Archive for the ‘Silver Strike Bowling’ category

Incredible Technologies announces SSB Sweepstakes, will give away bigger prizes

December 19, 2008

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In these troubled times that we hear and see so much about lately, there are some good reasons to head over to your local arcade place which has online enabled games because competition in this arena is starting to heat up.  In the latest press release from Incredible Technologies, they are throwing down the gauntlet by making the announcement about increasing the prizes for Silver Strike Bowling online by 50% next year, while keeping the fees for operators unchanged. That’s pretty bold move considering the perceived and real state of the economy, but business is about taking risks and making bold moves, even when the going is tough. According to the release, the typical monthly prize is going to raise from $5000 to $7500 and they are getting rid of the ten $100 weekly winner prizes and are replacing that with one $1000 winner per week. If you feel like you need a ‘bailout’ of sorts, then it looks like online arcade competition gaming is going to be a good place to look for it.

IT’s SSB Sweepstakes press release is after the jump

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Silver Strike Bowling Winners for May & June

August 9, 2008

There have been a lot of official competitions being run by arcade developers lately and with those, winners to gather the prizes. First off is Silver Strike Bowling, which continues to hold competitions with monthly prize giveaways. According to IT, it shouldn’t be too hard to find an SSB09 in the US as there are 7,000 locations that have upgraded to the game since April (it is true that not all of those are arcades but many are bars but either way it’s attention for arcade games).  In May they gave away a brand new Jeep (where the winner also got $300 in gas money, as pictured)and in June a $5,000 gift card to Bass Pro Shops. More details are in the press release below but I just wanted to take the time to point out that this is one thing that makes arcades great – friendly competitions with great prizes. Playing a competition with people over the internet is one thing but this is entirely different and better.

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Silver Strike Bowling Jeep Sweepstakes video

July 29, 2008

A while back I remember that we posted about a contest involving the arcade title Silver strike Bowling 2009 where they were giving away a jeep as the grand prize but I missed out on the details of how that turned out. Fortunately a video was recently posted to youtube that covers how that went down, check it out below (thanks to Incredible Technologies for pointing this out). It’s pretty crazy that she hadn’t really played Silver Strike before and made it as the grand prize winner – that’s a nice jeep too, more kudos out to IT for giving away some awesome prizes like this.

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Silver Strike Bowling Championship results

July 15, 2008

One way to get players out to the arcade is to hold a tournament of sorts – get several people signed up, offer a cash prize, etc. While operators can only do this on a limited basis, some manufacturers are holding national tournaments with big prizes to get people out and play. A fine example of this is the recent national tournament held with Incredible Technologies Silver Strike Bowling 2009. In a rather lengthy press release, the story is told of the 32 qualifiers who made it to the Vegas tournament out of the many hundreds of people that played the game. According to the press release “Over 1 million online games were played on nearly 10,000 Silver Strike Machines by players attempting to qualify for the live finals in Vegas.” Any way you look at it, that is quite good for an arcade game to have that many online games played on it and the fact that SSB09 already has nearly 10,000 machines online across the country (the game only came out a short time ago) is impressive as well.

As I mentioned, the following release (check it out after the post break where you’ll also find pictures from the event) is rather lengthy but tells the story of what went down in Vegas (which isn’t staying in Vegas in this case :P), from the beginning where it started out with 32 players vying for the prize to the last round with Dan and Mike. The story about Mike “Schmagwag” Cornwell (pictured to the left with his $10,000 prize), the new SSB Champion is intriguing and emotional and worth a read – his family was among the many who were recently devastated by the floods in Iowa, so for him to win the $10,000 prize was even more important. Congrats to Mike! [Incredible Technologies] [Discuss on the Forum]

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Some prizes to expect for Silver Strike Bowling 2009

May 10, 2008

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We have mentioned Silver Strike Bowling 2009 a few times recently, as Incredible Technologies has been making a large effort to make the game attractive with the number of prizes that they are offering via contests with the game. I received a short list of some new items they are offering with the game, in addition to the $100,000 national championship – if you don’t get that you could end up winning a $10,000 Home Depot gift card or a brand new Jeep Wrangler. The more national tournaments like this with big money and big prizes (“I love it!”) are the sort of things we need to see with our arcade games.

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Firefighter wins $10,000 gift card from Incredible Technologies

April 18, 2008

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Here’s a good story we received from Incredible Technologies. While it’s always great to see people winning big prizes (as the narrator on SmashTV says: “Big Money, Big Prizes, I love it!”) from arcade games, it’s even better when it’s someone whose job it is to put their life on the line to help the rest of us out, as was the case with a firefighter in Pennsylvania.

The firefighters of Engine Company 2 in Norristown Pennsylvania love their Silver Strike Bowling. They love it so much that they have a machine in their firehouse. And of course it’s an online Bowler’s Club machine, after all the guys love checking their stats and having a shot at the sweepstakes.
They say it’s a great way to kill time when they’re not out saving lives and homes.
And it earns well! Generally bringing in close to $300 every two weeks.
So you can imagine our surprise – and heartfelt joy – when Stephen Keeley, the firehouse’s 9-1-1 coordinator won March’s top sweepstakes prize: a $10,000 American Airlines gift card! Stephen’s entry was chosen at random from over 1.9 million entries.

