Israel – Global in-game ad solution Anzu.io has unveiled its new Roblox offering, where Anzu’s viewable impressions, brand safety, and detailed campaign reporting will be available to advertisers running in-game campaigns within Roblox.
Roblox is a global metaverse where millions of players gather to create, share, and play games in immersive worlds. Anzu finds that majority of Roblox’s users are under 16 of age and believes the partnership presents advertisers with a unique opportunity to connect with this elusive cohort.
“The game-changing move brings Anzu’s tech to Gen Z’s most popular platform, opening its 202 million monthly active users to brands and agencies globally via scalable in-game ads,” said the company in a press statement.
According to Anzu, in Q3 of 2020, Roblox racked up over 8.71 billion hours of engagement with users spending more time on the platform than on Tiktok, YouTube and Instagram combined.
Anzu, which already works with leading games companies, including Ubisoft, Amanotes, and Lion Castle Entertainment, to run in-game ads said that it aims to bring its learnings and success to the Roblox platform.
Michael Sligh, the creator of one of Roblox’s biggest games of all time ‘Work at a Pizza Place’, said, “We look forward to seeing real-world brand ads appear within our games as players will be able to experience them just like they do in the real world, adding a sense of realism to our gameplay. They will also provide us with an additional revenue stream without taking anything away from how players experience games, allowing us to spend more time improving them and building out new ones that the Roblox community can fall in love with.”
Itamar Benedy, CEO and co-founder of Anzu, said, “Today marks an important milestone on our road to building the cross-platform advertising solution that reaches players no matter where they are or what they are playing on.”
Benedy adds, “We are thrilled by the interest and uptake we have already seen from both Roblox’s developers and some of the world’s leading brands and agencies which are excited to be part of Roblox’s vision of becoming a true Metaverse, representing the future of how people learn, play, work, consume entertainment, try on and shop fashion, and interact with brands. This aligns with our belief that gaming is becoming a one-stop-shop where people are increasingly spending much of their digital lives — cementing the fact that gaming is a crucial channel that advertisers can no longer afford to ignore.”
Anzu believes that its dedication to child safety is a huge pull for advertisers. The Roblox platform is fully GDPR compliant and a member of the kidSAFE Seal Program, which has been approved by the Federal Trade Commission as an authorized safe harbor under COPPA.
Anzu has already signed partnerships with many popular Roblox creators, bringing in-game advertising to games, including Work at a Pizza Place, Speed Run 4, Wacky Wizards, and Fashion Famous. Anzu also shared that is in talks with a growing number of developers who are excited at the idea of having real-world brands appear within their games on the platform.