CARLSBAD, Calif., January 18, 2019 – On Saturday, December 1st, NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE American: NTN) launched its biggest trivia competition yet: Trivia for Cash. On Saturday and Tuesday evenings in December, registered Buzztime players competed in 30-minute games of Countdown trivia – each worth $1,000.
The competition tapped the Buzztime Nation of 10 million players and delivered results for its over 2,600 locations. In December 2018, gameplay increased by 102% on Saturdays and 125% on Tuesdays, as compared to Tuesdays and Saturdays in all of 2018.
“We launched Trivia for Cash and achieved a trifecta of objectives: engaged existing players, attracted new ones, and boosted business at our partner locations. As this exciting competition moved the needle on all three fronts, we’ve launched a similar promotion for January: Sunday Funday,” said Ram Krishnan, NTN Buzztime CEO.
The Sunday Funday: Trivia for Cash competition challenges registered players to compete for $1,000 in a 30-minute round of Topix Trivia – every Sunday in January at 8:30 pm ET/ 5:30 pm PT.
The Trivia for Cash competition format has proven successful because it’s the ultimate challenge for trivia players. They can test their trivia skills against players across the bar – and across the nation – with the very best competitors taking home the $1,000 prize. In order to compete, players must first register to join the Buzztime Nation. Therefore, Trivia for Cash also serves to expand the local Buzztime community at each of the 2,600 locations.
Because of the overall increase in gameplay, Buzztime’s digital-out-of-home (DOOH) advertising partners are also benefiting from a lift in impressions. Their branding messages are being seen more frequently, by more players on 15,000 screens and 65,000 Buzztime gaming tablets when players are excited and engaged in the competition.
“As 2019 gets underway, we’re already building on the proven success of Trivia for Cash. Our current competition, Sunday Funday, leverages our existing skill-based game format. Our plan is to continue rolling out competitions, sweepstakes, and other exciting events throughout the year to benefit our company, partner locations, and loyal player base,” concluded Krishnan.
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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, 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.