Wednesday, July 25th 2007

Microsoft Signs Game Ad Deal With EA

NEW YORK — July 25, 2007 — Massive Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. and a leading network for video game advertising, and Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) today announced the incorporation of five premier titles from EA. All the titles will be live in the Massive Network this year. The EA titles joining the Massive Network include the year’s most anticipated new releases and perennial best-sellers in their respective categories:
•“Madden NFL 08” (Xbox 360™ and PC)
•“NASCAR® 08” (Xbox 360)
•“NHL® 08” (Xbox 360)
•“Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 08” (Xbox 360 and PC)
•“SKATE” (Xbox 360)

“SKATE” is EA’s highly anticipated entrant in the skateboarding genre and is set in urban environments, well suited for integrating real-world brands. EA’s titles deliver incredibly realistic gaming experiences, in which advertising fits naturally as part of the gameplay experience.
Shelby Cox, EA’s senior director of in-game advertising, said, “EA is committed to providing both great entertainment experiences for gamers and effective advertising solutions for brands and marketers. Massive has proven its ability to deliver relevant ads in a seamless, nondisruptive way that enhances the realism of the game environment. We look forward to building on the strong progress we’ve made to date.” The addition of EA’s leading franchises will greatly increase the range of dynamic in-game ad opportunities available to marketers looking to reach and engage the gaming audience. “The addition of these top EA titles to Massive’s growing network provides the means to reach consumers with contextual brand messages across a variety of popular sports titles that were previously unavailable for dynamic ad insertion. This is a huge win for brand marketers,” said Brian Bos, vice president, convergence director at Mindshare – Team Detroit. Massive’s dynamic advertising platform allows for in-game ad elements to be updated and changed in real time, keeping ads fresh and relevant for gamers. EA’s development teams work closely with Massive to ensure that advertising is placed in areas that fit within the game environment. “We’re thrilled to be EA’s trusted partner for dynamic in-game advertising for these products,” said Cory Van Arsdale, CEO of Massive. “The addition of EA’s leading titles to our network represents a tremendous opportunity for brands targeting the youth demographic and sends a clear message that in-game advertising has arrived as a compelling medium for marketers.”


Last week Microsoft's XBOX 360 chief Peter Moore left to become head of EA Sports. Moore's replacement at Microsoft is Dan Mattrick a former EA executive who has been a high-level adviser for months. That was the beginning of what was believed to be an alliance between Microsoft and Electronic Arts.Source: Microsoft
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9 Comments on Microsoft Signs Game Ad Deal With EA

#1
cjoyce1980
you see...... peter moore's exit was a good thing for microsoft :)
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#3
Seany1212
wow two of the worlds worst (IMO) companies join forces to form one giant superworst company :roll:
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Nemesis881
by: Seany1212
wow two of the worlds worst (IMO) companies join forces to form one giant superworst company :roll:
Microsoft > EA

I bet MS is giving EA a CRAP load of money for this...
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#5
demonbrawn
by: Seany1212
wow two of the worlds worst (IMO) companies join forces to form one giant superworst company :roll:
:roll::roll:

Yeahhhhh 'bout that.

Peter Moore FTW!!!
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#6
Benpi
by: Nemesis881
Microsoft > EA
I agree... At least the only 5 games thus far are noob games (sports games).
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Darkrealms
by: cjoyce1980
you see...... peter moore's exit was a good thing for microsoft :)
LoL, I was thinking that.
by: Seany1212
wow two of the worlds worst (IMO) companies join forces to form one giant superworst company :roll:
LOL

Microsoft must have been jealous. Google announced theirs first so now their on full force.
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#8
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
so more ads in games and the prices dont come down...nice.
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#9
mout12
Ads are getting out of control. I swear to god, today I saw a commercial with in-commercial advertising. It was a Simpsons Movie advertisement with a burgerking ad embedded in it. WTF?
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