Major brands join forces for UK's biggest in-game advertising trial


Ford, Nike, Unilever and Samsung are all taking part in the UK's biggest ever in-game advertising trial, writes The three-month trial will include games for the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox 360 Live and PC platforms. Ford is promoting its new Fiesta ST model with ads in racing games Need for Speed Carbon, TOCA3 and Trackmedia Sunrise. Ads for Nike, Samsung and Unilever's Sure for Men will be featured in a selection of shoot-'em-up games. Media agency MindShare Interaction brokered the deals in conjunction with Microsoft-owned in-game specialist Massive. Research firm TNS will measure page impressions during the trial - here defined as the duration a player sees an ad.
According to figures from Microsoft the in-game ad market was worth $56m (£28.4m) in 2005 and is set to reach $1.8bn (£912.1m) by 2010. A further forecast from eMarketer echoes Microsoft's view. eMarketer estimate that the global combined video game ad market will increase at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 23% over the next five years, reaching almost $2bn (£1.01bn) by 2011.
From, 05/04/2007

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