CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 second round of regional competitions in the quest 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 10 different time zones across the U.S. and Canada, thousands of trivia buffs played this bar game every Wednesday night throughout September in their pursuit 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.
"Buzztime definitely brings in new customers to our establishment and keeps them there," commented Kent Tieche, owner of the Park Bar & Grill, Burbank, California. "The Smartest Bar promotion has brought in a whole new group of players every Wednesday night. In fact, many of these players are coming in on Tuesdays to practice for the Smartest Bar weekly trivia contests. This is the first time we've noticed this surprising trend!"
"With Buzztime's Smartest Bar competition on Wednesday nights, we have seen an increase in new customers participating and our regular players are staying longer," added Rosie and Henry Dunn, owners of Hero's Sports Pub and Restaurant, Mesa, Arizona. "The players enjoy being part of a team that battles other locations and really get a kick out of seeing their team name in the Top 10."
Bars with the top three scores in the regional rounds advance to this month's finals – the top scores determined by the location's average of the top five players' scores. In addition, Buzztime awards 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 latest 2011 round of competition are:
PST 1 – Park Bar and Grill, Burbank, CA
MST 1 – Buffalo Wild Wings, Phoenix, AZ
CST 1 – Big Guys, Winnipeg, MB
CST 2 – Teasers, Chicago, IL
CST 3 – Heroes, Wichita, KS
CST 4 – Buffalo Wild Wings, El Paso, TX
EST 1 – Adams Mill Restaurant, Manchester, CT
EST 2 – Willie's Sports Cafe, Cincinnati, OH
EST 3 – 4th Street Bar and Grill, Columbus, IN
EST 4 – Varsity Grill & Bar, Tallahassee, FL
The winners are invited to participate in the Smartest Bar finals taking place this month when 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.
The Buzztime network encompasses over 3,900 bars and restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, and boasts over 2 million registered players who participate in 50,000,000 bar trivia, cards and sports games each year. Buzztime provides its customers 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 social entertainment and integrated marketing platform for bars and restaurants. Trusted by over 3,900 customers in North America since 1985, Buzztime integrates trivia, card and sports games with in- and out-of-venue messaging and communication tools. With over 2,000,000 registered consumers and 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 patrons 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 keeping and attracting customers, customer/player visits, stays and spending, game offerings and content, 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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