5 Gaming Opportunties Coming This Holiday Season

As summer turns to fall, the gaming industry braces for its biggest time of year: the holidays. More AAA titles are released by the major gaming developers than any other point in the year and the titles coming to homes this fall and winter make this year exceptionally robust.

Below are five of the most anticipated video game releases, chock full of partnership opportunity, coming out this holiday season.

CALL OF DUTY: WWII | Activision

(November 3, 2017)

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One of the most iconic and successful video game franchises of all time returns to it’s roots in the past with CALL OF DUTY: WWII. The new game, coming in November, looks to redefine World War II for a new gaming generation. The CALL OF DUTY franchise has a history of extensive partnerships with brands like Frito-Lay, Pepsi, Jeep, Uber and more. Read more here.

SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY | Nintendo

(October 27, 2017)

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After announcing a whole host of games for their new console, the Nintendo Switch at E3, this holiday season will see some of the most anticipated hit the market. SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY gives players a whole host of new abilities to use with the beloved character. The Mario brand is great for kid-friendly promotions, as proven by tie-ins with companies like Frito-Lay and Yogurtland. Read more here.

ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS | Ubisoft

(October 27, 2017)

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As the 10th installment of ASSASSIN’S CREED (which expanded into movie theaters late last year as well), some were worried that the nearly decade long franchise had run out of steam. ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS looks to breathe new life into the game and show off new mechanics and a gorgeous, violent setting that brands in the alcoholic beverage, CPG or electronics industries could fit in perfectly with. Read more here.

MIDDLE-EARTH: SHADOW OF WAR | Warner Bros. Interactive

(October 10, 2017)

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After the original, MIDDLE-EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR, sold well over a million copies, the sequel from Warner Bros. Interactive Studios comes this fall. Expanding the Lord of the Rings universe, MIDDLE-EARTH: SHADOW OF WAR promises more exciting combat and even more partnership potential. Read more here.

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II | EA

(November 17, 2017)

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Landing with a slight thud, the original reboot of the Star Wars BATTLEFRONT franchise in 2015 didn’t live up to the expectations of many. The sequel, however, promises more content, better game play and a more well-rounded experience. Look for partners to be clamoring for an opportunity to team up with this legendary IP. Read more here.


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On behalf of the team at The L.A. Office, thanks for reading and we’ll see you next time!

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5 Summer Blockbusters and the Partnerships That Made Them Stand Out

Every summer brings big box office excitement, and this summer hasn’t disappointed. Out of all the recent hits, these five not only delivered great box office results, they also featured unique partnerships, which are all tracked on MarketingPartnerships.com. Take a look at some of the stand-outs, and their corresponding partnership examples, and hopefully they will provide inspiration for your next partnerships, too!

WONDER WOMAN (Warner Bros.)

WonderWoman_artWonder Woman was first introduced to fans in DC’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and returned on her own June 2 to dominate the box office, along with seven complementing partnerships. With two straight weeks at the #1 spot, it’s no surprise there is a sequel the works, and we will be on the lookout for those partnerships, too. For this movie, we felt the PayPal union offered something new and different. Details here.


CARS 3 (Disney/Pixar)

Cars 3 - artCARS 3 debuted in theaters in the US on June 16 with an all-new story that contained the heart and emotion of the original film. With its #1 spot in the box office on opening weekend, the movie’s eight partnerships included top brands, and although they all had unique elements, the one that stood out was Coppertone, which included a fun experiential component. Read all about it here.


TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (Paramount Pictures)

Transformers artThe $3.8B movie franchise and consumer products powerhouse, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, hit theaters June 21, bringing director Michael Bay’s epic robot battle sequences with favorite autobot characters, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, alongside Mark Wahlberg. Also boasting eight partnerships spanning a variety of brands, details on the multifaceted one with SONIC Drive-In can be found here.


DESPICABLE ME 3 (Illumination/Universal Pictures)

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On June 30, the team who created the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, DESPICABLE ME 2 and MINIONS, returned to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters and the Minions. The whopping 10 diverse partnerships extended the reach of the lovable characters, and while most were with very recognizable names, a very clever example was with DNA testing and ancestry exploration site, 23andMe. Learn more.


SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (Sony Pictures)

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After the new Spider-Man first appeared in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU)’s Avengers, Sony Pictures Entertainment released the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise July 7, topping the box office during its opening weekend. Ushering eight notable partners, the feel-good alliance with Goodwill had some great elements. Check it out here.


With a combined total of 42 partnerships between these five films, you can see why it was hard to choose one for each. Worry not, for you can see all the rest, along with 1,000s of great partnerships on MarketingPartnerships.com. If you don’t already have a profile, it’s easy to set one up.

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