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James Duan of Qualtrics, right, making his debut at the 2018 GeekWire Bash expert ping pong tournament where he ousted defending champ Brian Chia of Slalom. (GeekWire photo)

Dust off the paddles, tighten the wristbands and sharpen your serve. Ping pong is back at the GeekWire Bash, and this time the brackets are bigger and better than ever.

Single players can enter the hotly-contested intermediate and expert brackets, while partners are invited to enter the brand-new doubles bracket. Register today for the tournament of your choice, as spots for these popular competitions fill up fast.

We have limited spots available in the tournaments, and many companies host internal tournaments to choose their top representatives. Go here to purchase ping pong tournament tickets, before the tournament deadline of Feb. 22.

This year’s Bash, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, includes everything from video games to robotics to sumo wrestling to a cross-venue zipline. It’s fun field day for the tech industry, and this year we’re opening the event to geeks of all ages, so make sure to bring the whole family. So, even if you are not a ping pong nut, make sure to grab your general admission tickets to the GeekWire Bash here.

Dust off your paddle and sweatbands! Ping pong is a Bash favorite!

For the ping pong fanatics, this year’s Bash offers an exciting new doubles competition. For the past few years, we’ve been asked about doubles, and so we said: Why not?

Teamwork, communication and a solid understanding of forehand and backhand shots will be needed to triumph in this new bracket.

Doubles teams must register as a pair and all participants must arrive for tournament check-in by 3:30 p.m.

Due to tournament logistics, players may only participate in one sport/tournament at the Bash. (Additional tournaments include foosball, dodgeball and Catan). The tournament is single-elimination, but your registration includes access to the entire GeekWire Bash!

For those who need a refresher, here are some basic rules of ping pong.

We are also expecting some heated competition in the intermediate and expert divisions of ping pong. Those brackets were swept in 2018 by Qualtrics, as James Duan and Bruce Gou emerged victorious from their respective tournaments.

Duan, a first-time participant at the Bash, was able to edge out perennial finalist Brian Chia for the expert title in the last game of their thrilling best-of-5 match. Bruce Gou took home the Golden Paddle in the intermediate field, relieved to see his friend and office rival Duan taking down opponents besides himself for once.

Will anyone knock off Qualtrics this year? Register your top players today, and join this fun and fast-moving competition, with the chance to win great prizes.

A big thanks to Avalara, the 2019 GeekWire Bash ping pong tournament sponsor. If interested in sponsoring the Bash — placing your brand in front of 2,000 geeks — please contact us at advertising@geekwire.com.

Questions regarding the ping pong, foosball or dodgeball tournaments? Email Tournament Director Colton Edwards at colton@geekwire.com.

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