Anzu.io, the world’s most advanced in-game advertising platform, announces a new partnership with Azerion, a leading pan-European digital gaming and monetization platform that offers casual and social games, videos, as well as digital marketing services for both publishers and advertisers. Azerion will now offer Anzu’s market-leading blended in-game advertising solution across the world through its proprietary programmatic platform; Improve Digital, generating more than 1.6 trillion transactions per month.
The integration with Anzu’s in-game advertising platform will give Azerion’s advertisers the ability to programmatically serve IAB-recognized in-game video and banner ads at scale across mobile, PC, and console platforms. Fully GDPR, COPPA, and CCPA compliant, Anzu’s innovative SDK technology is integrated into games and delivers high-quality direct traffic with full control over ad placements and first-party data.
In an effort to boost advertiser confidence in gaming as a media channel and to show its value, Anzu has brought existing digital marketing standards in-game, together with advertising giant WPP. Anzu partners with trusted AdTech providers such as Moat, Comscore, Nielsen, and Kantar to ensure fraud-free and brand-safe environments and to measure ad viewability, brand lift, and audience verification. A recent pilot with Cheq showed an increase of 23% in ad viewability using Anzu over traditional 2D digital advertising. Clients include top global brands American Eagle, 7-Eleven, Samsung, and Vodafone and game studio giants Ubisoft, Virtuverse, Lion Castle, and Vivid Games.
Azerion already has a strong foothold in the gaming industry, with an extensive and diverse catalogue of more than 16.000 game titles attracting in excess of 1.5bn content views per month. The company offers safe and valuable ad placement (display ads, video, rich media, mobile web, and InApp) around its owned inventory. By partnering with Anzu, Azerion adds a new dimension to its offering by providing a scalable solution for advertisers to seamlessly blend their ads into gaming environments, reaching the vast and diverse gaming audiences in an alternative way.
Entertainment has become central to people’s lives and it is mostly taking place online. Our vision is to make digital entertainment better, safer, and more reliable for our stakeholders. That way everyone can enjoy the basic human need to play in a carefree environment, and advertising and publishing businesses can thrive. Anzu is a great partner for us to help make this happen says Daan Boekestein, VP Adtech at Azerion.
Gaming is the next major media channel, says Yaniv Rozencweig, Director of Business Operations at Anzu. Since blended in-game ads respect the gamer and don’t interrupt gameplay — and even enhance gameplay by adding fun realism — gamers are welcoming of these types of ads. The partnership with Azerion brings the power of programmatic blended in-game advertising to brands around the world, who will now be able to easily and confidently reach previously hard-to-reach audiences.
Azerion is a fast-growing, pan-European company, leading the way in digital gaming and monetisation. Hundreds of millions of people play our games and watch our videos. Advertisers reach massive audiences and targeted groups with our tech. Publishers earn top revenue with our tech and engage quality audiences with our content. Uniquely, Azerion works across these groups. We spot synergies, find efficiencies and weave together the best elements from our business for each of our brands and users. Founded in 2015 by two Dutch entrepreneurs, Azerion has experienced rapid expansion thanks to organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Azerion employs more than 900 employees across 19 offices and is headquartered in Schiphol-Rijk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Azerion: content, reach, revenue, engagement — a million possibilities
Anzu is the world’s most advanced in-game advertising solution. Operating across mobile, PC, and console platforms, Anzu blends real-world brand ads directly into video games, esports tournaments, and live streams. The only solution of its kind to bring real-time analytics and existing digital industry standards in-game, Anzu’s patented, adaptive technology features blended, yet highly viewable IAB-compliant ad formats. Anzu’s full suite of one-of-a-kind AdTech integrations includes ad viewability, brand lift measurement, audience verification, data enrichment, and fraud detection in partnership with industry leaders such as Moat, Comscore, Kantar, and Nielsen.
Anzu has raised $17 million to date from investors including WPP, Sony Innovation Fund, BITKRAFT Ventures, and HBSE Ventures. Global partners include advertisers such as Pepsi and Samsung and game studios such as Ubisoft and Nacon. Learn more at https://www.anzu.io/