10th Anniversary Big Buck Tourney Set To Break Records: Oct. 27-28

Posted On: 10/20/2017

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GLEN ELLYN, IL -- The 2017 Big Buck World Championship and Ladies' Tourney are looking as if they might be the largest in the event's 10-year history. With a total of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes on the line, 64 Big Buck players from around the world have secured spots during qualifiers that ended Oct. 1. The competition is scheduled to take place at the Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas on Oct. 27 and 28.

The top prize this year is $20,000, along with bragging rights that go along with the winner's name inscribed on the famed Pappy's Jug trophy.

According to company officials at Play Mechanix, the videogame studio that created Big Buck Hunter, a record number of spectators are expected at what is said to be the largest arcade eSport event in the world. With the actual competition taking place at the popular Hard Rock Café (not hotel), the host hotel, New York, New York, is within easy walking distance.

"This is the 10th anniversary of our world championship, and we're looking forward to putting on the best competition yet," said Play Mechanix's Jessica Petro. "Stern Pinball will be there with a pin area hosting their own championship. We'll also have Bandai Namco, ICE and Face Place on site. Buck Wild Snacks is sponsoring."

Twitch.tv will be streaming the event live on its homepage while Play Mechanix will be sending out a steady stream of news through multiple social media channels in real time, Petro added.

The annual competition, one of the best known in the arcade world, has gained an enviable reputation as a fun event. While the competition may be fierce, organizers have gone to great lengths to keep the mood light, both in the realm of social media and event venue. Competitors and their cheering sections often arrive in humorous costumes, adding to the festive atmosphere of the event.

"There are also a lot of things we have planned that we're not talking about," said Petro. "We want them to surprise for all of the contestants and spectators. But trust me, it's all going to be very cool."

The Big Buck World Championship continues to grow since the inaugural event in 2008. Last year's event at the Belmont in Austin, TX, in early November attracted a record number of qualifying players and more than 82,000 fans watching the action on Twitch TV.

At that event, reigning champ Sara Erlandson was defeated and Melinda Van Hoomissen was crowned as the 2016 Big Buck Ladies Tourney Champion, taking home $5,000 in prize money and the coveted Jugs of Destiny trophy. While in the men's category, two former champs,

Chris Fream (2012) and Trevor Gartner (2015) squared off for top honors. Following a close match, Gartner shot his way to victory, walking away from the competition with more than $20,000 in cash and prizes.

Introduced in 2000, Big Buck soon attracted a wide range of dedicated players. The Big Buck World Championship celebrates those avid fans of the game. Since its launch, the championship has consistently grown in the size of participants and spectators. Prior venues for the annual competition have included Austin, Chicago, New York City and Minneapolis. To qualify, players are required to participate in a worldwide tournament that takes place in the months leading up to the event. Players can qualify at any Big Buck HD machine connected to the CoinUp online system.