31/10/06 - Future, the UK's leading publisher of games magazines and websites, has announced a cross-platform deal with Intel, to promote the computing giant's newly launched Core 2 Extreme processor range.
Designed specifically for high-powered gaming, the Intel Core 2 Extreme chips are part of the new, next-generation Core 2 Duo range and are 40% faster than their rivals.
In a pioneering three month deal brokered by Universal McCann, Future is promoting the processors through its games magazines, websites and events - as well as a newly created series of gaming tournaments.
Alongside traditional print and online advertising in Future's games portfolio, online PC gamers can take part in a web based gaming tournament. The Intel Extreme tournament is hosted by Future's www.gamesradar.com website. Kicking off on Sunday, 5th November, gamers can register at the Core 2 Extreme branded microsite at http://intel.gamesradar.com, to be in with the chance of winning £thousands worth of fantastic prizes - including an Alienware Core 2 Extreme PC.
Gamers also get the chance to experience the power of the new Core 2 Extreme in the flesh at a major gaming event. Future has created the Intel Extreme LAN Party, which takes place at the i29 gaming tournament at Newbury Racecourse, from Friday 10th - Sunday 12th November. With more than 1000 gamers expected to take part in the Intel event - the winning player and team will walk away with their share of more than £10k worth of prizes.
Completing the cross-platform campaign, Intel sponsored the "Online Game of the Year" at this year's Golden Joystick Awards, held in London on Friday, 27th October. The Golden Joystick Awards attracted over 500,000 votes and support of major media partners including; The Sun, Nuts and BBC Radio.
John Kimbell is Press Account Director for Universal McCann:
"Future's portfolio of games magazines, websites and their specially-created tournaments made them the perfect partner to promote Intel's Core 2 Extreme to an audience of passionate gamers. Intel wanted to raise awareness of the best processor on the market amongst influential games players, and Future's cross-media proposal got the attention of these gamers in print, on the web and at live events."
Ryan Fergusson, Future's Head of Digital Sales, added:
"We are delighted to be working with Intel on this innovate campaign to promote the Core 2 Extreme processor to gamers. Our cross-media campaign targeted gamers through the web, print and at live events, utilising Future's well-established relationships in the games industry. Publishing the UK's leading games magazines and websites - Future is ideally placed as the perfect partner for any organisation wishing to target UK games players."
Future plc is an international special-interest media group with offices in the UK, US, France and Italy. Founded in 1985 with one UK magazine, today it creates over 150 special-interest publications, websites and events, with strong portfolios in the computing, games, music, automotive, sports, crafts and leisure sectors. Over 100 international editions of Future's magazines are also published under licence in 30 other countries across the world. Future employs over 1,500 people worldwide. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR).
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