Pub games, Screach-style

We’re building a whole suite of games for ScreachTV, coming to a bar near you very soon. They allow the existing screens in the venue to do the work, while the bar staff can get on with serving customers.

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The staple of many pubs is the traditional Pub Quiz. We’ve built our own hosted Quiz Night which will allow venues to hit ‘play’ and let the host on screen run the quiz for them. The quiz will refresh every week, always with brand new questions covering a whole range of categories, with picture rounds, video clips and audio.

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Expect to see Race Night games, Bingo, Happy Hour games, and a whole load more coming soon. Keep your eyes peeled.

 

 

Pub crawling the UK

Our ScreachTV sales team has expanded significantly in recent months and so we thought we’d check in and see how they’re all doing. Martin, Clair, Simone and Jo are based across the north of the UK, visiting sites from Durham to Carlisle, Liverpool to Oldham, Harrogate to Rotherham and Chesterfield to Leicester to name but a few – if there’s a pub to visit, these guys are on it! Life on the road is a busy way to spend the days, so we wanted to see how they all cope with the perpetual pub crawl…

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What types of venues do you visit on your travels?

Martin: Pubs, clubs, Student Unions and those generally within the leisure industry.

Clair: Exactly – nightclubs and hotels too, though I’ve also visited hospitals, car dealerships and tyre companies!

So a real variety of places! What are the major benefits of ScreachTV for the venue owners you meet?

Martin: It’s about making their TV screens relevant and interactive, driving customers back into their venue time and time again.

Simone: Absolutely – many customers I speak to love the opportunity for advertising and the ability to generate extra revenue, as well as being able to interact with the customer.

Clair: The advertising can create real community spirit and helps to bring venues into the 21st century. The real-time social media experiences using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, also help people to understand more about what’s going on in their local and are entertaining to all different age groups.

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What are the key challenges of your role?

Simone: The licensed trade is a really interesting industry to work in – it’s about presenting the complementary balance between traditional practices and the real accessibility of something as modern as ScreachTV.

Jo: That’s it – we demo the product live on site and, whilst that can have its challenges, it’s a brilliant product to present; it’s so visual and our customers can immediately see the value in what we’re offering.

What are your favourite features of ScreachTV to showcase to venue owners?

Martin: I love the flexibility to select different channels for different times of week – venues can always ensure their screens are fresh and showing new content.

Jo: The Fail Army video feeds are great and always go down well in venues! The interactive experiences are fantastic too – they give venues the chance to offer their customers something really different.

Simone: Definitely – I always find people love the Quiz and On Screen Messages experiences.

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Lots to enjoy then when you’re out meeting so many new venues! So finally, what are your top tips for surviving a perpetual pub crawl?

Jo: Comfortable shoes!

Clair: Well, on my off duty pub crawls! Jaeger bombs, glass of water with every drink, don’t fall over and give yourself a curfew!

Martin: Agreed – a pint of water before you go out and before you go to bed is key!

Simone: Never drink Sambuca and always remember your milk thistle before and after nights out!

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Train timetables in the pub

When you have an hour to wait until your next journey, the bar across the road from the train station is often the only place with a comfy seat to kill time in.  So we created a really simple piece of on-screen content to make those pubs and bars even more relevant to train commuters.

ScreachTV venues can now display the latest arrivals and departures for their local train station on their TV screens, alongside their own adverts for drinks and food, local weather, local news, and social media.

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The data is in real-time, so the customers in the pub can stay nice and warm for longer, without dashing back over the road to the station to find out if their train has arrived.

With some free Wi-Fi and a good coffee machine, this can turn a pub from an empty daytime boozer, into a destination venue for commuters.

What other on-screen data would keep your customers in for longer?

The Great Galati

Nestled on the banks of the River Danube and twinned with Coventry (who knew!) Galati is a city in south east Romania and home to part of our core development team – let us introduce you…

Heading up the team is Sorin Decianu – with over ten years of experience in software development and engineering, Sorin’s expertise stretch over a broad range of languages, from .NET to Java and PHP, as well as expanding into a variety of databases including MongoDB and SQL. Software development is his passion – he loves creating products that can be used every day and even better when they’re fun too.

