PM ET

About the Pinball Industry Awards

It is our goal to create an awards organization where the recipients of the awards would be determined by The Pinball Industry Awards Judging Panel, rather than determined by a popular vote. The judges will be comprised of pre-vetted pinball hobbyist media such as podcasters, streamers, video creators, writers, etc. In the effort for transparency, all judges, nominations, and vote tallies will be public.

Art Cabinet/Backglass

Art Playfield


Sound Effects

Call Outs

Lighting Effects


Animation, Display, and Effects

Theme Integration





Game Of The Year

The Pinball Industry Awards Governing Committee


Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for the 2020 Pinball Industry Awards, the pinball machine must have been released from 12/1/2019 to 12/1/2020.

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Category Award Judges

The Pinball Awards Judging Panel will be comprised of any Pinball Hobbyist Media who meets the criteria below. The PIA Governing Committee will vet each applicant around the eligibility requirements. All Judges will be identified by name and organization publicly on this site to ensure transparency of the judging pool but their final votes will be kept confidential. A list of declined judges and reasons why will be retained but not published. If an issue arises around someone being excluded the reasons why may then be made public. Once a person qualifies as a PIA Judging Panel Judge, they will receive the secure online voting ballot via email where they will vote for their Category Award choices


  • - Minimum 200 followers
  • - Minimum 50 hours streamed annually

Video Content Creator

  • - Minimum 10 standalone videos annually (Streaming content imported from another source excluded)
  • - Minimum 100 subscribers
  • - Content not web hosted will be reviewed case by case


  • - Minimum 1 annual written article (physical or online)
  • - Cannot have content behind a paywall
  • - Article be publicly available


To ensure The Pinball Industry Awards are as unbiased as possible we strive to keep conflicts of interest in the judging pool as small as possible. This requires exclusions in the selection criteria. Current employees or contract employees of industry manufacturers are unable to vote even if they meet the definition of Pinball Hobbyist Media.

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Recognition of Excellence Awards

The Excellence in Pinball Awards Judges will be comprised of The Pinball Network Members. It is our goal to prevent the Excellence Awards from becoming a popularity contest among those nominated. There will not be a 'winner' of each award, but a 'recipient' who the Excellence Award Judges wish to recognize. In some cases, there may actually be multiple recipients of an Excellence Award. To prevent a popular vote run off from happening, the PIA Governing Committee has determined to keep the judging pool closed with nominations and judging to be done by TPN members.

Each TPN Judge can nominate one individual per Excellence Category and defend that nomination to the other judges. Once all the nominations are submitted a discussion/vote will take place to determine majority agreement on a recipient(s).

All nominations, nominators, and their high level arguments will be posted on this website for transparency purposes.

Excellence In Pinball Streaming

This award honors a pinball streamer(s) that has displayed ‘Excellence in Pinball’ by significantly contributing to the sense of community in pinball, has innovated in terms of technology in broadcasting, worked to grow the community, has consistently engaged virtually on streaming platforms, built a professional and positive brand, and who is an ambassador to the hobby of pinball.

2020 Streaming Recipient(s)

2020 Streaming Nominees

Excellence In Pinball Podcasting

This award honors the pinball podcast that has displayed ‘Excellence in Pinball’ by providing consistent content, unique creative license, technical achievement in editing and sound production and furthered the hobby of pinball in a positive way.

2020 Podcasting Recipient(s)

2020 Podcasting Nominees

Excellence In Pinball Writing

This award honors a pinball writer that has displayed ‘Excellence in Pinball’ by publishing a pinball article of significance, be it fiction or non-fiction, formally printed or online and has built the literary portfolio of the hobby of pinball.

No 2020 Writing Nominees

Excellence In Pinball Photography

This award honors a pinball photographer that has displayed ‘Excellence in Pinball’ by publishing photography with an emphasis on pinball, where technical achievement is displayed and has advanced the photographic presence of the hobby of pinball.

2020 Photography Recipient(s)

2020 Photography Nominees

Excellence In Pinball Videography

This award honors a pinball videographer that has displayed ‘Excellence in Pinball’ by publishing videos featuring pinball content, whose ability to capture an event or communicate a pinball-oriented message is exceptional, where technical achievement and innovation is on display and has advanced the presence of the hobby of pinball in a visual medium.

2020 Videography Recipient(s)

2020 Videography Nominees


The Pinball Machine Hall of Fame

Annually, The Pinball Industry Awards Governing Committee will induct pinball machines (not individuals or design teams), voted on by the pinball community to the Pinball Machine Hall of Fame. Votes will be accepted until January 6th 2021, 12:00PM ET

Machines must:
- Have flippers
- Machines prior to 1995 must have a production run of 500+ machines
- Cannot include novelty machines
- Pro/Premium/LE machines are included as one machine

Electro-Mechanical (EM)

Grand Prix (Williams)

70s Solid State

Meteor (Stern)


Eight Ball Deluxe (Bally)


Medieval Madness (Williams)


The Lord of the Rings (Stern)


The Wizard of Oz (Jersey Jack Pinball)

Frequently Asked Questions

Isn't This Just the TWIPYs ?

The This Week In Pinball Yearly Awards (TWIPYs) are a great part of the hobby and are a People's Choice style award, which means everyone online can vote for their favorites. Conversely, The Pinball Industry Awards are a Critics Choice style of awards with a pre-vetted judging pool, comprised of the pinball industry Hobbyist Media.

No, really... Isn't this just the TWIPYs ?

This Week In Pinball does an amazing job of hosting the TWIPYs, a People’s Choice style award. Everyone should be proud of what TWIP brings to the hobby in terms of community engagement, energy, and quality. Pinball is an awesome hobby to be a part of and TPN wants to continue to diversify the various ways those who put so much into the hobby are celebrated. The best way to expand the hobby awards is adding a Critic’s Choice style award.

Are the Excellence Awards Biased Towards TPN ?

The Excellence Awards are designed to be a recognition of innovation and creativity in pinball, NOT a TPN provider celebration. Nominations will be from both inside and outside TPN and are based on merit. There is a great deal of debate among the Excellence Award Panel members regarding who should be nominated, the reasons they are nominated, and who should be publicly recognized for their yearly excellence.

Why are the Excellence Awards Chosen if the Judging Pool is Closed ?

To prevent a popular vote run off from happening the PIA Governing Committee has determined to keep the judging pool closed with nominations and judging to be done by TPN members.

How will The PIA Governing Committee Eliminate Bias in the Excellence Awards ?

Bias will always exist. By making all Excellence Awards judges, nominees, and final votes public, we plan on being as transparent and open as possible. This will help us manage conflicts of interest and bias. In the end, the pinball community will be the final judge.

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