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#1 Ranked Pinball Player in the World, Raymond Davidson, Joins Stern

By Eryeal

1 year ago


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    #1 1 year ago

    CHICAGO, IL – May 18, 2020 – Stern Pinball, Inc., a global lifestyle brand based on the iconic and outrageously fun modern American game of pinball, announced today the appointment of Raymond Davidson as Game Development Software Engineer.

    Stern Pinball is committed and continuously working to update and improve software for our machines. Raymond will be joining a talented programming team to help push more content and updates for released and future titles. Raymond most recently worked for Amazon, Ripl, and Smilebox. In addition to his many professional engineering accomplishments, Raymond is a passionate pinball enthusiast and world class player, currently the #1 ranked competitive pinball player in the world.

    “Raymond’s pinball IQ is off the charts, which is clearly why he’s currently ranked #1 in the world! We are very excited to add his talents to our studio as we continue to grow our unique lifestyle entertainment brand and produce the most fun pinball machines on the planet,” said George Gomez, EVP and Chief Creative Officer.

    #2 1 year ago

    Pretty boomy news! Another great personnel add by Stern.

    #3 1 year ago

    More young blood. Love it!

    #4 1 year ago

    I love press releases.

    "a global lifestyle brand based on the iconic and outrageously fun modern American game of pinball"

    Similar in every industry. LOL.

    #5 1 year ago
    Quoted from Guinnesstime:

    I love press releases.
    "a global lifestyle brand based on the iconic and outrageously fun modern American game of pinball"
    Similar in every industry. LOL.

    I still can’t believe they start every press release with that nonsense. Should be a tag line at the end.

    #6 1 year ago

    Congrats, and a smart move by Stern...

    I sometimes wonder, however, if their passion wains, over time, as it becomes a "dream job" to simply a "job"?

    My late father always said, think of your two favorite things; take the first as your hobby, and the second as your career; that way, you'll never get bored.

    Obviously this probably isn't true, as there'd be no ditch diggers, and we'd all be Trillionaire Playboys/girls.

    #7 1 year ago

    Very exiting news. I can’t wait to see his influence on the games.

    #8 1 year ago

    Finally some news in the pinball world. We've been dry for a while now.

    #9 1 year ago

    That press release could use a little Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tubemen

    #10 1 year ago

    Congrats Ray and Stern!

    #11 1 year ago

    Congrats Raymond! I've met Raymond a few times at Yegpin and Flip Out in Vancouver and he's a really down to earth guy and obviously plays great pinball. I'm excited to see what he does with code!

    #12 1 year ago

    That is awesome news!!! Stern is really setting up their teams nicely

    #13 1 year ago

    Congrats to Raymond and Stern! It's good to see them hire talent that has a passion for the game! I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with software/rules.

    I wonder if he'll be moving to Chicago or if Stern will allow him to work remotely? Would make for some epic breakroom battles when Stern does open back up!

    #14 1 year ago
    Quoted from MikeS:

    Congrats to Raymond and Stern! It's good to see them hire talent that has a passion for the game! I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with software/rules.
    I wonder if he'll be moving to Chicago or if Stern will allow him to work remotely? Would make for some epic breakroom battles when Stern does open back up!

    Oh ya.. mm probably work from home until the lockdown lifts. Then move in. We have tons of remote employees and dev's and you still get way better communication and knowledge transfer in person.

    #15 1 year ago

    Any rumors as to what he could be working on?

    #16 1 year ago

    Another super smart move.

    Nice to have a game designed by number 1 player...... and games by best player of all time, Keith.

    #17 1 year ago
    Quoted from GrandFireball1:

    Any rumors as to what he could be working on?

    LOL that didn't take long.

    Let him get his HR papers in order first.

    #18 1 year ago
    Quoted from GrandFireball1:

    Any rumors as to what he could be working on?

    His HR paperwork?

    #19 1 year ago
    Quoted from stevevt:

    His HR paperwork?

    ha beat you to it!

    I wonder how many putzes are inundating poor Ray's inbox today.

    "Congrats Ray! Hey I know you may not be able to say but I'm really interested in the next game you are working on! It'll be in the vault, won't share with anybody!"

    Heads up gang. AMong the paperwork he's filling out this week is an NDA. He can't tell any of his friends about what he's working on and he's certainly not going to tell you. He would be fired.

    #20 1 year ago

    Will he have any influence on resolving issues and future availability of node boards?

    #21 1 year ago

    Gonna have to change the IFPA to the SFPA soon...the Stern Flipper Pinball Association.

    #22 1 year ago

    Awesome! Looking forward to what Raymond has to offer!

    #23 1 year ago

    Finally... Someone that can finish Wheel of Fortune!

    #24 1 year ago

    Great love bringing in fresh talent. No denying the skills there...

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