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Paco Rabanne & Bidstack Emerge Victorious With VR Invictus Campaign Featuring Tim Howard

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Paco Rabanne & Bidstack Emerge Victorious With VR Invictus Campaign Featuring Tim Howard
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Paco Rabanne, the leading fashion house and fragrance brand, have partnered with Starcom Worldwide and Bidstack to launch a branded virtual reality challenge. The campaign features Tim Howard and the world’s leading VR platform for elite athletes, Rezzil, to promote Paco Rabanne’s iconic fragrance, Invictus.

As a fragrance, Invictus embodies power, heroism and a drive to win and the campaign provides a unique challenge that allows players to test their athletic ability and become the in-game hero. By partnering with Bidstack, and Tim Howard, an athlete that embodies those characteristics, Paco Rabanne has created a unique activation that converges the real world with the virtual world, bringing their brand to life for gamers.

The activation will see a branded ‘Reaction Wall’ challenge added to Rezzil’s Player 22 VR game. Players will have the opportunity to test their athletic merit and improve their throwing technique, vision, reaction speeds and heading ability in-game surrounded by virtual Invictus branding that blends in seamlessly with the training environment. Players can also win a signed jersey from Tim Howard and their own bottle of the fragrance by sharing their results on social media with the hashtag #InvictusInGameChallenge.

Bidstack, the leading in-game advertising technology platform, worked with human experience company Starcom Worldwide to develop the concept for the ‘Scent of Victory’ campaign. Player 22, which is available for VR gamers using Quest, Quest 2 and Oculus Touch devices, offered an entirely new touchpoint for Paco Rabanne. The partnership with Tim Howard helped to combine the concepts of a legendary champion from a real-life sporting context and converged that with the game’s virtual world creating an authentic and interactive experience for gamers.

It is the first time a fragrance has created a playable sporting challenge in a VR environment, which encapsulates the innovative approach Paco Rabanne is taking to reaching their target audience for the 2021 holiday and gift-giving season.

Of the campaign, Tim Howard said “I’m really excited to be a part of this partnership. I’m always looking for ways to encourage people to strive to be the best that they can be, in everything they do. Invictus, a fragrance for men, is designed for people who will take on any challenge and strive to be victorious. As a former athlete, that is a motto that I have lived by throughout my life and career.

Platforms like Rezzil that utilise technology for real-life conditioning and training through gamification are the future. It’s great to see companies like Paco Rabanne, Starcom and Bidstack help lead the charge in making this a reality and I’d like to thank them for inviting me to be a part of this project.”

Adam Fisher, Head of US Sales at Bidstack added “Paco Rabanne continues to be a fantastic partner of ours. We love collaborating with them and exploring new and innovative ways to reach consumers through gaming.

For a brand like Invictus that represents determination, athletic merit and a winning mentality, we felt that our partner Rezzil was a great fit. Their VR platform helps individuals improve their physical and cognitive abilities through a wide range of sports and the icing on the cake in this activation was getting the opportunity to collaborate with Tim Howard.

Tim is a hero and legend in the world of soccer and encapsulates everything that Invictus is about.”

Andy Etches, Founder and Director at Rezzil said “We’ve loved working with Paco Rabanne on this in-game activation for Invictus with Bidstack and Starcom Worldwide. As a platform designed to train elite athletes it was fantastic to be able to work with Tim and put his skills to the test with our in-game challenge.

Creating branded experiences like this within the metaverse offers a glimpse of the future potential for brands. Our aim is to deliver world class training games that improve fitness and reaction times whilst also delivering a great user experience. With this campaign we’re proud to have been able to deliver on our core product offering in a way that respects and enhances the player experience.”

 

About Bidstack

Bidstack is the leading in-game advertising and video game monetisation platform. Their sophisticated technology allows brands to serve advertisements into natural spaces within video games whilst protecting the gaming experience.

These branded experiences can vary from trackside banners and cityscape billboards to pitchside LED boards, skins or any other contextually relevant spaces within the metaverse.

The company has more than 80 staff across five international locations and is a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

 

About Starcom Worldwide

Starcom is the Human Experience Company. A world-renowned media communications agency, we harness the power of media, technology and data to create experiences people love and actions brands need.

With more than 7,000 employees worldwide, Starcom partners with the world’s leading marketers and new establishment brands, including Bank of America, Best Buy, Coca-Cola, Kellogg Company, KraftHeinz, Novartis, P&G, Samsung, Visa and more.

Starcom is part of Publicis Media within Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC40], one of the world’s leading communications groups.

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Infinity Kingdom to Start Open Beta in Japan on January 25th

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Infinity Kingdom, YOOZOO Games’ self-developed cartoon-style strategy mobile game, will start its open beta in Japan on January 25th, available for download on Android and iOS.

Set on the legendary continent of Norheim, players have to defend against invasion from the evil gnomes. While expanding their own cities, players must team up and protect their territories from other players.

