One In Four Americans Plays Games Based On Known IP

Publishers are increasingly using the brand awareness and popularity of major intellectual properties (IPs) to make their games stand out. By tying their games to popular movies, TV shows or comics, they are hoping to drive user installs and, ultimately, revenues. At the same time, IP owners see games as a way to gain additional consumer revenues. Games based on IP have a history of failure and success, making it crucial to understand what makes an IP game great, and who plays and spends in these games.

Newzoo’s latest service: IP Gaming Report & Data examines 21 of the best performing IP games in depth, providing insights into the most popular titles and the 88 million US gamers, or 27 percent of the total US population in 2015, who are playing them.

Newzoo IP Games Report Simpsons Family Guy V1

In the US, IP Games Perform Better on iPhone than iPad

In July, about 1 in 6 games of the US Top 40 iPhone games were IP franchises, generating more than $11 million in gross revenues that month, or 16 percent of the Top 40’s revenues. MARVEL Contest of Champions performed best, followed by Jurassic World: The Game and the much talked about Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. Interestingly, IP titles do not perform as well on iPad, with only 3 entries in the top 40 in July.

Peter Warman, CEO at Newzoo: “The convergence of games and video content is accelerating and cross-screen engagement is now part of every publisher’s strategy. Not surprisingly, game companies are giving more attention to original and new IP that originates from outside the games space. An IP can undoubtedly provide an enormous marketing boost and potentially save tens of millions in marketing costs. Still, the game itself needs to be stellar to stay up in the charts. Building up IP or using existing IP both have serious pros and cons for game developers. With our recent research, we aim to provide insight into what makes a game based on IP successful and who the most valuable target group is. The report also reflects our objective to do more in-depth reporting on the US market specifically.”

Battle of the Animated Sitcoms: The Simpsons vs. Family Guy

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff and The Simpsons: Tapped Out have been locked in a monthly battle for the top IP town-building game, with different leaders in the iOS rankings each month. Just like the sitcoms, these titles target a similar audience. This can be seen in the cross-franchise behavior, with Family Guy gamers proving less loyal to the title. Two-thirds of Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff players have also played The Simpsons: Tapped Out, compared to 51 percent of Simpsons gamers having played the rival title.

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Our IP report and data answer questions such as: How do the most popular IP game franchises perform in terms of awareness, players, recommendation and time and money spent Who are the gamers playing them, who spends money and what aspects do they enjoy the most

The report takes an in-depth look at the IP gamers in the US (based on the players of 21 franchises), examining demographics, game play and spending behavior, platforms used, cross-franchise gaming, engagement and much more.

Along with the report, subscribers get one year access to the Newzoo Data Explorer, where they can cross-analyze the 50+ topics and make custom reports and filters with the support of Newzoo analysts.

The full topic list and the franchises that are included can be found here.

Imgur: How Brands Can Go Viral Creatively

Social media are redefining marketing in interesting ways, and the recent events on Imgur the Internet’s largest image-sharing community are an excellent examples of this. Old Spice’s marketing stunt has been going viral on Imgur over the last few days, showing just how powerful native advertising can be when brands grasp the style, language and content that resonates with a community.

Here’s the rundown: Just three days ago, an Imgurian, heartbroken over a lost bottle of Old Spice Bearglove body wash, reached out to Old Spice through Imgur asking to replace the hygienic void in his life. The folks at Old Spice delivered .

TheWehrmachtDidNothingWrong: Dear @RealOldSpiceWeSwear I accidentally left my Bearglove body wash at a friends house I stayed at over the weekend. Can you send me one?

RealOldSpiceWeSwear: Absolutely not. But direct message us and we will send you a ridiculously large nearly full-sized jungle cat tax. For real. In real life.

So Old Spice sent me a giant tiger…

View the origins of the story here (see the comments section) and here’s the delivery and the unveiling of Old Spice’s amazing play on an Imgurian tradition the cat tax.

Steve Patrizi, VP of marketing & sales at Imgur, spoke with [a]listdaily about Imgur and its value to brand marketers.

How would you describe Imgur for marketers who are just hearing about the platform?

Imgur is home to the most ridiculously entertaining images on the Internet. Millions of people visit Imgur every day to enjoy and share hilarious, heartwarming, and helpful images from all around the world. The basic unit is a post, which includes a title, one or more images (animated or still), and descriptive text. Users vote up their favorite posts, which are then seen by millions of people every day.

