Tuesday 20th November/...Frogster Interactive Pictures, Co-Producer of Speedball 2 â€“ Tournament, and
in-game advertising expert IGA Worldwide have signed an exclusive agreement to feed the action-sports-game with perimeter advertising boards and other in-game branded placements.
As well as contextual arena-side billboards, players will also see sponsored tournaments offered by IGA, reflecting increasing demand for multiplayer leagues and events. Speedball 2 â€“ Tournament will also feature branded in-game items, such as team skins or team tags, adding valuable content to the game free of charge.
Speedball 2 â€“ Tournament will feature an innovative community and multiplayer platform for the game called the â€˜game-centerâ€™. Here, players can acquire
add-ons like new teams and share game replays and screenshots which will also include branding served by IGA.
IGAâ€™s leading proprietary Radial Ad Networkâ„¢ includes a game portfolio of more than 50 titles. The addition of this blockbuster title will give advertisers access to more than 11 million active users.
â€œThe possibilities for branding within the game couldnâ€™t be ignored,â€ commented Dirk Weyel, COO at Frogster. â€œHaving sponsored tournaments and branded skins renders the game more realistic. Matches take place in huge and
highly-stylised 3D arenas replete with contextual pitch-side advertising â€“ just like real life.â€
He added: â€œWe chose IGA not just for their proven technology but also because the company understood the game and the significance of the gameplay experience. Together, weâ€™ll create the context and relevance of the adverts to achieve maximum impact â€“ particularly for technology, gadget and menâ€™s lifestyle brands.â€
â€œSpeedball was of one of the industryâ€™s first mega-hit franchises, selling over two million units across more than ten different platforms,â€ said Justin Townsend, CEO and co-founder of IGA. â€œAdvertising within the new game offers a cutting edge opportunity for brands aiming to reach a loyal and media-savvy gaming demographic. Their dynamic nature means the adverts stay fresh and on-message.â€
â€œSpeedball 2 â€“ Tournament will offer brands two bites of the cherry, reaching those who remember the game first time around â€“ as well as the new younger male gamer demographic.â€
About IGA Worldwide
IGA Worldwide, Inc. (www.igaworldwide.com) is the largest in-game advertising company with a proprietary ad serving network. The IGA Worldwide Radial Networkâ„¢ enables advertisers to target millions of engaged gamers across a wide range of platforms and genres. IGA Worldwide has already delivered campaigns for diverse brands such as; 20th Century Fox, Ben Sherman, Discovery, FHM, Hawaiian Airlines, Intel, Jeep, MTV, and T-Mobile. IGA Worldwide also provides strategic consulting services including integrated product placement and promotion through its Creative Solutions department Headquartered in New York with offices in London and Berlin, the group is backed by GE/NBC Universalâ€™s Peacock Equity Fund, Easton Capital Group, Intel Capital, Morgenthaler Ventures, DN Capital and KTB Ventures.