PBA and Bowlero Announce First-Ever Global Tournament in Partnership with Lanetalk
New York, NY – Bowlero Corp, the worldwide leader in bowling entertainment and parent company to the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) are excited to announce a first of its kind virtual global bowling tournament in partnership with Lanetalk, beginning March 1 across 20 countries with a $50K total prize fund.
The PBA Bowlero Global Rumble powered by Lanetalk is a virtual bowling tournament open to both amateur and professional bowlers across the world ages 18+. Bowlers will virtually face-off against competitors at a selection of Bowlero Corp locations and international centers equipped with LaneTalk for a chance to win a first-place prize of $10K. The complete list of participating locations is available at PBA.com/Rumble.
“The PBA and Bowlero are dedicated to growing the sport of bowling at all levels,” said Lev Ekster, Chief Strategy Officer and COO of the PBA. “As bowling centers reopen worldwide, the PBA Bowlero Global Rumble powered by Lanetalk is a unique opportunity to get tens of thousands of bowlers back into their local centers safely, while connecting them with competitors around the world virtually. We’re excited to see who will participate in this augural event and win the $10K Grand Prize.”
The tournament, hosted on the Lanetalk app, will feature four stages of competition within six conferences in the United States and internationally until one champion is crowned for a true global Rumble competition.
Starting next week, the competition begins and progresses throughout the following stages.
Stage 1: Qualifying (March 1-21)
Bowlers have three weeks in the first round of qualifying to bowl their two best consecutive games. Lanetalk will take their best two scores as tournament submission. Bowlers will have up to 99 attempts to improve their score. The top 1,000 bowlers in each USA and international conference will advance to the quarterfinals.
Stage 2: Quarterfinals (March 23-April 5)
The top 6,000 bowlers will have two weeks during the quarterfinals to bowl their two best consecutive games. Lanetalk will take their best two scores as tournament submission. The top 40 bowlers in each USA and international conference will advance to the semi-finals. In the instance, if two or more bowlers have the same score, a one-game roll-match will be played prior to the semi-finals.
Stage 3: Semi-Finals (April 7-13)
The remaining 240 bowlers will have one week and one attempt to submit their two best consecutive scores. The top two bowlers from each USA and international conference will advance to the Grand Finale.
Stage 4: Grand Finale (April 17)
The remaining 12 bowlers will all bowl two consecutive games at the same time simultaneously from their home center. Time to be announced at a later date. The bowler with the highest score will be crowned the first-ever PBA Bowlero Global Rumble Champion and win $10K.
Throughout the tournament, bowlers will be able to follow competitors and view scores at PBA.com/Rumble.
About Bowlero Corp
Bowlero Corp is the worldwide leader in bowling entertainment, media and events. With more than 300 bowling centers across North America, Bowlero Corp serves over 28 million guests each year through a family of brands that includes Bowlero, Bowlmor Lanes, and AMF. In 2019, Bowlero Corp acquired the Professional Bowlers Association, the major league of bowling, which boasts thousands of members and millions of fans across the globe. For more information on Bowlero Corp, please visit BowleroCorp.com.
About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2020, the PBA launched PBA Jr., a club for elite youth bowlers under the age of 17 and the PBA Pinsiders, a membership for fans of the sport. For more information, please visit PBA.com.
Lanetalk provides the leading global bowling platform for live scoring, statistics, training and online competitions. Founded 2011, Lanetalk has connected more than 700 bowling centers in 40 countries. The Lanetalk app is utilized by thousands of amateur and professional bowlers to track their scores to get insights and to bowl with anyone, anywhere. The giant statistics database includes more than 130 million games from around the world. The mobile app can be downloaded from Apple App Store or Google Play. For more information, please visit Lanetalk.com.