What is Scorbit? Official Thread

Hey all. We decided it probably would be best to start an official topic, since we’re getting a lot of questions about our platform. Feel free to ask, and we’ll answer what we can.

We’re at INDISC right now integrating with the amazing folks here operating the tournament, installed in games and connected to our service. It’s been quite a journey! Anyway, our team has been busy at work developing a great product and service and we (the team behind Scorbit) wanted to share an update. We sent an e-mail out to the people who signed up for our mailing list on our website and we wanted to share that update with everyone here.

Scorbit is not a mod - It’s a platform.

We’ve created custom hardware, mobile applications, and a robust Internet service to glue it all together. While that may sound daunting, this is nothing new to us at Scorbit… We are technology veterans and successful entrepreneurs with a history of bringing new products and services to market. Our international team already includes over ten people and dozens of industry advisors bringing with them decades of expertise. We’re also pinball players, operators and most importantly enthusiasts, just like all of you, and do this with a passionate commitment to the community.

What is Scorbit?

At the highest level, Scorbit is connected pinball. Scorbit allows scores and other data to be real-time broadcasted to an Internet service from a pinball machine, ranging from solid state to DMD and modern era machines. You can imagine the many applications that emerge from doing that.

It all starts with the Scorbitron, a compact, powerful, fancy piece of hardware that took us years to develop, that is installed in the backbox of a machine. The Scorbitron takes it’s input data from several different potential sources and communicates that data over an Internet connection to the Scorbit platform (via an API) in the cloud. The Scorbitron can also act as a monitoring device, grabbing essential data for operators, eventually enabling remote software upgrades and other administrative functions to make managing and operating machines much easier.

The Scorbitron is the brain and we’ve designed a way to easily connect it to all types of machines. Solid states, DMDs, modern games, all have different platforms and data sources, and all require some special thought. We designed custom hardware for these situations to ensure the Scorbitron works with many machines, not just one specific kind.

Players and operators use a mobile app, called Scorbit. For players, you’ll be able to use the app to log in and identify what player number in a game you are which allows your scores to be associated with your player profile on Scorbit. Once you “check in” to a machine, you can choose to keep your score on a permanent leaderboard for that machine, which has its own unique identifier. We have loads of other features that will be available in the future on the platform. That’s the beauty of this: We can expand functions fairly easily, and fully intend to offer both our own and third party integrations that make this more powerful for players and operators.

Operators of machines will have a special feature set within the Scorbit app, allowing remote management of the machine for specific purposes. Imagine being able to set happy hour pricing, getting alerts when things break, viewing dashboards for valuable data or being able to even remotely upgrade the software of a modern machine, all from your app.

Finally, all of this is an open platform, allowing venues, tournament operators, live streamers and others to create integrations and visualizations to suit their needs. We will publish our API specifications that will allow developers in the pinball community to create some awesome integrations and solutions.

When can I get one?

As we mentioned, we started this project several years ago, so it’s taken a long time to get to the point now where we’re officially in beta. It’s hard to keep a secret that long, believe me. We were prototyping and demoing this starting a couple years ago, and installed our device at INDISC in 2018. However, this is a complex project, with people working on it all around the world, with many moving parts, so despite our desire to share our excitement, we wanted to wait until we were this far along to talk about it. We’re working with select operators now in our early beta program to test our latest hardware in field conditions. You will likely see Scorbit in certain venues and being used in some tournaments. Then, this year, we will expand the beta program for the Scorbitron and take reservations in advance shipping our products. We will provide updates to all reservation holders, keeping them in the loop of the process and are aiming to see Scorbitrons installed in pinball machines as soon as we can. We know this community deserves real products, not vaporware, which is one of the reasons we’ve waited so long to share our story and why we will not be charging for orders until products are in hand and ready to ship.

How much will it cost?

I know, it’s the big question. We really can’t announce pricing now, as we’re still working out our manufacturing and production costs. Frankly, we also expect our pricing model to be influenced by the feedback we are getting from people like you (and this forum) during this early beta program. We want to make sure this product is affordable for operators and yet is set up in a way that covers the support for a real-time, high volume Internet service.

How do I get in on this early beta?

If you’re interested in participating in the early beta, we’ve set up an online survey that you can fill out here:


Understand, the beta has already begun, and we already have a lot of interest, so we’ll do our very best to accommodate who we can, when we can.

Stay tuned and we’ll keep you informed as we enter the next phase of the beta!



Hey everyone - just wanted to chime in. I’ve been working on Scorbit with Jay and Ron for a while now and we’re super excited to share it with everyone…


Congrats to everyone involved for getting this far! Excited to keep an eye on your company and hopefully get to play with the tech!


Signed up for beta. Would love to start using this at my yearly events at my house (40-50 ppl) and Pincinnati events.

Thanks for doing this!!


Truly hats off for what sounds like an amazing bit of kit that could revolutionise tournaments. Can’t remember exactly when I first signed up to the mailing list, but was really happy to get the update earlier today.

Best of luck


Do you have a video demo of what it does?

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I’ve been working with the Scorbit crew to create integrations between Scorbit and Match Play. If you run tournaments using Match Play and you or your operator is in part of the Scorbit Beta get in touch at play@matchplay.events if you want to influence how Scorbit and Match Play can work together.


