Buzztime Looks to Crown First Ever Smartest Bar

Buzztime Looks to Crown First Ever Smartest Bar

Buzztime launches bi-national competition to determine once and for all who are the smartest bar trivia patrons

CARLSBAD, Calif. (May 12, 2011) – NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE Amex: NTN), a leading social entertainment and integrated marketing platform for bars and restaurants, announced that the company will launch a bi-national campaign beginning in June and culminating in November to crown the Smartest Bar. Buzztime’s nearly 3,900 bar and restaurant customers will compete against each other to see how their guests’ combined ‘brain power’ fares against that of their peers throughout the U.S. and Canada.


Buzztime’s Smartest Bar regional competitions, in both countries, will take place each Wednesday night at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT in June and September. In November, locations that qualified through the regional rounds will be invited to participate in the Smartest Bar finals, where the winning bar will be crowned. This bar promotion is the latest in a long line of programs in which Buzztime is helping its bar and restaurant customers increase their guest visits and create an event during slower weeknights.

“Throughout time, every neighborhood bar has tried to stake the claim that they’re the best. Now Buzztime, a perennial leader in providing compelling trivia, sports and card games to bars and restaurants, is using our entertainment and marketing platform to help bar owners and their customers engage in a real battle – a battle of wits,” commented Michael J. Bush, President and CEO, NTN Buzztime, Inc. “Consumers have a lot of pride and allegiance to their local bar or pub. This competition is a fantastic way for them to take that pride nationwide and vie for the crowning achievement of Smartest Bar.”

Participants will be quizzed to see if they can provide the right answers to questions in the following categories: The Sciences, The World, The Shows, The Past, The Games and the Arts. Bars with the top three scores will advance to the November finals – the top scores will be determined by the location’s average of the top five player’s scores. In addition, Buzztime will award a ‘Wildcard’ spot for each of the 10 regions to those bars that have the highest participation or cumulative total points.

Prize packages:

Regional’s First Place

  • Smartest Bar Trophy
  • A Buzztime Hosted Party ($250 value)
  • Prize Packs for the location’s customers

Regional’s 2nd, 3rd and Wildcard Winners

  • Smartest Bar Trophy
  • Prize Packs for the location’s customers

National Final’s Winners

  • Trip to Vegas ($2,000 value)
  • Smartest Bar Champion Trophy
  • A Buzztime Hosted Party ($500 value)
  • Banner designating the location as Buzztime’s Smartest Bar for 2011

National Finals 2nd and 3rd Place Winners

  • $500 Gift Certificate
  • Smartest Bar Runner Up Trophy
  • A Buzztime Hosted Party ($250 value)
  • Banners designating these locations the 2011 Smartest Bar Runner Ups

Buzztime employs its network of bars and restaurants to strategically reach targeted audiences in a unique way. Additionally, Buzztime engages 1,800,000 players in nearly 50,000,000 bar trivia, cards and sports games each year on its network.

Buzztime provides clients with branded sports and interactive bar games that align with the brands’ marketing campaigns; live hosted trivia tournaments throughout the United States; and direct-to-consumer marketing initiatives through Buzztime’s social networking and targeted e-mail marketing campaigns.

About Buzztime

NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE Amex: NTN) is a leading bar and restaurant social entertainment and integrated marketing platform. Trusted by nearly 3,900 bars and restaurants in North America since 1985, Buzztime integrates trivia, card and sports games with in- and out-of-venue messaging and communication tools. With 1,800,000 registered consumers and nearly 50,000,000 games played each year, Buzztime players spread the word and invite friends and family to their favorite Buzztime location to enjoy an evening of fun and competition. With Buzztime entertainment and marketing solutions, bars and restaurants attract new customers, turn casual visitors into regulars, and give guests a reason to stay longer. For the most up-to-date information on NTN Buzztime, please visit www.buzztime.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Forward-looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements which reflect management’s current views of future events and operations, including but not limited to statements about customer venues and relationships, increases in revenue, return on investment and visits, added value and number of locations, players and games. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include the risks of adverse economic conditions, failure of customer and/or player demand, lower market acceptance or appeal of both existing and new products and services by particular demographic groups or audiences as a whole, termination of partnership and contractual relationships, the impact of competitive products and pricing and technical problems or outages. Please see NTN Buzztime, Inc.’s recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information about these and other risks that may affect the Company. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based on information available to us on the date hereof. These statements speak only as of the date hereof, and NTN Buzztime, Inc. does not undertake to publicly update or revise any of its forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes show that the indicated results or events will not be realized.

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Trusted by thousands of bars and restaurants in North America since 1984, Buzztime integrates trivia, card, sports games and live events with innovative tablet technology. While we don't take ourselves too seriously, this is pretty serious business. Trusted by thousands of bars and restaurants in North America since 1984, Buzztime integrates trivia, card, sports and live events with innovative tablet technology. While we don't take ourselves too seriously, this is a pretty serious business.

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