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Stern Pinball company partners with Sandy Hook Arcade Center for charity tournament

Pinball table manufacturer Stern Pinball, Inc. is partnering with the Sandy Hook Arcade Center to host a video game challenge tournament for charity, the company announced today.

The Sandy Hook Charity Challenge Tournament is open to children and teenagers and will be held at the Sandy Hook Arcade Center, a non-profit and free arcade, in Newtown. The tournament will be held this Saturday, March 16, with qualifying rounds beginning at 4 p.m. ET. The final round will begin at 6:30 p.m., and winners will be awarded prizes provided by Stern Pinball and driving games developer Raw Thrills.

Players will be split into three age brackets and will compete in two games, Stern Pinball's new The Avengers-inspired table and Raw Thrills' Winter X-Games Snocross racing game.

"We are excited to co-host the charity challenge at the Sandy Hook Arcade Center," said Stern Pinball Chairman and CEO Gary Stern in a press statement. "Stern is honored to support this arcade and the families of the Newtown community."

The Sandy Hook Arcade Center was established by Newtown residents earlier this year as a venue for families to play video games together in a positive space. All game attractions in the arcade, including around two dozen pinball tables and arcade machines as well as two Xbox 360 consoles, are free and open to the public. All donations are put towards the upkeep of the center. Check out Polygon's interview with the founders of the arcade here.