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Bidstack secures a landmark two-year commercial deal with Azerion

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Bidstack, the in-game advertising platform, today announced a landmark commercial partnership with Azerion, the leading pan-European digital entertainment and media platform, who will be the exclusive commercial partner across Bidstack’s inventory over the next two years.

The agreement, thought to be one of the industry’s largest programmatic in-game advertising deals, will give Azerion’s SSP and sales teams exclusive access to all of Bidstack’s advertising formats and will see the company become Bidstack’s sole external reseller.

The initial two-year partnership will grow Bidstack’s global sales footprint exponentially thanks to Azerion’s established team of over 1,000 employees operating across 26 offices in 18 countries. Bidstack will leverage this enhanced reach with an aligned sales strategy designed to accelerate commercial partnerships with game developers, brands and advertising agencies which will see further gaming inventory locked down and ad spend secured from respected partners. Meanwhile, Azerion will start adopting Bidstack’s SDK into their existing portfolio of games.

Azerion will have access through this partnership to approximately 40 million users and around 60 titles across a rapidly growing portfolio of AAA, independent and mobile publishers.  The genres are diversified across stadium, racing, open world and life simulation titles which provide an attractive and highly engaged addressable audience. The reach of the partnership is global, including in key markets such as the US, UK, Netherlands, France and Germany.

The agreement with Azerion comes at an important strategic moment for both businesses, with 2022 expected to be a significant commercial breakthrough for in-game advertising. Since 2017 Bidstack has worked alongside advertising agency holding groups, global game developers and industry bodies to ensure that in-game advertising became recognised as an advertising category in its own right.

This education has contributed to major agency groups launching dedicated gaming divisions and products, whilst the IAB launched its first-ever guide to gaming and an industry framework for in-game advertising in 2021. With the ad channel now fully recognised and significant, recurring investment from advertisers established, further growth is expected in 2022.

Of the new partnership, James Draper, Bidstack Founder and CEO, said “This contract signals a realisation that brand advertising within the metaverse has truly arrived. Since our pivot into gaming in 2017, we have embedded a culture of no-shortcuts into the formation of in-game advertising as a new channel.

We expect this to be just the start of a long and deep relationship with Azerion as both companies have strong ambitions within the digital entertainment and media space. I want to personally thank the incredible efforts of our team, in particular Lewis Sherlock (SVP of Programmatic) and Francesco Petruzzelli (CTO), who have played a key role in securing this deal.”

Umut Akpinar, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Azerion, added “We are delighted to strike this strategic partnership with Bidstack which strengthens our digital advertising platform.

With this exciting partnership, we allow brands to explore new advertising frontiers in premium and brand-safe inventories while connecting seamlessly with consumers through impactful and immersive experiences. At Azerion, we believe that the future is digital entertainment. This new partnership is perfectly aligned with our vision for the upcoming years.”

 

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 Azerion

Azerion is a fast-growing and leading pan-European digital entertainment and media platform. Azerion’s integrated platform provides technology solutions to automate the purchase and sale of digital advertising for media buyers and sellers.

Content creators, publishers and advertisers work with Azerion to reach millions of people across the globe that play its games and its entertainment concepts to increase engagement, loyalty and drive e-commerce.

Founded in 2014 by two Dutch entrepreneurs, Azerion has experienced rapid expansion thanks to organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

Azerion is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Best Games to Come In 2022

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There is a common quip in the gaming and game development world that new games’ release dates are more of suggestions than a sure thing. This is because no game ever makes its initial release date. But gamers have come to terms with delays and understand that it’s part of the game development process. However, this does not keep us from getting excited about the new titles slated to be released later this year.

This piece will look at the best games you should expect before the year ends. So if you’re ready to possibly get your hopes up for no reason, keep reading to learn more.

1. God of War

God of war is a quirky game set in a world inspired by the Norse mythology and was initially released in 2005. The game has gone through a few iterations over the years, which has only improved its gameplay. The current title does an excellent job at developing its characters and establishing their backstories, pulling you into the game and engaging you even more.

In addition, the musical score does an even better job at accentuating important moments in the game. That’s why we are so excited about the new revamp slated for later on this year. We are sure the stories and music will only get better, and we don’t even need to mention the gameplay. Sony always kills it.

2. Call of Duty

When duty calls, you have to answer. This is one that never disappoints. Its action sequences are as engaging as ever, and the graphics are every graphics designer’s envy. Betway also found that playing COD helps you burn as much calories as a long walk, with a 90 minute gaming session elevating your heart rate to 90+ beats per minute and helping you burn up to 180 calories.