Inspired by famous historical figures, the concept of Immortals is introduced in Infinity Kingdom. As commanders of the troops, Immortals have special skills and can be leveled up to increase their power.

After its initial launch in January, 2021, Infinity Kingdom was listed among the top 10 best-selling strategy game in more than 30 countries in Europe and the US. Now the game will be available in Japan soon, bringing OB event, new version update and new Immortal!

 

OB Event: Revival of Cities

The kingdom is suffering, it’s time to protect the people. Together with Japanese lords, unite as one to rebuild the kingdom.

With Infinity Kingdom‘s launch in Japan, a new event, Revival of Cities will be online in the OB server, Norheim Server 136. During this 60-day event, players need to collaborate and conquer. From gems, philosopher stones, to superior resources pack, the top 100 players will earn in-game goodies to the value of hundreds of US dollars.

 

Legion of Frostborne 1.8 Update

As the next round of Legion of Frostborne was about to enter its war phase, another update arrived amidst the ice and snow on January 13th.

The update has brought the official start of the Season system, applying to all servers. As each server progresses through the seasons, the maximum level of buildings, Immortals, troops and dragons increase, and new Academy Technology and Lord Talent branches are unlocked.

New Alliance tactics are available in the regular season of Legion of Frostborne, and can be used by Alliance Leader (R6) or Officers (R5) to provide all Alliance members with protection on the battlefield.

An “Illusion Battlefield” special topic is added to the Daily Talks to gather and disseminate the latest competition news, allowing players to learn and discuss strategies with each other. Players are also able to pre-arrange different troop formations that can be switched between for different combat situations.

 

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A brand-new star on the Cute ’em up horizon! New Trailer – Switch & PS4 coming Q1

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ININ Games is proud to announce that Cotton Fantasy will be available for Nintendo Switch and PS4 this spring, both digitally and physically. After the Japanese release in December (as Cotton Rock ‘n’ Roll), this brand-new entry to the Cotton series is now making its way to the West and can be pre-ordered via a selection of retailers, varying per location. A growing list of links can be found on the ININ Games website. ININ Games is celebrating this occasion with a new trailer, showcasing many of the features, like the six iconic playable characters.

Eager collectors still have the chance to secure a Limited Edition Nintendo Switch or PS4 copy from Strictly Limited Games, at the same price as the retail edition but with alternative cover artwork and a colourful manual not included in the retail edition. Also available is a highly limited Collector’s Edition with exclusive, magical collectibles, including the official Cotton Nendoroid figure.

About the game:

Something sinister is in the making – the willows are vanishing from Fairyland and the Fairy Queen entrusts Silk with solving the case. Who could be behind this devious ploy?

For a promised lifetime all-you-can-eat supply of tasty willows, the little witch Nata de Cotton is willing to help her old friend out and embark on another adventure together.

Cotton Fantasy sets the stage for another fantastic adventure, 30 years after the Cotton series initially premiered, with lots of features to offer:

  • HD graphics & brand-new shoot ’em up game mechanics

  • 6 iconic, playable characters to choose from, each with different mechanics and attacks, even including guest characters like Umihara Kawase (from the equally named series) and Luffee from Doki Doki Poyacchio

  • Easily accessible Shoot ’em up gameplay, perfect for newcomers, but with enough depth for veterans

  • 16 colourful and varied scrolling stages to unlock, with vertical, horizontal, and 3D movement

  • Light-hearted story with fun and charming cutscenes voiced entirely in Japanese (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish subtitles included)

  • Exhilarating soundtrack featuring iconic remastered tracks from past games

  • Unlockable content and different characters offer high replayability

  • Aim for the high score in your nation and globally with the featured ranking boards

 

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Made-in-India Shooter MaskGun Crosses 60 Million Players, Three Year Anniversary Update Out Now

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SuperGaming, one of India’s leading game development companies announced its mobile multiplayer shooter MaskGun has crossed 60 million players. January also marks the game’s third anniversary.

To celebrate this, MaskGun gets a new update known as the 3rd Anniversary Update. It brings a revamped user interface, fresh skins, and hotly-requested 1v1 mode. It’s out now via the App and Play Store.

“The MaskGun anniversary update is our biggest one yet,” says Roby John, CEO and co-founder. “1v1 in particular has been the most requested feature from the community. It aims to be a test of true skill to show off the best talent from MaskGun’s 60 million plus players as there won’t be a team to make up for your lapses or carry you in a match.”

As the name suggests, 1v1 pits one player against another in a no-holds barred contest to see who is the best. Select from three weapon types — assault rifle, shotgun, and sniper rifle and square off against your friend (or enemy) and settle rivalries once and for all. You can check out what to expect from 1v1 in this handy trailer:

Beat your rivals consistently and you could find yourself a spot on MaskGun’s leaderboard and win unique in-game rewards too. You can access the mode from the Rumble section of the game’s menu. Other additions include new female agents and dragonborne weapon skins. You can download MaskGun for free right now on the App Store and Google Play.

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