This is amazing news! Excited to see what Scorbit can do and for all the integrations.

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It will be incorporated into the INDISC stream this weekend.


There’s also stream from City Champ showing Scorbit in action on a few of the pins.


saw that today looks great looking foward to seeing the other parts of the information you can get from it.

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Very cool and excited for this as a possible way to evaluate play On A particular game.

Talking through strategy ahead of play and then evaluating scores based in that strategy.

Then attempting a new strategy and evaluating the new strategy.

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can’t wait to see the API! i’d love to integrate it with iScored ( https://www.iScored.info ) and get to a point where people don’t even have to manually enter their scores!


Hey everyone! We just sent out an e-mail update to our Mailing List and wanted to share the update with everyone here - if you’re at TPF, come say hi!

Greetings and Happy Spring from Scorbit HQ in San Francisco! It’s hard to believe that three months have passed since we unveiled Scorbit at INDISC in January. We were thrilled to have received such an overwhelming and positive response from the pinball community! Our thanks to everyone who subscribed to stay current with our progress. Since January, we’ve been hard at work and are excited to share our progress.


If you’re planning on attending the Texas Pinball Festival, come by and see us there! You can see Scorbit in action on both a modern DMD as well as a solid state pinball machine in the B.O.S. Pinball Lounge booth. We’re also excited to be sponsoring several of the great tournaments going on there as well. There is nothing quite like the Texas Pinball Festival, so we jumped at the opportunity to exhibit and celebrate all the pinball fun that goes on at the show. If you will be there, don’t miss us in the B.O.S. Pinball Lounge as we’ll be giving away some cool Scorbit Swag and have a contest for you to enter to win a Scorbitron!


As we’re ramping up things at Scorbit HQ, we decided it was time to roll out a proper website at https://scorbit.io, Visit the new site for everything Scorbit. Expect it to change frequently as we add additional news and information.


Since we introduced you to the Scorbit platform back in January, we’ve been working on refining the service and hardware design as well as preparing for additional manufacturing. We’re testing the app, the back-end service and API, and fine-tuning the features. We’re still working out the details, specifically how much it will cost, as our beta program informs some additional features for the hardware. We will make the device affordable for Operators and Home Use pinball machine owners, so we’re working to make that happen. However, we got such a huge response to the Scorbitron… and many of you told us you wanted one as soon as possible, so we wanted to provide a way to make that happen! At the same time, we didn’t want to start taking pre-orders and take full advanced payment, as we know that has been a source of frustration with other pinball products. The last thing we want to do is not deliver on a promise to the pinball community! Finally, as we zero in on the pricing, it would be a mistake to put a number down too soon. Therefore, we think we came up with a solution that will help ensure that you early adopters can be among the first people to get a Scorbitron.

On the new Scorbit website, we’re excited to be opening up advanced reservations to purchase a Scorbitron. What this means is that you’ll be able to reserve your spot in line for purchase now! We’ll be asking for a small payment of $25.00 that will be applied to the final cost of your purchase and we will process the Scorbitron sales in the order the reservations are received.

Over the course of the next several months, we will formally announce pricing. Then, as we near shipping, we will give you advance warning that the final remaining charge is imminent. If at any time you decide you do not want to purchase a Scorbitron, we will refund your $25.00 in full. If you’d like to reserve your Scorbitron, head over to https://scorbit.io

We fully understand many of you will want to wait for the pricing announcement before reserving, and of course you’re welcome to do so! Either way, we’re excited to get you on the platform.


In addition to the overwhelming response to the Scorbitron, we were inundated with interest in our beta program. We’re planning on expanding the beta program this Spring, so if you haven’t applied yet, head over to the Beta Application and fill out your entry: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJfKcWkhtiPunEWoeSHMCBugf_Pr9d-xq2PUifWMMAYNFNoQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

We’ll be sending an update to the beta program applicants in the coming weeks so make sure you sign up today to be one of the first people to experience the Scorbit platform.

Thanks again to everyone for your interest in Scorbit and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to be up to date on the latest news and announcements.

The Scorbit Team - Jay Adelson, Brian O’Neill and Ron Richards


This looks amazing, but how can someone be expected to pay $25 to reserve an item that has no price tag?


Totally valid question. We wanted to provide a way for people to reserve their spot to purchase one, but we wanted to avoid a full pre-order as we’re still working out the cost of manufacturing and the full cost of the product. So, we figured the $25 would be a small amount for someone to show their interest in buying one and ensure that they get one of the first products available.

The $25 will be applied to a purchase of a Scorbitron and if you decide you don’t want to buy one, we’ll refund the $25 back to you in full.


I skimmed a lot of the info. Will this be able to talk with Matchplay so that we could just imbed the scores on the already existing Matchplay broadcast link?

Also reserved a device. Can’t wait to try this!

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I can neither confirm nor deny that this is already halfway working


I can confirm that we’re HUGE Matchplay users and fans. AND we’re also using OPDB from the get go :slight_smile:


Hey everyone! Wanted to share this article from Fast Company about what we’ve been doing at Scorbit:

We’re psyched to help bring a spotlight to Pinball and hopefully help make Pinball even more fun!