|SEASON 2 EPISODE 7|
|Pitch||On-site games truck and entertainment services that brings games to you|
|Entrepreneur||Stuart Pikoff and David Pikoff|
|Asked For||$500,000 for 10%|
What is Games2U?
Games2U does precisely that, a mobile entertainment provider with a wide selection of games equipment, along with “smile coaches,” that bring a truck full of fun to your children’s birthday party, corporate event, or fundraiser. Think of it as a mobile arcade and cinema, with a video game truck and other fun entertainment.
From hampster ball racing to rock wall climbing to laser tag—oh, and don’t forget the giant waterslide. This company has 20 plus different games or activities on offer that they can cater for young and old.
Who Owns Games2U?
Games2U is the brainchild of brothers Stuart & David Pikoff, which they founded in 2006. Stuart, a graduate of the University of Arizona, had previously worked as a director in a real estate business.
He remains in his position as CEO of Games2U. David is a graduate of St Edwards University. Like his brother, he also seems to have a background and interest in real estate construction and development. He also remains in place as a director in the company.
The brothers came up with the idea when planning a children’s birthday party, realizing times had changed since they were kids, but the process of planning a party remains the same.
Twenty-plus years ago, parents would arrange for clowns and magicians, maybe even a petting zoo but kids aren’t interested in that nowadays, with video games and other outdoor activities taking precedence.
However, for a parent to rent out a venue with these activities could be costly, so seeing a niche, they decided to start a company that brings everything to the comfort of your backyard.
Starting with one truck, the idea was always to offer it as a franchisee business in terms of growth. Over the years, they managed to grow the list to 140 franchises in over 28 states, with a turnover of $3.5 million in sales. Then, seeking a new capital injection, they started looking for investors.
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Is Games2U Still in Business?
The company remains in business with an active website and headquarters in Austin, TX. They’re still the number one provider in this business model while constantly evolving their games and activities offered.
The core of the business model is the franchise system, with about +-150 at present. They actively encourage franchise opportunities, both in the US and globally, with owners in Canada, Central America, and the Middle East while exploring other markets.
In addition, they offer a support package to any start-ups in which they provide help to get you started in the form of a vehicle, equipment, branding, and they provide marketing.