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In the Press  |  December 19, 2019
AIThority: Bidstack’s £10 Million Trade Deal Signals the Dawn of a New AD Category
AIThority reported that Bidstack has entered into a £10m trade deal that represents the first-ever major investment from an agency group into in-game advertising.  Bidstack has been trailblazing the in-game ad category since it was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2018 becoming the first crowdfunded gaming company to go public. Since its arrival on...
In the Press  |  December 18, 2019
ExchangeWire Predictions 2020: In-Game Advertising
Just before Christmas, ExchangeWire asked James Draper, Bidstack CEO, what his 2020 prediction for media would be. As the decade draws to a close, ExchangeWire has invited thought leaders from across the industry to share their predictions and insight into what 2020 will hold for the ad tech and martech industries. Under the spotlight today...
In the Press  |  December 18, 2019
The Gaming Economy: Predictions 2020: In-Game Advertising
As the decade draws to a close, ExchangeWire and TheGamingEconomy invited thought leaders from across the industry to share their predictions and insight into what 2020 will hold for the ad tech and martech industries. Under the spotlight today is in-game advertising, where marketers are increasingly realising the value in the medium as a result...
In the Press  |  December 12, 2019
The Drum: More advertisers will ‘get’ gaming in 2020
Francesco Petruzzelli, Bidstack CTO, wrote an article for The Drum on his predictions for 2020. At this year’s Xaxis Deviate EMEA event, the audience (mainly made up of brands and advertisers) participated in a quick poll to find out how regularly they played games. An astounding one third of the audience said that they didn’t play games...
Blog  |  December 10, 2019 |  < 1 min read
The Gaming Economy: Embracing the Female Gaming Revolution
Vanessa Goff-Yu, Bidstack’s Marketing Director shares her positive thoughts and view on the rise of strong female game characters and female gamer demographics across the industry. The news that Natalie Portman will take on the lead role in the fourth Thor film in 2021 wasn’t just the start of Marvel’s next phase; it was part of a...
Vanessa Goff-Yu

Vanessa Goff-Yu

In the Press  |  November 7, 2019
ExchangeWire: Bidstack Sponsors NFG’s FIFA 20 KIT
Bidstack, the in-game advertising platform, has today announced its sponsorship of NFG Esports’ kits for the FIFA 2020 season. The deal will run for the lifespan of the game and the new branded kits will be worn by the team’s players in-game, when they stream gameplay online and at tournaments, as well as during official events. Players...
In the Press  |  November 6, 2019
Shots: Get creative: levelling up your in-game advertising
James Draper, Bidstack CEO, wrote a piece for Shots giving advertisers advice on how to level up their in-game advertising strategies. Advertisers aren’t oblivious to the rising importance of gaming. They’re aware that player numbers are growing (currently estimated at 2.2 billion), as is the global market, with overall value set to hit $300 billion by 2025. But this...
In the Press  |  October 23, 2019
The impact of 5G in the gaming world
Bidstack was recently included in a piece written by Troels Ringsted, Senior Research Lead at Verizon Media’s Ryot Nordics for Mobile Marketing on how 5G will change the world of gaming. With the recent (official) announcement that we will see a new PlayStation 5 from Sony that will allow significantly faster downloads, load times and...
Blog  |  October 22, 2019 |  4 min read
What Is In-Game Advertising?
Gaming has been on the radar of advertisers for some time, but it seems to have become a more intriguing prospect in the collective consciousness of the industry over the past year or so. This may be down to technological advances that enable better quality, immersive advertising in-game or a wider reflection of the gaming...
Lewis Hadley

Lewis Hadley

In the Press  |  October 21, 2019
BDaily News: This week’s London appointments
In-game advertising platform Bidstack has appointed Nina Mackie as Senior Director of Global Agency Partnerships and Charlotte Cook as Account Director of games. Read more of the article from BDaily here
Blog  |  October 21, 2019 |  4 min read
5 Reasons Why Advertisers Are Embracing In-Game Advertising
The gaming industry is a hub of innovation and is  worth more than the film and music industries combined. It now accounts for  more than half of the UK’s entertainment market. However, despite the obvious successes of the industry it has often been overlooked by advertisers as a marketing channel. Bidstack connects brands with game...
Lewis Hadley

