GameTruck was founded in 2006 by Scott Novis in Tempe, Arizona. It is the Home of Patented Mobile Video Game Entertainment™. What started out as a fun birthday party experiment for family and friends quickly turned into a busy weekend business. In 2009, GameTruck had a break out year growing by more than 800% and expanding into most of the top markets across the United States.
GameTruck’s franchise organization is unique in that the Phoenix operation continues to serve as a means to validate and improve upon the existing business system, while providing a platform to introduce new innovations in the industry we created. In short we continue to work in the business we created, remaining laser focused on bringing people together to enjoy gaming in a multiplayer environment and to provide gamers with the best gaming experience available. Moreover, each GameTruck location and their staff are committed to providing high quality entertainment at an affordable price.
We welcome any inquires regarding GameTruck franchise opportunities. Please call our booking center at 888-602-4263 to learn more about the excitement social video gaming can bring to your next special event.
The GameTruck Executive Team
Scott Novis/CEO and Founder
Scott is no stranger to video games nor innovation. His two engineering degrees, 10 issued patents, and nearly a decade of video game development experience give him unique insight and passion creating innovative business solutions and concepts. After receiving degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Arizona State University Scott spent several years working abroad to gain insight and exposure to the global economy. He then spent half a decade working in Motorola’s research labs where he helped develop graphics and display technologies that ultimately resulted in issuing of his patents. Attracted by the exciting pace of technology and innovation in the video game space, Scott joined Rainbow Studios as it’s VP of Development. The studio was responsible for some of the most successful games of the PS2 era including the birth of the ATV Offroad Fury Franchise. In all Scott received credit on the development of 13 video games with sales in excess of 20 million units and revenues of $500 million dollars.
He founded GameTruck and invented the mobile video game media room concept in early 2006 after a lot of painstaking research. It was his son’s 4th birthday party that inspired Scott to find a better birthday party solution. The noise, expense and frustration of the pizza arcade sent him searching for something better. What’s more, He knew the video games his studios were making were better than anything he saw in any arcade. His research and efforts eventually lead to the epiphany that what we needed was an arcade for home video games, not home video games in an arcade. He wanted a place where people could play the best video games on the latest consoles with their friends, on the best possible systems. It had to be effortless, affordable, and most of all fun. He didn’t want something “kiddy”. He wanted something he and his game making peers would enjoy. The simultaneous convergence of several technologies – inexpensive portable power, cost effective flat screen TV’s and the arrival of high definition video game consoles inspired him to create the GameTruck in 2006. After building a prototype in his garage and inviting friends and family over to play, Scott and his brother Chris built the first GameTruck mobile theater and threw the first GameTruck birthday party for a friend and neighbor.
Convinced that it was not enough to build a compelling concept, Scott designed the business to be scalable and operable by virtually anyone with a passion for video games and working with children. From day one, he wanted the business to be run by a semi-absentee owner. With that in mind, he accepted a position a Vice President and General Manager for the Walt Disney Company for a new kind of video game studio. He was given a blank slate and assembled a world class team of video game developers to create Walt Disney’s Nintendo Center of Excellence. After bringing Fall Line Studio to a stable state, Scott left Walt Disney Company to pursue GameTruck. The tremendous response to the concept demanded his full attention to grow the fledgling entity into a successful enterprise. On October 4th, 2011 GameTruck Licensing, LLC was awarded a patent by The United States Patent and Trademark Office for its Method Of Entertaining Using A Mobile Entertainment Environment. The patent identifies GameTruck’s unique process of entertaining people in its Mobile Video Game Theater™, and illustrates in detail the features and original concepts created by GameTruck.
Scott lives in Tempe Arizona with his wife and 3 children. He is an active member of his community. He is secretary of Tempe South Little League, and web master for Cub Scout Pack 275. He also coaches youth baseball. His favorite video games are Halo 3 and Mario Super Sluggers on the Wii.
David Wachtel/Chief Operating Officer
David Wachtel serves as Chief Operating Officer at GameTruck where he oversees daily operations, business development and franchising.
From 2000 – 2007 Wachtel served as Vice President of Client Services for Ignite Technologies, building the product management and professional services department that handled application implementations and key account planning activities. Clients included Bank of America, Accenture, and McDonalds. Wachtel previously worked as co-founder of Navigate Consulting, Inc, a company, which developed and took to market two successful products, DripCatcher and Garage Magnets. With a strong research background, he conducted market and product feasibility analysis for the products, which are both currently being sold commercially.
Wachtel was also CEO and Founder at Medical Internet Solutions, Inc., a hosted application to manage graduate medical education requirements, and worked for both Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) in their systems integration business unit.
Wachtel has MBA with a certificate in Health Organization management from Texas Tech University and a BA in Sociology from University of California, San Diego.
Mike Watorski / SVP – Franchising
Mike Watorski joined the Senior Management Team on January 1st, 2010. Prior to joining the GameTruck Team, Mike represented the GameTruck Franchise as a consultant, and helped guide GameTruck to their development and recruitment successes in 2009.
Mike’s experience in franchising dates back to the late 80’s. From owning and operating 2 franchised pizza parlors for 6 years, to serving as Vice President for a national franchise chain – Postal Annex+ for 8 years, Mike can certainly appreciate a franchisee’s needs and he also understands the dynamic that makes franchisor and franchisee’s relationships harmonious and productive.
Most recently, Mike served as President and co founded Z Gurus, Inc, a Franchise Consultancy Firm in San Diego, CA. Z Gurus has represented and consulted for numerous Franchise Brands over the last 4 years and helped these franchise companies begin their recruitment processes.
GameTruck’s rapid growth and expansion required the hiring of an Executive to manage the company’s recruitment efforts. This need for an Executive Manager inspired GameTruck to invite Mike to take on this leadership position, and serve as Senior Vice President.
Mike heads up the GameTruck Franchise Licensing Department and directs the Development and Recruitment functions for GameTruck Franchise Licensing LLC.
Mike is proud and excited to lead this charge!
The GameTruck Mission
“We are redefining the way people play.”
GameTruck Core Values
Respect the Games: The GameTruck generation is one that will get to re-experience the thrill of collaboration and playing together. Today’s video games offer great opportunities for learning and socialization. We are here to help parents learn to use games as a tool for socialization rather than as a catalyst for isolation.
Respect the Video Game Lifestyle: GameTruck players get moving! Physical activity and gaming cannot be mutually exclusive. This generation of kids is learning to play in a new way and we are on a mission to show how to embrace the games in a manner that leads to a healthy life style.
Respect Mom: Parents are the decision makers when it comes to gaming and we are here to help you learn how to manage your child’s gaming activities even if you are not a gamer. We will help you not only sort through the labyrinth of games, but also give you core tactics and strategies for creating a positive and healthy gaming environment in her home.
Respect Education: Behind every game is a great mind. Game developers are mathematicians, scientists, computer programmers, and artists. Leveraging the unique connection kids have with gaming to spur their interests in math and science is a core objective of GameTruck. We work with schools to create programs that help kids to explore the possibilities of the world around them.
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1501 W Fountainhead Parkway, Suite 520
Tempe, AZ 85282