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Who will prevail on the foosball pitch?

We’ll find out Thursday, as will the rest of the Seattle tech community, as more than 100 participants collide at the GeekWire Anniversary Bash’s annual foosball tournament.

We’ve got some great pairs participating, including quick-wrist teams in the expert bracket from Placed, Rover and iSpot.Tv. The intermediate bracket also boasts some intriguing match-ups, including tech juggernauts T-Mobile and Best Buy facing off in a first-round duel, and Madrona-backed companies PayScale and ExtraHop duking it out on the foos table.

General admission tickets are still available for the Bash, and we’ll have extra tables for open play this year, both of the ping pong and foosball variety.

We’ll also have video games, virtual reality, sumo wrestling, board games, a zipline and other geeky fun. General admission tickets are on sale here.

Expert (Click bracket to enlarge)

Intermediate (Click bracket to enlarge)

The GeekWire Bash is taking place Thursday, March 15 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. A quick reminder: Doors open at 3 p.m., and all tournament players must be checked in by 3:30 p.m.

Here’s an FAQ with key details for all of our foosball competitors. Please read this carefully and let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at

Good luck to all participants, and remember the most important thing about the Bash is to have fun! We announced the official dodgeball bracket and ping pong brackets yesterday.

We’ll be sending out the full list of rules and logistical instructions to all ping pong tournament participants, but here’s a quick FAQ with key details for all of our competitors. Please, read carefully.

Where and when is the event? 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle, just south of CenturyLink Field.

When should I arrive? Doors open at 3 p.m. All foosball players need to be checked in by 3:30 p.m., and play will begin promptly at 4 p.m. We have more than 500 tournament competitors this year, so we’ll need your cooperation to move through the brackets as quickly as possible.

Where should I park? Various parking lots and street parking surround the CenturyLink Field Event Center. All-day parking is available in the CenturyLink Field Garage for $15. Entrance to the garage is located off South Royal Brougham Way, between Occidental Avenue South & Fourth Avenue South. You can also use the address of 330 South Royal Brougham Way in your GPS, although the physical address is not posted on the venue.

Who will I be playing? You can see the foosball brackets above.

Where do I check in? Make sure to get your badge and drink tickets at the main registration desk on the west side of the CenturyLink Field Event Center. You’ll then be directed to the foosball tournament check-in desk for your respective tournament.

How will I know when to play my match? Check in with the tournament director for your tournament, and he or she will notify you of your potential match time. Brackets will be displayed prominently and updated as the tournaments progress. Make sure to check them regularly. Additionally, if you are not in the main tournament area, notifications will be sent via text to the mobile phone number provided when you registered.

Are tickets to the event still available? General admission tickets to the anniversary bash are available for your friends and co-workers. Grab those here. All tournament tickets are sold out.

What if I can’t make the tournament Thursday? If you can no longer participate in the tournament, please let us know immediately by emailing Cara Kuhlman at

What about my cheering section? We encourage you to bring one — just make sure your friends, colleagues and family get tickets in advance. Tickets to the party are available here.

What’s at stake? Glory, and lots of it. You’ll be competing in the middle of a big crowd of more than 1,500 geeks. Most of all, this is a fun event and a chance to meet, connect with (and compete against) a wide variety of people across the tech industry.

What should I wear? Comfortable clothes, and maybe bring a towel to dry off. Feel free to bring an extra shirt if you tend to break out in a sweat during your foosball matches. Headbands are optional!

Foosball tables: We will be playing on Tornado foosball tables.

How will matches be scored? For foosball, it will be a best of three-game series, single elimination tournament. We’ll play games to 5, with a time limit of 18 minutes on each match. Here are some basic rules of foosball. (And NO spinning allowed).

What happens if I lose my first match? You will be eliminated from the tournament, but your tournament registration includes full access to the party, including great activities such as beer pong, sumo wrestling, a classic video game arcade and much more. We also have open play foosball tables for some fun pick-up games.

What happens if I win my match? Make sure to report your win to the table captain, and make sure it is recorded on the big bracket near the tournament desk.

More questions? Email us at See you Thursday, and good luck!

Please note this event is 21+. Also, see our terms of use and code of conduct for GeekWire events. 

A big thanks to the 2018 GeekWire Bash title sponsor: First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Also, thanks to Xiamen Air, the zipline sponsor; Avalara, the arcade sponsor; OfferUp, the sumo wrestling sponsor; T-Mobile, the dodgeball tournament sponsor; Sirqul, a bar sponsor; CenturyLink, our VR zone sponsor; and ChefSteps, our Joule cooking sponsor.

And thanks to our silver sponsors MozBellevue CollegeEY, Capital OnePerkins CoieBig FishTechPowerQualtricsRealSelf, and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.
And to our partners: DomainToolsAIEZipwhipPlayImpossibleMox Boarding HouseSounders FC and Skytap.
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