I know who owns the glow balls company, and I know who owns FUN!....and they are not the same person. As for "affiliation" I have no clue. That term isn't defined, but none to my knowledge. They are not run by the same people, I can tell you that.
Fun Auction was set up for this event, but it was an outside 3rd party auction company that ran the event. Steve does not have auctioneers on the payroll. If he was that big, he wouldn't be selling pinball machines out of a storefront in Mesquite, TX. Do you see anything on that site to suggest that it was anything other than set up only to list the games at this one auction? Can you hire that auction company to run an auction for you?
I have not the foggiest idea who in the hell was in the hall doing what on a computer. But it sounds like neither do you. I do not know if the guy that owns the glow ball company was out there, or if you have him confused with Jared (Bakushan) who was out there, and does work for Fun! in some capacity. He was out there with a computer checking people in the past time I saw him. Was someone bidding on machines? Maybe. It is allowed.
I believe that at least half of the machines in the auction were not owned by FUN or Steve. They were consigned to the auction, and their owners set reserve prices. If those prices were not met, they did not sell.
Grow up and get your panties unwadded. I don't do business with FUN! on pinball machines, either, because the prices are too high. And I live about 5 miles from the place. But Steve is a good guy and there are some stupid allegations and suggestions being flung around here. Don't like his prices? Fine. Most of us don't. Don't like the Texas auction rules? Fine. Most of us don't.