Next up is Paul Salaru – on graduating from Dunarea de Jos University, Paul has specialised in becoming an expert in Java and Java based frameworks and APIs, including J2EE, GWT, JSP and Junit. Having grown in experience in a number of Senior Developer roles, Paul joined Screach earlier this year and enjoys being able to transform all of the ideas from our team into a working reality.

Finally, meet Viorel Craciun – he has a strong background in Java, Android and JavaScript and has been in Senior Development roles for the last 8 years. Joining Screach to help us develop our ScreachTV network, Viorel loves how efficient coding can be and the challenges it raises by keeping you thinking – coding can teach you to think smarter.

We asked the guys to tell us a bit more about their experience of working at Screach… 

Why did you join Screach?

Sorin: I was very impressed with the product and could see it having a great future – from the first time I used the Screach app, I could see its potential and knew that it would a success!

Viorel: I like the idea of using the ScreachTV android box for advertising and fun.

Paul: It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Android and I get to work on projects that are interactive.

What is it like to work at Screach?

Sorin: I’ve worked at Screach for two and a half years now and it’s been a great challenge to take on! I’m able to learn something new and increase my knowledge every day, whether it be a new technology, exploring and debating ideas, or developing strategy – it’s a very positive role and leads to great communication between the whole team. 

Paul: I have only one word – AWESOME

Viorel: Quite simply, it’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.

A happy team! So how do you manage being based remotely from the Head Office in Newcastle upon Tyne?

Sorin: We have established great ways to communicate and overcome the distance, primarily using tools like Skype and having lots of calls and keeping in touch regularly.

Viorel: We have no issues – we work well together in the Galati office and have plenty of live meetings with the team in Newcastle – being remote doesn’t affect our development at all. 

What are your top tips for working from a satellite office?

Sorin: Everyone in the team is very responsible and takes ownership of their role – having that level of confidence and independence in a team is key so that you can rely on everyone to stay in touch and communicate with the rest of the group at all times.

Paul: Like Sorin says, communicate properly – let everyone know what you’re working on, what your goals and timescales are and don’t assume anything – scope projects fully and just ask if you are unsure of anything.

What are you working on at the moment?

Sorin: Lots of cool, top secret stuff, as always!

Viorel: I’m looking at offering remote access to ScreachTV to help with our debugging and support process.

Paul: I’m working with our design team on the Jukebox integration for ScreachTV. 

What is it like to work in the Galati office?

Sorin: It’s a lot of fun! We work really well together and share knowledge to find the best solutions on our individual projects – whether we’re really enjoying them or have a frustrating bug to fix, it’s great to have a team around you.

Viorel: It’s cool to work in a small core group from the Galati office – it means we get to know each other really well and we enjoy going out for a beer too!

Paul: We spend a lot of time working, so socialising after work can be difficult with family responsibilities, but having ice cream breaks is pretty good!

Tell us more about Galati as a city

Viorel: Galati has lots of great architecture and is relatively close to the seaside and mountains. The pubs are good and we have fantastic views provided by the Danube River. 

Sorin: It’s hot (really hot!) in summer and can get extremely cold and windy in winter. It’s a great city with lots to do, but if you come here with a car, please be aware that we drive on the right side!

Paul: Galati was once a flourishing industrial city but today things are different and the economy is driven by different factors.  We have a fine botanical garden, but the nicest place by far is the Danube cliff.

Sightseeing tour sorted then for our next team outing in Galati! What do you love outside of Screach?

Sorin: My true passion is for software development, though I also enjoy writing my technical and personal blogs. I like sightseeing and mountaineering with my family too, though not when the weather is too hot!

Viorel: I’m married and have a 2 year old daughter – my family is very important to me. I also love cars, travelling, smart gadgets, photography and wildlife.

Paul: I live with my girlfriend and my hobbies include gaming, reading books and articles about the latest technologies, jogging and playing soccer.

Sorin, Viorel and Paul are a key part of the Screach team and despite being based over 2000 miles away, they feel as much a part of our crew as everyone else – the future is bright in Galati and we’re looking forward to expanding our team there.