PBA Global Showdown powered by Lanetalk Begins Today at Over 700 Bowling Centers Around the World
Bowlers of all skill levels can compete in the world’s largest virtual bowling tournament for a chance to win $50,000 in cash and prizes
New York, NY – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Lanetalk’s global bowling tournament – PBA Global Showdown powered by Lanetalk – begins today at over 700 bowling centers across over 30 countries around the world.
This international tournament brings thousands of bowlers together to compete from their local centers for a chance to win a first-place prize of $20,000 out of a $50,000 prize fund, sponsored by the PBA. Bowlers can also win prizes throughout the tournament from Motiv and KR Strikeforce.
Bowlers of all skill levels ages 18+ are eligible to join the competition for free and virtually face-off at a large selection of participating host centers equipped with Lanetalk. A full list of registered host centers is available at pba.com/showdown and will be updated as new centers join the Showdown.
“The PBA Global Showdown is an unparalleled opportunity for both amateur and professional bowlers,” said Lev Ekster, Chief Strategy Officer of Bowlero Corp and Chief Operating Officer of the PBA. “The format is unique and provides bowlers not only a chance to compete from a local participating host center of their choice, but they can also connect with thousands of competitors around the world in the largest bowling tournament ever. We’re excited to see who will win the $20,000 Grand Prize.”
The tournament, hosted on the Lanetalk app, will feature four stages of the competition with bowlers from the United States and abroad placed within two groups. The stages are as follows starting with the Qualifying Round.
Stage 1: Qualifying Round (September 20-October 10)
Bowlers will have 21 days to bowl their best two consecutive games. Scores must be submitted through the Lanetalk app. During these three weeks, bowlers will have unlimited attempts. The top 2,500 bowlers in each group (5,000 altogether) will advance to the Quarterfinals.
Stage 2: Quarterfinals (October 13-October 26)
The top 5,000 bowlers will have 14 days to bowl their best two consecutive games. Scores must be submitted through the Lanetalk app. During these two weeks, bowlers will have unlimited attempts. The top 1,000 bowlers will advance to the Semi-Finals.
Stage 3: Semi-Finals (October 29-November 4)
The top 1,000 bowlers will have seven days to bowl their best two consecutive games. Scores must be submitted through the Lanetalk app. During these seven days, bowlers have unlimited attempts. The top six bowlers will advance to the Grand Finale.
Stage 4: Grand Finale (November 14)
The final six bowlers will compete in a live-streamed event on November 14th from their local host bowling center. The bowlers will have one attempt to submit a single game score. The four bowlers with the highest scores will advance and have another attempt to submit a single game score. The two bowlers with the highest scores will advance and have one final attempt to submit a single game score. The bowler with the best score will be crowned the PBA Global Showdown Champion winning the first-place prize of $20,000.
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.