So you can now enjoy your gaming sessions and don’t have to worry about missing the gym. And with a new release this year, we have more than one thing to be excited about.

3. Last of Us

Another title that is excellent to play is Last of Us. It’s set in a decaying post-apocalyptic world and stars two characters—a child accompanied by an adult. However, the story is not about the dilapidated world but about these two characters and their struggle to survive this world.

This is one we hope the development gods here us and release as expected. We cross our fingers and hope it makes its release date this year.

4. A Plague’s Tale

Set in a corps-ridden world, plague-infested rats and inquisition soldiers who have it out for the two orphaned sibling protagonists. The game’s setting does an excellent job of making the main characters empathetic as you witness their struggle from a third-person perspective.

However, the gameplay is not that engaging, and the obstacles are neither challenging nor compelling. We are glad the makers are revamping this one and getting a second chance at taking another crack later this year.

5. FIFA 23

FIFA is a classic game that never disappoints. It has been a favorite for many, and FIFA 23 is expected to be the most popular iteration of the francise yet.

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Jump.trade the largest NFT marketplace in India touches 100,000 sign ups, in the last 60 days; to soon launch the P2E Game “Meta Cricket League”

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Witnesses 10,000 daily new visitors joining

Jump.trade, a thriving NFT marketplace and D2C platform that focuses on gaming NFTs and International brands are all set to launch its maiden gaming venture – Meta Cricket League at the end of June. This is a new Play-To-Earn game that is driven by NFTs and allows players to earn cash prizes and other rewards by climbing leaderboards or challenging other players. The game is set to instill the excitement of real-world cricket into the experiential Web3 format.

The Meta Cricket League will be available on all Mobile and Web Platforms to provide easy access to gamers everywhere. This will enable seamless and easy onboarding as Gamers will have the chance to play-on-the-go and from anywhere. Interestingly, the Games initial 55,000 NFTs were sold-out for $25 but with its value multiplying in a very short time, a substantial pool of those NFTs are now being traded in values exceeding 10x and 200x.

With cricket constituting an integral part of the national fabric, a whopping 93% of Indians were found to be devout fans of the sport. It is evident from the fact that cricket games in the Google Play Store account for the highest number of downloads grossing well over 250 million.

Speaking on the occasion, Kameshwaran Elangovan co-founder and COO, who lead the execution and launch of MCL on Jump.trade, said,” We are extremely delighted to have emerged as the flag bearers of the NFT bandwagon in the country. With NFTs not being restricted to just mere digital indulgences and entering the mainstream with their numerous applications, the launch of The Meta Cricket League (MCL), a cricket-based NFT game that allows players to earn while they play is certainly a dream come true for gamers across the country. Cricket as a sport already rules the hearts of countless Indians and we are confident that the MCL will be a sensational success story with NFT enthusiasts and gaming lovers everywhere. “

Highlighting Jump.trades user base in just the last 60 days, the number of sign-ups on the platform has touched 100,000 now. Also, being 100,000 wallets filled, with around 10,000 new visitors joining the ecosystem daily. The average trade volume of the marketplace in a day is around $10,000 to $25000 worth of trades, of which 85% of men and 15% of women are represented as NFT holders in the ecosystem.

With such exponential demand and hundreds of millions of potential players within the Play-to-earn revolution, Cricket will be one of the largest gaming segments in the space. Just as Cricket unites people of all ages, regions, and languages in India and across cricket-playing nations, the P2E Cricket game MCL aspires to prove to be instrumental in breaking through Web3 adoption in India. 

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Swedish game Star Stable Online today launches in 15 languages on Epic Games Store, the digital storefront and platform for the distribution of PC and Mac games.

A competitor to Steam, through The Epic Games store users can create their own profile and purchase and play games from a range of different genres. The launch on the store is part of Star Stable’s strategy of increasing its distribution channels and providing its target audience with additional options of how they can discover and engage with the product.

With over 1 million downloads of Star Stable Online on mobile already, the game experience and product will be the same on Epic Games as it is via the official website. Users will have access to the regular launcher and their accounts as normal, with SSO categorised as a free-to-play game on the Epic Store.

To enjoy the full game experience players are required to sign up for the monthly subscription – which will be highlighted in the product description.

Therése Forssell Lagerstam, Communications Director at SSE says: “Epic Games is an excellent platform for us to expand our reach to potential audiences. The Star Stable brand has a huge fanbase across the world, and this launch helps us to keep sharing the game’s values. We always keep players at the heart of what we do, and we know being on Epic Games will help us to further grow our wonderful fanbase.”

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