Lewis Hadley

Blog  |  October 19, 2019 |  4 min read
5 Reasons Why Game Developers Are Embracing In-Game Advertising
The success of multimillion selling titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Red Dead Redemption 2 and FIFA 19 has seen gaming revenues outstrip those of the film and music industries combined. Esports audiences are overshadowing the world’s biggest sporting events, with more people tuning into the League of Legends World Championship than...
Lewis Hadley

Lewis Hadley

In the Press  |  October 16, 2019
Campaign: Movers and Shakers – Diageo, the7stars, AnalogFolk, DAN, Mindshare and more
In-game ad platform Bidstack has appointed Nina Mackie and Charlotte Cook as Senior Director of Global Agency Partnerships and Account Director of Games respectively. To read more of this article from Campaign, please click here.
In the Press  |  October 15, 2019
The Drum: People on the move including Subway, Uber and Hostelworld
Bidstack has announced two new hires to its UK operation. Nina Mackie and Charlotte Cook will be joining the London HQ as senior director of global agency partnerships and account director of games respectively. To read this article from the Drum and more, click here.
In the Press  |  October 9, 2019
PocketGamer.biz: Monetizer Mavens on what went wrong for Mario Kart Tour
Rob Dagwell of the Bidstack’s Commercial Development Team recently spoke to PocketGamer.Biz to talk about Mario Kart Tour and how the current monetization strategy sat with the industry. If you have the opportunity to bring a game to one of the most popular platforms in the world without disrupting or with little negative impact to...
In the Press  |  October 9, 2019
Mediatel: Marketers expect to see gaming become its own media channel
From next year, the ad industry may see gaming emerge as a new, independent media channel, industry experts have predicted. Kay Taylor, Global Innovation and Partnerships Manager at Mindshare, Peter Jacobs, Client Partner, global at Dentsu Aegis Network, Adam Lynch, Senior Manager Operations at F1 and Lewis Sherlock, VP Sales at Bidstack discussed this topic...
In the Press  |  October 9, 2019
SalesTech Star: Bidstack Reaches New Checkpoint With Latest Senior Hires
Bidstack, the in-game advertising platform is excited to announce two new appointments – Nina Mackie, Senior Director of Global Agency Partnerships and Charlotte Cook, Account Director of Games. To read more of the article from Sales Tech Star, click here.
Bidstack News  |  October 8, 2019
Bidstack reaches new checkpoint with latest senior hires
Nina Mackie and Charlotte Cook join London HQ as Senior Director of Global Agency Partnerships and Account Director of Games    London, UK, 08 October 2019: Bidstack, the in-game advertising platform is excited to announce two new appointments – Nina Mackie, Senior Director, Global Agency Partnerships and Charlotte Cook, Account Director, Games. In the sales...
Blog  |  September 27, 2019 |  < 1 min read
MarTech Series: In-Game Ads Needn’t Be Disruptive
James Draper, Bidstack CEO explained to MarTech Series why in-game ads don’t have to be intrusive nor disrupt the gaming experience for the player.  Gamers don’t like it when advertising gets in the way of play, as illustrated by the furore around the unskippable ads recently introduced to NBA 2K19’s loading screen. Many game developers aren’t keen...
James Draper

James Draper

Talks & Events  |  August 1, 2019
GamesCom 2019 x Bidstack
In August 2019, Gamescom was the highlight for all gamers! Numerous events and congresses brought together the gaming industry and enthusiasts from all over the world. The Bidstack team were there to #GetInTheGame!  To read our 5 takeaways from GamesCom 2019, click here.
Talks & Events  |  March 27, 2019
Guildford Games 2019 x Bidstack
Bidstack’s Rob Dagwell of the Commercial Development team and Vanessa Yu from the Marketing team attended this year’s Guildford Games to see how both the gaming and the local community in Guildford were aiming to become the #HollywoodOfGames  
Talks & Events  |  September 4, 2019
UKIE Members Day 2019
In September 2019, Ukie turned 30 years old. To celebrate this occasion, they held their first ever Members Day on Wednesday 4 September at the Barbican Centre in central London. Bidstack were there to celebrate #30YearsOfPlay.  
Bidstack News  |  August 30, 2019
Bidstack continues to up their game on programmatic trading with new The Trade Desk partnership
Bidstack continues to up their game on programmatic trading with new The Trade Desk partnership.   In-game advertising platform Bidstack Group plc (AIM: BIDS.L) continues to build strong partnerships in the digital advertising space and today proudly announces their new collaboration with globally recognised The Trade DeskTM (Nasdaq: TTD), to bolster their programmatic offering for...
Blog  |  August 13, 2019 |  < 1 min read
WARC: Native in-game ads will future proof digital advertising
James Draper, Bidstack CEO, spoke to WARC about how in-game advertising brings the scale of mass-media exposure without ruining playing experiences. In the last 12 months, the popularity of esports has gone through the roof with viewing figures now surpassing both F1 and the 2019 Superbowl. With this continual rise, we are seeing advertisers starting to...
James Draper

