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Activision launches PepsiCo promotion for Modern Warfare

US gamers can buy soft drinks and Doritos to earn extra XP in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Next month Activision will launch a new US promotion with PepsiCo's Mountain Dew and Doritos, rewarding purchasers with extra XP points for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Starting on October 10, gamers who buy the snacks will be able to redeem alphanumeric codes found on the products for slots of "double XP time" in the multiplayer games.

"For many of our gamers, Call of Duty and Mountain Dew go hand in hand, and together we wanted to deliver gamers a one-of-a-kind program around the epic Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer," said Activision's chief marketing officer Tim Ellis.

Buying a larger bottle of Mountain Dew will give gamers more double XP time, and combining that purchases with Doritos crisps will add an extra 15 minutes. There is a limitation of 24 hours of double XP play for each gamer.

"Dew fans have been clamouring for the return of Mountain Dew Game Fuel, so we wanted to really fire them up with a partnership that gets to the core of what Dew is all about," Brett O'Brien , Mountain Dew VP of marketing added.

"With this partnership we get to make sure that Mountain Dew fuels both the fans and their Call of Duty gameplay while they play Modern Warfare 3."

Activision recently won a court case over the use of the ModernWarfare3.com domain.

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Latest comments (12)

Awesome - lets encourage gamers to consume more junk food. I'm sure there isn't enough of that going on...

Whats next, buy Happy Meals at Maccas to get Zynga credits?
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Antony Cain Lecturer in Computer Games Design, Sunderland College5 years ago
Indeed Michael. It really helps with gaming stereotypes too - thinking back to a certain episode of South Park.
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Luke Salvoni Senior iOS Developer 5 years ago
Some of their target audience of gamers will already be buying these products or similar ones... this will only but fuel sales of both the snacks and games, whilst providing the gamers with additional reward beyond calories. Nothing to see here, IMHO, and nothing to be overly surprised about.
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Pierre Vandenbroucke Assistant de production, Gorgone Productions5 years ago
Maybe Paintball sessions would have been a bettre idea, so that people are encouraged to move their body in between MW3 sessions. But I guess it's better to keep people sitting down in front of a screen.
A very intelligent move from marketing, but...
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James Wells Gaming Contributor - digboston.com 5 years ago
I still wish Pepsi would bring back their Rock Band promo from a couple summers ago, but this is cool too I suppose. Anything to get my FN-FAL and duel-wielded SMGs quicker!
Edit: for the record, I don't normally drink sugary sodas. I may end up buying a few bottles. Hopefully Diet Pepsi/Dew are included in this promo? I don't want to have to invest in any new pants...

Edited 1 times. Last edit by James Wells on 26th September 2011 3:48pm

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Denis Lessard 3d animator, Ubisoft5 years ago
Nice i gonna get a free prestige whit the purshase of 300 $ of doritos product :) lol just kidding nexxt step is to get Mc donald skin for online mode !!!
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
Too much marketing for a game that's automatically going to sell millions, but oh well...

Oh and James (and anyone else), lay off the diet pop. It's really shitty for liver function, as a friend of mine found out who drank it for years. Of course, the awful stuff in regular soda is no health-boosting gem, but aspartame is exceptionally terrible in terms of negative impact.
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Wayne Gibson UK Marketing Manager for GameKrib.com 5 years ago
It's their master plan to make sure all gamers cant go outside and buy any other games. Phase 2 is buying the internet so we can only ever view the CoD Elite page filled with Doritos and Pepsi ads.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Wayne Gibson on 27th September 2011 4:02pm

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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game5 years ago
"For many of our gamers, Call of Duty and Mountain Dew go hand in hand"?

Really? That clears that up. I thought it was a case of Pepsico giving you a fat wadge of cash, and you selling advantage (in a round about way) on a premium priced game, but as long as it's actually all about the customer...
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Craig Watkins Studying Game Design Course, Train2Game5 years ago
The worst part is this is going to work, then it will be a justifiable marketing tactic for the future. Activision, you are evil.
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Wayne Gibson UK Marketing Manager for GameKrib.com 5 years ago
I would imagine that if this was tried here the European union might have something to say about it. I can only hope they do. Fat overweight people stuffing themselves with junk food while playing games is not an image we want to carry on reinforcing. Next they will be installing consoles with cod on into Mcdonalds so you can cramp those extra cheese burgers down while you game.
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Gareth Sharp freelance reviewer / beta tester 5 years ago
again, a US only promotion.
PepsiCo is a global corporation so why aren't offers like this global?
Is it because only the americans clamour after deals like this

"Here drink our sugar and calorie loaded drink, it'll rot your teeth, give you gas, possibly gut rot and make you pile on the pounds, but at least you'll get double xp"????
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