The pipe dream is that pinball can get to the level where we have such higher viewship that sponsorship money can help make the first P in PAPA actually mean something, right?
There is potential return on investment here, if I'm going to be very optimistic. We are living in this strange golden age of gaming on the internet where teenagers are dropping out of school to yell loudly into a microphone while playing video games on twitch and youtube, making enough money on ad and donation revenue to move out of their parent's basement. Pinball commentary sounds a lot more like golf than some of these youtube millionaires. Maybe we should yell more.
Money is a huge issue though @jdelz , and it's a blessing that we have so many obsessed pinball fans who will volunteer their time to do what we currently have with the games and streaming. I'm interested in trying to implement some software stuff on my own time that has been suggested here and with other people I've brought this up to, such as the ability to track switch hits toward a goal, points per minute, live win estimation, multiball availability, etc.
The IFPA site, in my view, has been pinball's best friend these past few years. It's created enough of an incentive to have people put more events on it and given everyone a way to check out what events are coming up. I'd say it's pretty much invaluable to have at this point a centralized hub for all ranked, public pinball events, since most pinball events are ranked.