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Anzu and Ubisoft Extend Partnership after Initial Success with In-Game Ads

Ubisoft extends its partnership with Anzu after seeing exceptional results from Trackmania
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

 
13 January 2022, Tel Aviv - Global in-game advertising company Anzu has announced it has extended its partnership with global video gaming giant Ubisoft. The two have seen remarkable success in bringing dynamic ads to hit PC racing title Trackmania and sandbox MMO Growtopia.
 
Last year, Ubisoft’s Trackmania implemented Anzu’s in-game ads, which blend into the gaming environment, appearing on 3D objects like roadside billboards and banners. Since then, Anzu has brought several big-name brands into the hit racing title, including Samsung, Microsoft, American Eagle, and Vodafone, whose campaign achieved astounding results, including a 176% lift in campaign awareness and a 20% lift in brand consideration.
 
The collaboration premiered as part of the DIGI1 by Gamevention online gaming convention. During a 30-minute live stream, four popular streamers participated in the first-ever worldwide multiplayer streaming session of the yet-to-be-released, new version of Trackmania, complete with the blended in-game Vodafone banner ads powered by Anzu technology.
 
Ubisoft helped show the world what in-game advertising within a popular PC title looks like and what benefits it presents to both game studios and advertisers. The ads were also received exceptionally well by many of Trackmania’s top players.
 
This led to the campaign becoming recognized across the advertising industry and awarded bronze at the Deutscher Digital Awards and Highly Commended at The Drum Awards for Digital Industries 2021, where Anzu was also awarded Best Tech Platform of the Year.
 
On the partnership, Anzu’s CEO Itamar Benedy said: “We’ve been on an incredible journey with Ubisoft. They were one of the first big studios to work with us on our PC offering after identifying an opportunity to offer Trackmania fans a popular title, with in-game ads that not only compliment the gameplay but make it more realistic. We’re thrilled about extending our partnership, and we look forward to bringing our blended in-game ads to more of Ubisoft’s premium titles”.
 
ENDS
 
About Anzu
Anzu is the world’s most advanced in-game advertising solution. Operating across mobile, PC, console, and Roblox, Anzu blends real-world brand ads directly into video games, esports tournaments, and live streams. The only solution of its kind to bring real-time analytics and existing digital industry standards in-game, Anzu’s patented, adaptive technology features blended yet highly viewable IAB-compliant ad formats. Anzu’s full suite of one-of-a-kind AdTech integrations includes ad viewability, brand lift measurement, audience verification, data enrichment, and fraud detection in partnership with industry leaders such as Moat, Comscore, Kantar, and Nielsen. Learn more at https://www.anzu.io.
 
About Ubisoft Nadeo
Founded in 2000 and acquired by Ubisoft in 2009, Ubisoft Nadeo is the creator of TrackMania®, the cult multiplayer car racing video game, and Shootmania®, the FPS for everyone. The studio has won acclaim for the quality of its innovative technology, which offers a thrilling online gaming experience, based on competitive game modes and players’ creativity, on PC, and consoles and in virtual reality. Ubisoft Nadeo’s games bring together more than 40 million players.
 
About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a creator of worlds, committed to enriching players’ lives with original and memorable entertainment experiences. Ubisoft’s global teams create and develop a deep and diverse portfolio of games, featuring brands such as Assassin’s Creed ®, Brawlhalla®, For Honor®, Far Cry®, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon®, Just Dance®, Rabbids, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six®, The Crew®, Tom Clancy’s The Division®, and Watch Dogs®. Through Ubisoft Connect, players can enjoy an ecosystem of services to enhance their gaming experience, get rewards and connect with friends across platforms. With Ubisoft+, the subscription service, they can access a growing catalog of more than 100 Ubisoft games and DLC. For the 2020-21 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated net bookings of €2,241 million. To learn more, please visit: www.ubisoftgroup.com.
 
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