James Draper

Blog  |  August 8, 2019 |  < 1 min read
The Drum: Why gaming will be advertising’s next key channel
James Draper, Bidstack CEO, shared his thoughts with The Drum on adland and how gaming and esports will change the industry for the better. Gaming has been on the radar of advertisers for some time, but it seems to have become a more intriguing prospect in the collective consciousness of the industry over the past...
James Draper

James Draper

In the Press  |  July 17, 2019
Mobile Marketing: Industry reacts: Q2 2019 IPA Bellwether Report
James Draper, CEO of Bidstack, recently spoke to Mobile Marketing to give his views on the Q2 2019 IPA Bellwether Report and where Bidstack stand with the current market projections. As marketing budgets stagnate and industry confidence wanes in times of uncertainty, marketers are looking for new avenues to reach audiences and boost brand awareness....
Talks & Events  |  July 19, 2019
Bidstack went to Develop:Brighton 2019
Develop:Brighton 2019 was a great success – with 2,871 attendees – their biggest event ever and a 21% increase year on year! Bidstack were there to learn and to network!
Blog  |  July 2, 2019 |  < 1 min read
Gamasutra: E3 2019: The Cloud is Gaming’s New Frontier
Rob Dagwell from Bidstack’s Commercial Development team, gave his views on cloud gaming and what E3 delivered at this year’s event.  The details of Google’s Stadia platform which were released ahead of this year’s E3,  set the scene for another instalment of gaming’s biggest gathering. Alongside cameos from Hollywood A listers such as Keanu Reeves, Jack Black...
Rob Dagwell

Rob Dagwell

In the Press  |  June 24, 2019
Creativepool: Talking Cannes Lions 2019: Key themes from this year’s festival
Bidstack CEO, James Draper spoke to Creativepool about his view on this year’s Cannes Lion Festival.  It was refreshing to see the growing presence of gaming and esports companies at Cannes Lions this year – best illustrated by Activision Blizzard pitching its tent at the Palais des Festivals. It is no big surprise however, as...
Talks & Events  |  August 15, 2019
E3 2019 x Bidstack
Representing all aspects of the video games space, E3 provided Bidstack the opportunity to showcase products, debut technologies, and align our brand with the future of video games. E3 had everything a gamer could wish for, from Keanu Reeves introducing Cyberpunk 2077 at the XBox Theatre, to an ice dragon status at Capcom’s stand, to...
Talks & Events  |  June 5, 2019
IAB Engage 2019 x Bidstack
Our Head of Insights, Lewis Hadley and VP Sales, Lewis Sherlock were at the event waving the Bidstack flag and soaking up all things new happening in advertising, adtech and data.   
Blog  |  April 30, 2019 |  5 min read
6 Key Trends from Insomnia64 ’19
Last week I headed to Birmingham with the Bidstack team for the biggest annual gaming event in the UK, Insomnia64. Growth in the gaming industry has continued apace since last year’s event and I was interested to see how these strides have influenced the way the event was planned and delivered. Here’s six trends that stood out for me at this year’s festival: 1. Brands are doing...
Petros Gazelidis

Petros Gazelidis

Blog  |  March 21, 2019 |  5 min read
Bidstack’s View: Stadia and the Future of Gaming
As passionate members of the gaming community, we felt extremely lucky to be in the audience for Google’s #Stadia announcement on Tuesday. The buzz around GDC and online in the aftermath of the presentation seemed to point to the significance of the move; but what exactly does Stadia mean for the video game market and the in-game advertising landscape? Here’s our...
Lewis Hadley

Lewis Hadley

Blog  |  March 8, 2019 |  4 min read
Women and Gaming – 5 Key Stats
In the minds of many, the world of gaming and esports is still very much a man’s world. But whilst we may have become familiar with well-trodden tropes about gaming being the preserve of young men and “geeks”, they don’t accurately reflect the gaming space in 2019. The demographic of gamers has changed dramatically in...
Lewis Hadley

Lewis Hadley

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