Opening Keynote / Monday / December 4, 2023 / 5:10 PM

Migrating to Self-Service: A Roadmap for Success

As consumers seek more engaging forms of entertainment, the amusement industry has been on an upswing, thanks in no small measure to self-service technology. Mike Abecassis, owner of the Florida GameTime family entertainment chain, shares his inspiring journey in his multi-faceted gaming operation. Gain insights into the challenges he faced, the strategies he devised, and the innovations that have propelled him to the pinnacle of success. Discover how one man's vision and dedication have paved the way for a new era of self-service technology, offering a roadmap for success that that transcends industries and inspires us all.


Mike Abecassis | Founder & CEO | GameTime & General Vending Service
Mike Abecassis is an innovative CEO with 30 years of experience developing new business models and turning them into successful businesses. He is a strong strategic thinker and team builder who enjoys turning problem companies into success stories and therefore has grown his business both organically and through acquisitions. Before taking on his role as CEO of General Vending and GameTime, Mike built several amusement and entertainment companies, then later sold them to move on to meet new challenges. His route operations firm, General Vending, has survived many economic challenges including 9/11 and has always come out on top. In 2010 he acquired GameWorks in both Miami and Tampa and re-branded it GameTime. The company now operates family entertainment centers in Miami, Daytona, Fort Myers, Ocoee, Tampa and Kissimmee. Mike oversees the day to day operations of all GameTime locations as well as several other entertainment and amusement companies throughout Florida.