It’s cool to hear that these firefighters have an arcade game on site there, for some reason that reminds me of the arcade games you see in the background on Ghostbusters. Anyways, congratulations to Steve!

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Silver Strike Bowling 2009 National Championship begins

April 16, 2008

In what is considered to be the largest video bowling tournament ever, qualifying for the Silver Strike Bowling National Championship has begun today, with $100,000 in total prizes on the line. With the potential for 800 winners, this gives a lot of people a chance at winning a cash prize from IT and on top of that if one is good enough(and plays enough) you can make it to the Regional Leaderboards and maybe a trip to Vegas for one final showdown. From the SSB Championship page:

Capped off by a 32-person event at the Kingpin Suite of the Palms Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas, the National Championship will captivate, enthrall and fuel players across the country as they try to strike and spare their way to stardom.

And what’s at stake is nothing less than immortality. Eight bowlers from four regions will prove through a six-week qualifier that they have the skill and determination to be called a champion. They’ll receive a trip to Las Vegas, Silver Strike Bowling apparel and gear, invitations to exclusive parties and at least a $1,000 slice of the $100,000 purse – one of the largest prize pots in video game history!

Keep in mind that this is only for SSB2009 and not the previous version 07 and you need to get an SSB players card so you have an ID to follow, which the game will ask for if you select the Bowler’s Menu in the game. Cards should be sold by the operator that has the game and I believe you can also buy them direct from IT, but I’m not sure how. The qualifying event ends on May 31st and to qualify you need to play 100 games. It’s too bad that I’m still not open yet with my arcade like I should be, as I’d jump on this in a heartbeat as an operator. The site below has more details and also national leaderboards.

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Incredible Technologies gearing up for their largest coin-op sweepstakes ever

April 9, 2008

One aspect about coin-op game creator Incredible Technologies that I have always liked are the sweepstakes that they run with their various games, from Golden Tee to Silver Strike Bowling and even to Bags. Probably the best part about the giveaways is that they aren’t forgettable thanks to some of the great prizes they give to players in addition to fairly large cash prizes that are given out throughout the sweepstakes. For this reason I would like an IT game in my arcade – even though they focus more on the bar scene I think that it works for regular arcade operators as well. The sweepstakes give something for players to look forward to and talk about when away from the arcade.

Starting next week, Incredible Technologies will launch their largest sweepstakes ever, in accordance with the release of the new Silver Strike Bowling 2009. They will also be re-launching the ITs website that will offer new features for operators. Here is a video showing off two winners that got brand new Harley Davidson’s from the last sweepstakes and stay tuned as we find out more.

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Silver Strike Bowling 2009 release and some big prize giveaways.

March 20, 2008

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In a press release sent out today by Incredible Technologies, they have some big prizes that they have given away in conjunction with their SSB Sweepstakes that is always running along with SSB 2007. The grand prize winners for December and January received some fun they could run around in – one received a Harley-Davidson Soft Tail Motorcycle for the winner in Wisconsin and for another winner in Florida they received 2 brand new Sea Doo Jet Skis. From the press release:

 In early January, the Port Richey, FL native and her husband Billy made the simple decision to purchase Silver Strike player cards. Having heard of the benefits of being cardholders – namely the opportunity to enter the sweepstakes – the two saw it as a great way to get the most out of their Silver Strike game play.

Well on January 25, Susan’s new card gave her the ultimate return on investment when it helped her become the January winner of two brand new Sea-Doo jet skis!

This is one reason I’d like to get connected with SSB in my own arcade – for players that get the cards from participating venues I think it gives some extra value for them as in addition to the big prizes, IT constantly gives away cash prizes. With the new SSB 2009, they will be giving away even more prizes. And speaking of that, the press release also reveals that Silver Strike Bowling 2009 will be released next month in April. I don’t doubt that it will be at ASI so we will see how players and operators react to the game next week.

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Silver Strike Bowling Sweepstakes video

February 16, 2008

I really have to hand it to Incredible Technologies – since not every arcade or bar can be relied on to hold arcade game competitions, they’ve taken it upon themselves to run some great sweepstakes that drums up interest in both arcade games as well as IT’s own offerings. Now it’s true that they are not the only ones  doing this – Raw Thrills’/Play Mechanix/Betson has done some pretty high profile competitions for Big Buck Hunter that we’ve reported about in the past, it seems that the difference between the two companies is in the frequency of the competitions. Either way I don’t believe it matters who is doing it as long as any company takes the initiative to market their game in this manner, which highlights the strengths of the arcade social scene. Here is a video from  user SilverStrikeBowling that highlights a recent Silver Strike bowling sweepstake where the winner got tickets to the Super Bowl. That’s probably the best thing I’ve seen out of these competitions – they give away good prizes and not throw away crap. I should also point out our recent news of Silver Strike Bowling 2009 where IT promises even more cash prizes along some more big stuff.

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