Our marketing partners tell us there are 3 reasons they’re investing in Imgur:

  1. Reaching millennial males at scale. Imgur’s core demographic is young, tech-savvy and culture-influencing millennial males – particularly those into video games, movies, technology, apparel, and food. For a lot of marketers, these users are hard to find at scale, yet according to comScore, Imgur is home to the highest composition of millennial males found anywhere on the Internet.
  2. Crazy levels of engagement. It’s one thing to reach millennial males, it s another to reach them in places where they’re spending lots of time. 82 percent of Imgur users spend 3+ hours on Imgur per week, and 17 percent spend 10+ hours per week.
  3. A massive and engaging messaging canvas. The post is one of the most powerful messaging units available on the Internet. It can be used for short-form or long-form messaging, it can include still or hi-def animated images, and has proven to deliver impressive results: on average, users spend 25 seconds with a post (close to the gold-standard of tv spots!) and engagement rates are between two and four percent!

What’s the reach of Imgur, and what are the demographics that the platform hits?

Imgur reaches 150 million monthly active users globally, and according to comScore, has the highest concentration of millennial males on the Internet. 75 percent are under the age of 35 and nearly 60 percent are 24 and younger. Imgur’s audience is most interested in geek culture things like video games, movies, music, and, of course, food.

Is Old Spice unusual in how it’s using Imgur, or are other brands reaching out to customers in similar fashion? Can you give us some examples of other brands using Imgur?

Old Spice isn’t necessarily unusual in how they’re using Imgur, but they and our other partners are doing something really special that you just don’t see on the Internet as much as you should: they’re focused on delivering user value first and foremost and actually creating advertising that people enjoy. They know that if they get that part right, they’ll have an easier time hitting their own objectives.

For example, Old Spice invited Imgur users to help them pick the best scent of Imgur, but gave them some cool reaction GIFs to use as well. eBay has shared tons of great advice, like how to find a great father’s day gift to how manage your computer cables, and Starz shared some behind the scenes insights into their new show BluntTalk.

Here are some examples of awesome Promoted Posts be sure to check out the comments section to see the community feedback!


1. Father Day & Drones

2. Tech Transformations

3. Rare Toys

4. Cable Management

5. eBay Charity

6. You’re Never Alone When you Have a Drone

7. How to Build a Gaming Computer from Scratch

8. Welcome our New 3D Printing Overlords

9. Community Love

10. Camp High Tech

Blunt Talk Starring Patrick Stewart

1. MRW

2. Who Doesn’t Need More Patrick Stewart in Their Lives

3. Patrick Stewart Wants to be Blunt with You

4. Captain Picard & Mr. Data

Old Spice

1. And So It Begins

2. Round 1: Battle of The Upvote Gifs

3. Round 2: Cat Taxapalooza:

4. Round 3: Deal With It

Planetary Society with Bill Nye

1. Dear Citizens of Planet Earth

Just Cause 3

1. Play a Video Game, Win an Island

What’s the best way for brands to find and support conversations about themselves on Imgur?

The real opportunity on Imgur is to learn more about the authentic conversations that millennials are having about the things they really care about most. Then we can work together with brands to use those insights to develop programs and messaging that really connects with Imgur s millennial audience.

For example, eBay picked up on the fact that a lot of Imgur users were really interested in camping gear – so we worked with them to put together a post showcasing cool camping gadgets. Old Spice locked onto the idea that it s customary for Imgur users to include a cat tax in their posts, which led to the tiger delivery.


Jaunt Raises Virtual Reality Funds From Disney, Others

Virtual reality is becoming one of the hottest markets to emerge over the next coming year, and Jaunt is ready to play its part, based on its most recent round of fundraising.

A report from Variety states that the start-up virtual reality team has managed to raise $65 million in Series C funding, with a good chunk of it coming straight from the Walt Disney Company. In addition, Evolution Media Partners and China Media Capital (CMC) have provided some money as well.

As a result, the company has reached over $100 million in funding to date the biggest yet for a virtual reality-based team.

With that, it’s stated that it will use the funding to increase production of its virtual reality units, as well as its state-of-the-art camera hardware and software production tools. It also intends to expand its teams based on both its Los Angeles studio and its home base, located in Palo Alto, California.

This gives the team an opportunity to make a big splash in the Hollywood market, especially with both Disney and Evolution Media Partners (backed by CAA partners Evolution Media Capital, TPG Growth and Participant Media) on board. Of course, there’s potential to reach in other markets as well, as previous investors like Highland Capital, Google Ventures and broadcast company Sky have helped raise $50 million previously.

Disney has already put its investment to good use, previously working alongside Jaunt with ABC News to help increase a production system based on news dispatches through virtual reality. This includes a Nightline report on preserving antiquities in Syria.

This round further illustrates our commitment and dedication to advancing the scope of cinematic VR — for filmmakers, storytellers and audiences alike, Jaunt CEO and co-founder Jens Christensen said regarding the funding. With the support of these world-class companies, we will explore new avenues, building on our leadership position to deliver amazing VR experiences using best-in-class tools, technology and creative teams.

