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Faceball is a competitive game for two players invented by John Allspaw and Dunstan Orchard. Originally conceived as an office game, it requires very little physical space as well as a short amount of time, and thus can be played virtually anywhere, as long as the appropriate equipment is available.


Faceball is played in a series of five rounds, in which each player has the opportunity to earn points. In a round, each player earns points by striking their opponent in the face with an inflatable beach ball. Each successful throw earns another throw in that round, and each successful throw earns a point. Players sit in chairs placed ten feet apart.

At the end of five rounds, the player with the most points is declared the winner. In the event of a tie after five rounds, a series of shootout rounds is played. The first player to fail to answer a successful strike is then declared the winner.

Good sportsmanship in Faceball calls on players to remain still while being targeted, refrain from wearing large hats or other accessories that could be distracting or dangerous, and to remain fully seated while shooting at an opponent.


Faceball was invented and first widely played at Yahoo's headquarters in Silicon Valley. It began as a series of accuracy contests between employees at Flickr using beach balls, and was codified into a set of rules that became Faceball.[1] It is currently enjoying growing popularity at other technology corporations, and additional resources have been made available to increase the exposure of the game and attempt to spread its popularity.


  1. Andrews, Robert. Smile, You're on Faceball Camera,

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