CARLSBAD, Calif., July 31, 2018— NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE American: NTN) is rolling out a new series of self-published digital arcade games on Buzztime touchscreen tablets at over 2,700 locations. The first title, Buzztime Soccer, launched on June 1st alongside a $2,000 sweepstakes (20 players won $100 each). Players entered by registering, then playing a round of Buzztime Soccer. Through the first week of July, there were over a half-million gaming sessions and the average time spent playing was about an hour (55 minutes).
“Our goal is to create entertaining, engaging games for players that add value to their visit at Buzztime locations. By driving player engagement, we’re increasing dwell time – giving our customer locations an opportunity to generate more revenue. Games like Buzztime Soccer are a win-win: benefiting the businesses we serve and the Buzztime network of over 10 million registered players,” said Ram Krishnan, NTN Buzztime CEO.
Buzztime Soccer joins an existing lineup of games in the digital arcade, which are all available in-venue for on-demand gameplay. By self-publishing arcade games, Buzztime gains more control over each game’s design – and can optimize the experience for players and customer locations. Games like Buzztime Soccer have been customized to incorporate leaderboard challenges, competitive multi-player modes and advertising opportunities.
“Above all, Buzztime entertainment is dynamic. It’s a fresh experience that keeps players excited and coming into Buzztime locations to see what’s new. Trivia questions are added daily, interactive competitions and sweepstakes are announced regularly, and we’ll publish new arcade games at an improved pace over the next year,” added Krishnan.
“Our arcade game rollout is already generating results by driving usage and dwell time, underscoring Buzztime’s position as the in-venue entertainment industry leader. We expect demand and market opportunities for our product to increase as further arcade titles are released. This will open up a number of licensing opportunities and new markets, making this development a highly leverageable endeavor,” concluded Krishnan.
Buzztime will continue to roll out additional self-published arcade games throughout 2018 and into 2019.
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Buzztime (NYSE American: NTN) delivers interactive entertainment and innovative technology, including performance analytics and secure payment with Europay, MasterCard® and Visa® (EMV) chip card readers or with near-field communication (NFC) technology to accept Apple, Android and Samsung Pay. Most frequently used in bars and restaurants in North America, the Buzztime tablets and technology offer engaging solutions to establishments that have guests who experience dwell time, such as casinos, senior living, car dealerships and more. Casual dining venues license Buzztime’s customizable solution to differentiate themselves via competitive fun by offering guests trivia, card, sports and arcade games, customized menus and self-service dining features. Buzztime’s platform improves operating efficiencies, creates connections among the players and venues, and amplifies guests’ positive experiences. The Buzztime platform has also been recently resold and the content licensed for other businesses serving other markets. For more information, please visit https://www.buzztime.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @buzztime.