Bay Tek to bring revamped Skee-Ball to IAAPA 2019
Bay Tek Entertainment has redesigned its Skee-Ball lanes with a vintage-inspired look and new product upgrades.
Patented in 1908, Skee-Ball is the original alley roller game – and it’s recently gone through a serious upgrade. Complete with valuable product design updates and a new look that reflects the vintage, hand-crafted style of the early 1900s, the new Skee-Balls are the real deal; anything else is just a substitute.
Skee-Ball “Classic” retains the classic look and feel of the original patented alley. Complete with elaborate flourishes and detailed craftsmanship that was typical in those days, Skee-Ball Classic is perfect in vintage or retro-styled locations; whether barcades, game rooms, lobbies or homes. To satisfy the authentic Skee-Ball purists, it keeps the front and side metal cages, the classic sounds, and the simple point scoring metrics.
Replacing the “modern” alley sold today, Skee-Ball “Glow” is aptly named with its elaborate lighting package and all the glitz and glam you’d expect from a boardwalk game in the early 1900s when Skee-Ball was born. It’s perfect in low-lit FECs and game rooms where they need to stand out from the other bright, attention-grabbing games nearby.
“Today’s families are becoming more and more multi-generational and nostalgic brands continue to grow in popularity, with no sign of slowing down. We know that the Skee-Ball brand is familiar and appealing to players, and we wanted to invest in that to create even more of a connection with consumers – both with the lanes themselves and with consumer branding,” said Jim Keane, president of Bay Tek Entertainment.
Some upgrades on the new lanes include a heavy-duty ball release mechanism with increased life expectancy, laminated plywood that is more durable and scuff-resistant, eye-catching marquees, and easy access to electronics in the slide-out header drawer.
“Most notably, is our 2-year warranty offer,” said Keane. “We fully support the quality of our new lanes and are confident in extending this peace-of-mind to our customers.”
In conjunction with the alley release, Bay Tek is launching a new Skee-Ball website that has more of a player-focused user experience. Skee-Ball fans can use the “Play Now” feature to find the Skee-Ball lanes nearest them, and they can order vintage looking merchandise like t-shirts and totes. Visit Skeeball.com to keep the good times rollin’.
The new lanes are available January 2020 and will replace the current models at that time.