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New PC Poster Sticker Game and Anzu Form an Exclusive Partnership to Bring Immersive In-Game Ads into the Gameplay

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New PC Poster Sticker Game and Anzu Form an Exclusive Partnership to Bring Immersive In-Game Ads into the Gameplay
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Soon-to-be-released PC game Poster Sticker will feature real-world advertising thanks to an exclusive partnership between creator Caipirinha Games and Anzu.io, the world’s most advanced blended in-game advertising platform. With Anzu’s industry-leading solution, Poster Sticker now will be available to global advertisers for both banner and video ads.

Caipirinha is a well-established, prolific developer, with over 75 cross-platform offerings and 17 years of experience building successful games. As a game about advertising, Poster Sticker offers a unique opportunity for brands to interact with its audience. The gameplay involves players placing ads on defined locations throughout the virtual world and taking photos of the ads in-game in order to earn rewards. The fact that ads are an intrinsic part of the gameplay not only adds to engagement with and realism of the game, it also means that gamers may not even react to the ads as ‘advertising’ at all, making it a completely immersive experience.

“I can’t think of a more obvious kind of game for Anzu technology than Poster Sticker,” says Anzu’s VP of Sales Alex Yerukhimovich. “Bringing real-life ads into a game that’s all about advertising and ad placement feels like a no-brainer! Our partnership with Caipirinha means that global advertisers can interact with Poster Sticker gamers in a sustainable and organic way, along with benefiting from alignment with industry standards and measurement. With Caipirinha Games’ years of experience, we are sure they will produce another hit!”

“Partnering with Anzu for our upcoming game Poster Sticker is a perfect fit,” adds Joachim F. Meyer, CEO of Caipirinha Games GmbH. “Caipirinha’s goal as a game developer is to provide our players with the most engaging and entertaining way to spend their free time. As Poster Sticker is all about ads, thanks to Anzu, we are now able to use real ads, which are preferable to fake ads. This lets us deliver a superior gaming experience, with increased realism that yet doesn’t disrupt the players.”

The global gaming audience is over 3 billion people strong, with a projected 2020 spend of almost $175 billion. Anzu allows advertisers to access this diverse, hard-to-reach audience in a way that respects the gamer experience. Anzu is the only in-game ad company to receive an ISO 27001 certificate, giving developers and advertisers valuable assurance that player data is highly secured. In addition, with its recent partnership with advertising giant WPP, Anzu is bringing widely-accepted digital standards to in-game advertising, helping to build advertiser confidence in the value of this channel by using the technologies they trust. Other Anzu big name gaming partners include Ubisoft and Lion Castle and the company has run in-game campaigns for global brands such as Vodafone and Samsung.

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Team Vitality Reveals Paris Saint-Germain Handball Legend Bruno Martini as Esports General Manager

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Ex professional olympic handball player Bruno Martini joins Team Vitality following a decorated eight year tenure as General Manager at Paris Saint-Germain. Martini will build a new performance structure for all Team Vitality players across all its powerhouse rosters

Leading global esports organisation Team Vitality is pleased to reveal Bruno Martini as its new Esports General Manager. Martini is an ex professional handball player who represented France twice in the olympics as well as winning two World Championships with the French National team. He joins Team Vitality following over eight years as General Manager of the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) handball team. Martini’s arrival marks the further evolution of Team Vitality’s groundbreaking approach to performance, providing its players with world class personnel and facilities across Europe. The former international goalkeeper will lead the performance infrastructure across all of Team Vitality’s rosters.

Bruno Martini joins Team Vitality following a hugely successful career as General Manager of the PSG handball team, overseeing its transition from Paris Handball to becoming one of the top performing teams in Europe. Under his leadership, the PSG team has won 17 titles, and set numerous national and international records. Martini brings a wealth of experience training top traditional athletes and managing an elite sports organisation.

Team Vitality has brought Martini onboard to oversee its player performance philosophy and program, incorporating physical and mental wellness, including lifestyle factors such as sleep cycle, nutrition and stress management. Martini will be based in Paris and work across both V.Hive and V.Performance, Team Vitality’s training facility in the iconic Stade de France. He will also travel with players for major events, and spend time in Berlin working with the LEC and LFL teams.

Team Vitality is home to eight international esports teams competing at the highest level across seven of the world’s biggest games including CS:GO, League of Legends, FIFA, Rocket League and Rainbow Six: Siege. Martini’s role will be to work with all Team Vitality players, including the #1 ranked CS:GO player in the world Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, leveraging his traditional sports expertise to improve player performance in and out of the game.

“There are so many important factors to performance, team spirit, fitness, mental health support, etc. and what’s essential is that our players are convinced that this will make them play better, and play better as a team,” said Bruno Martini, Esports General Manager, Team Vitality. “This is my first role in esports, and I was hugely impressed by the Team Vitality brand and the infrastructure they already have in place. I’m very excited for this new challenge of bringing my experience in building performance structures around professional sportsmen to esports players.”

“We take performance incredibly seriously at Team Vitality, of course in-game, but our players are professional competitors, and to perform at the highest possible level we need to give them every advantage, said Fabien “Neo” Devide, President & Co-Founder, Team Vitality. “I was looking for former professional sportsmen with experience in management, and I couldn’t have hoped to find someone with a resume as impressive as Bruno’s. I cannot wait to see what he brings to Team Vitality,”

 

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Zitro Digital and Oryx Gaming Form New Alliance

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Global gaming supplier Zitro has partnered with leading iGaming platform provider and content aggregator ORYX Gaming to add its growing games portfolio to ORYX Hub.

Through the deal, Zitro’s content will become available to ORYX’s extensive network of operator partners across the globe via ORYX Hub, a platform featuring 10,000+ casino games from 100+ providers.

Zitro Digital offers a wide range of popular online content including world leading video bingo games and player favourite slot titles.

Sebastián Salat, CEO of Zitro, said: “Accelerating the growth of our digital business is one of our main goals to further position Zitro as a leading global gaming provider. We are immensely excited about this new collaboration with ORYX Gaming, which will broaden our reach and will significantly benefit all stakeholders while giving more players access to our high-quality games that provide a fun and exciting experience.”

Matevž Mazij, Managing Director of ORYX Gaming, said:  “ORYX Hub offers one of the most extensive portfolios of online gaming games on the market and we are always looking for fresh new content to add. With Zitro, we have found an excellent game supplier, with outstanding performance in both online and land-based markets. Zitro’s cutting-edge technology combined with the great team of people in the business creates the perfect environment for a successful alliance.”

 

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Former ESL Executive Charlie Allen Launches Esports Agency “Road House”

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Charlie Allen, former director of global brand partnerships at ESL, has launched a new commercial esports and gaming agency, Road House.

The new company focuses on working with its clients to help them navigate the esports and gaming landscape and understand the mass potential of brand partnerships in a booming industry. Founded back in late 2020, Road House consults with brands, agencies, rights holders, publishers, and tournament organisers from all over the sports, media & entertainment world.

“Despite the challenges the industry has faced due to the pandemic, it is still a very promising time for esports right now. I’ve learned a great deal from working in this fascinating sector over the past few years and it felt like the right time to launch Road House,” Charlie Allen said.

“During my years at ESL, I spoke with many C-suite level executives from across many different sectors in the traditional marketing world, and what I discovered is that the broad, open ecosystem of esports can prove rather daunting to them. They really needed it explaining to them – like about how esports is consumed, who plays where, how many people are tuning in, and how can we positively engage with them?”

The commercial agency works with clients on RFPs from across both the endemic and non-endemic world, and the appetite to reach new millennial audiences that these brands have never managed to reach before is definitely on the rise.

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