Remember that this is NOT the mission statement of the WPPR system. Read no further then the first paragraph of our WPPR v5.3 announcement:
“Since the release of WPPR v5.2 for the 2016 season, the IFPA has continued investigating ways to make the World Pinball Player Rankings more accurate for how we rank players across the globe.”
This is about making the world rankings more accurate, and the selfie leagues are simply overvalued for “what they are”. It’s taking advantage of a system that’s built around events being organized and run by volunteers who spend countless hours, money and energy putting something on.
Compare that to the “effort” it takes to run a Selfie league, which for me is entering a score from my phone at my leisure, and finding a clever comment to post on Facebook along with posting a picture . . . and showing up for 90 minutes once a month to run a final. It’s really a f*cking joke (and I say that because I created it, and I still think it’s awesome, and I still think it has a place in this wide world of competitive pinball . . . just at a reduced value based on the play where that TD is putting in that time/effort/energy like they have to do for every other tournament on our calendar).
If we wanted to help out operators we would value all Selfie leagues at 100 points minimum. If we wanted to help boost the business of JJP we would offer a 5X multiplier in WPPR points for any tournament that uses a JJP game in the lineup. Unfortunately the benefits for the operator from WPPR’s is more of a collateral damage sort of thing rather than the goal of the system.
Right now our SSL averages about 10 WPPR points a month. Anyone that finished outside of the top 4 got less than 2 WPPR points for their performance. Next year our TGP will go from 64% to 24%. The winner will be getting ~4 points instead of 10, and anyone outside of the top 4 will see a drop of LESS THAN ONE WPPR POINT each month for this change. For anyone in the bottom half of the field, we’re talking HUNDRETHS OF A POINT difference.
If that less than one WPPR point difference is going to ruin everything for operators, TD’s, players, kids, puppies, etc, then someone needs to prioritize where WPPR’s fall in their life.