Buzztime bi-national competition to determine once and for all who are the smartest bar trivia patrons
CARLSBAD, Calif. (July 12, 2011) – NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE Amex: NTN), a leading social entertainment and integrated marketing platform for bars and restaurants, is pleased to announce the top winners in the company’s first round of regional competitions to crown the Smartest Bar. Buzztime challenged its network of thousands of bar and restaurant customers to compete head-to-head answering sports, art, history and pop culture bar trivia questions.
Spanning two countries and 10 different time zones, thousands of trivia buffs have played this bar game every Wednesday night throughout June in their quest to have their favorite watering holes deemed the Smartest Bar. Participants were quizzed to see if they could provide the right answers to questions in the following categories: The Sciences, The World, The Shows, The Past, The Games and the Arts.
“Our players eagerly pulled up their barstools and participated in Buzztime’s Smartest Bar competition. We experienced more than a 10% increase in games played compared to Wednesday nights at the same time prior to June,” noted Michael J. Bush, President and CEO, NTN Buzztime, Inc. “Our players have a lot of pride and allegiance to their local bar or restaurant, and this competition proved to be a fantastic way for them to take that pride nationwide and vie for the crowning achievement of Smartest Bar.”
Bars with the top three scores in the regional rounds 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. The top regional winners in the June 2011 round of competition are:
- PST 1 – Danny Ks Cafe and Billiards, Orange, CA
- MST 1 – Rembrandts, Calgary, AB
- CST 1 – George Wellington Esquire Club, Sault Ste Marie, ON
- CST 2 – Buffalo Wild Wings Ames, Ames, IA
- CST 3 – Buffalo Wild Wings Creve Coeur, Creve Coeur, MO
- CST 4 – Mezzanine Lounge, Houston, TX
- EST 1 – Broadway Station, Astoria, NY
- EST 2 – Blue Goose Sports Cafe, Cincinnati, OH
- EST 3 – Rochester Mills, Rochester, MI
- EST 4 – Hooters of Tallahassee, Tallahassee, FL
The next regional winners, announced after the September round of Buzztime’s Smartest Bar competition, will be invited to participate in the Smartest Bar finals taking place this November 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 that keeps consumers staying longer and spending more.
Regional’s First Place
- Smartest Bar Trophy
- A Buzztime Hosted Party ($250 value)
- Prize Packs for the location’s customersRegional’s 2nd, 3rd and Wildcard Winners
- Smartest Bar Trophy
- Prize Packs for the location’s customersNational 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 2011National 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 more than 1,800,000 players who participate 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.
NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE Amex: NTN) is a leading bar and restaurant social entertainment and integrated marketing platform. Trusted by 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 over 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.
This release contains forward-looking statements which reflect management’s current views of future events and operations, including but not limited to statements about game offerings and content, expanded offerings, customer insights and engagement, market and audience reach, number of locations, and player participation. 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 and the impact of competitive products and pricing. 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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