What is Scorbit? Official Thread


#1

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:

https://goo.gl/forms/VZ8dVp3Ba4MO9LzZ2

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!

Thanks,


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#2

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…


#3

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


#4

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!!


#5

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


#6

Do you have a video demo of what it does?


#7

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.


#8

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


#9

It will be incorporated into the INDISC stream this weekend.


#10

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


#11

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


#12

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.


#13

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!