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Vasani, Nirmal

Nirmal has been with the American Pinball since 2018. He started on in sales and marketing, and moved to a project management role in 2020. He directs efforts to design electronics, creates PCBA prototypes, and troubleshoots electrical and PCBA design related issues.

Vasani, Mukesh

Mukesh is the Founder and CEO of Aimtron Group, known for the production of printed chip electronics, and the parent company of American Pinball. He has utilized his manufacturing business expertise in building up American Pinball to a major player within the industry and is continuing to expanding it to the next level. Mr. Vasani also started the Aimtron Foundation which is a not-for-profit Sec 501(c)(3) USA / 80G entity with the focus to empower youth to pursue their full potential and engage in community social activity.

Ahn, Philip

Dr. Phillip Ahn, MD. holds a 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Phillip is not an actor by profession, but by starring as Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat 2 video game, he gained fame with gamers!

Marquez, Anthony

Anthony Marquez is an American actor and martial artist. He is best known as Kung Lao in the Mortal Kombat video game series

Musty Hobbit

Based out of Iowa, the YouTube channel Second Breakfast focuses primarily on video games, both modern and retro, and video game collecting. Its host, “Musty Hobbit” is also a featured content contributor for the online community “The Cartridge Club”, co-host of the Cartridge Club Prime podcast, and has recently added Twitch streaming to his repertoire. For the second year in a row at MGC, “Musty” will be joining fellow Midwest YouTubers to give some insight into establishing and maintaining a gaming-centric YouTube channel, with suggestions for growth, networking, and community building.

Pro Challenge Match: Allison vs. Lauren

Two of the top Chicago female air hockey players, Allison DiMichele and Lauren Davis, will battle it out to determine who is the #1 ranked player in IL. Challenge matches are an air hockey marathon with the players competing in a best of 7 set battle, with each set being the best of 7 games.

Come out and watch two of the best air hockey players battle it out and learn about the world of competitive air hockey.

Beat the Air Hockey Pro

Think you’re good at air hockey? We’ll have a number of pro players on hand that you can challenge on Saturday!

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Goldberg, Martin

A former writer and programmer in the video game industry, Goldberg has had a lifelong fascination with all things electronic entertainment since first playing PONG and Tank as a child at his local arcades in the 70’s. As the former site director of IGN/GameSpy’s ‘ClassicGaming.Com’ and a current freelancer for Retro Gamer magazine, Goldberg has been writing about video games for 20 years. Along with Dan Loosen and Gabriella Heil, Goldberg is also a co-founder of the Midwest Gaming Classic, one of the largest electronic entertainment expos in the United States open to the general public. In 2004, Goldberg also founded the Electronic Entertainment Museum (E2M), a non-profit archive whose mission is to help preserve the history and artifacts of the video game and home computer industries. In line with this goal, he’s also a member of the International Game Development Association’s (IGDA) Game Preservation SIG, a hub and community for those interested in digital game preservation and history.  Whew!

Isbill, Matteau

One of the lead announcers of the Monster Jam Triple Threat series Matteau Isbill has been hosting for 7 years.  He is also the owner of Overdrive Reality Productions producing the Midwest Gaming Classic After Party, videos, voice overs, and so much more!


It’s the ULTIMATE martial arts exhibition! The REAL martial arts skills of the Mortal Kombat actors including Daniel Pesina and Dr Phillip Ahn are being combined with local taekwondo studio Wings Academy for an unforgettable exhibition! Immediately following, you can break a board to TEST YOUR MIGHT with these martial arts legends!