I missed the evolution of this thread last night, but have discussed with Josh via email.
I have suppressed my profile because @pinwizj said flat-out that input was not valid unless someone stepped up and did it. I don’t know why that’s the bar for him but I can do it if needed.
I feel strongly that the IFPA as the “guiding light in competitive pinball” needs to consider the impact their sponsorships and endorsements have on the sport and hobby, it’s not just the lighting mod guy with the advertising strategies and ethics that I don’t agree with but what seems to me to be a trend. If more companies take advertising approaches similar to pinstadium and get greenlighted by the IFPA I think it will actually be very harmful for the hobby. I don’t expect Josh to act on this input but dismissing it entirely is not OK.
IFPA has doubled the number of listed sponsors in the last year or so (looks like 43 right now) and we have already seen an increase in the amount of IFPA-email-list-fueled outbound marketing.
It looks like I’m going to miss out on SCS this year and we’ll see what happens in the future. It seems like Josh is taking this feedback seriously and as always I sincerely appreciate everything he does for us.