Rick Hess, founder and co-managing partner of Evolution Media Partners, stated, Brands, artists and creatives are looking to reach and interact with their audiences in new innovative ways, and Jaunt s expertise provides a groundbreaking medium for exploring these new avenues.

There’s no word yet on when we’ll see Jaunt’s technology in action again, but it’s sure to be sooner rather than later.

Twitter Boosts TV Viewing

There has been a number of great marketing programs in the past where TV networks have teamed up with social channels to create buzz for new premieres and special programs (like SyFy’s Sharknado movies), to great effectiveness. Twitter takes a large part in this, and with the fall season premieres set to begin this week, they’re not likely to slow down anytime soon.

This report from Adweek indicates that both advertisers and users benefit from such campaigns, especially on Twitter, according to numbers compiled by the site in the TVxTwitter Playbook.

“The TV conversation on Twitter strongly influences mainstream media as well as consumer attitudes and behaviors,” said Twitter global media and agency research director Anjali Midha. “As the research in our TVxTwitter Playbook demonstrates, there are actionable strategies and tactics that can help both programming content and advertising work harder by tapping into the power of their audiences.”

The full infographic is below, but here are some effective takeaways from the results.

  • In the U.S. last year, there were one billion tweets about television.
  • 87 percent of tweets about TV come from mobile devices
  • 93 percent of Twitter users have a cable subscription in some form
  • 85 percent of active Twitter users tweet about TV mostly during prime-time hours.
  • With some form of hashtag integration, a TV show can gain a 20 percent increase in Tweets per minute. (One example of this: WWE’s programming, which makes heavy usage of hashtags during its shows.)
  • Shows like the Oscars and MTV Video Music Awards show an increase in attention on Twitter, compared to just talking about it on the Internet in general. (This is especially true with last night’s Emmys broadcast.)
  • Four out of five users active during prime-time hours have mentioned brands in their Tweets.
  • 99 percent of active Twitter users during these same hours were exposed to at least one brand-related Tweet.

Check out the full statistics in the infographic below.


Instagram’s Powerful Mobile Game Ads

We’ve talked quite a bit in the past about Instagram’s new mobile advertising initiatives, but it also seems to be doing pretty well in the gaming department, despite the high costs that comes with them.

This report from Pocket Gamer indicates that various companies, including AppsFlyer and Apsalar, have joined in regarding analytic support for the site, alongside Kenshoo, which has indicated that some advertising numbers for games have arisen from the site, based on “a selection of games spanning the Social Casino, RPG, Strategy, Sports and Match 3 genres.”

These include a 2.32 average click-through rate (CTR), a $4.17 average cost per install (CPI), a $.36 average cost-per-click (CPC) and a $6.22 average cost-per-thousand impressions (CPM).

These are some interesting differences from numbers provided by Nanigans for gaming advertising on Facebook through the first quarter of 2015, which include a 0.65 percent average CTR, and $.80 CPC and a $5.17 CPM.

When it comes to visiting the site for mobile purposes, Chartboost provided these recent numbers, in terms of cost-per-install for the U.S.:

  • iOS Average: $2.23
  • iPad Average: $2.59
  • iPhone Average: $2.04
  • Amazon average: $1.78

As a result, Instagram has a larger number of users when it comes to click-through rates in general, although it could be costly to some publishers that aren’t expecting that kind of windfall in terms of popularity. Still, this is more good news for the Facebook-owned photo/video site, indicating that its advertising model is coming across better than expected.

Companies with larger budgets based on their mobile releases may find this to be music to their ears, as it’ll mean bigger business in the long run even if that means a bit of up-front costs getting into it.

Expect the advertising initiative and Instagram’s growing list of partners to continue well into the end of 2015, as well as 2016 and beyond.

Ad-Blocking Is Showing No Signs Of Slowing Down

While many companies thrive on using ads to get the message across to customers, not everyone is a fan of them. In fact, a large number of consumers have managed to utilize some form of ad-blocking service — and it’s becoming more of a common business practice than you might expect.

But now things could be getting a bit more heated in the ad-blocking market, according to a article from The New York Times. With the release of last week’s iOS 9 update from Apple, users can now temploy ad-blocking apps to keep most ads from appearing. With that, consumers have been ordering them in droves, with the likes of such programs as Peace, Purify and Crystal soaring to the top of Apple’s App Store sales chart in that time frame.

As a result, consumers feel that they’re getting a better web browsing experience, although some web publishers feel as if they’re being left out in the cold. The maker of the ad-blocking app Peace, Marco Arment, removed that app from the service and offered refunds, stating that although blocking ads can “benefit a ton of people in major ways, they also hurt some, including many who don’t deserve to be hit.”

The ethics of ad-blocking were already put into question with several successful desktop programs, as some believe that ads are what help the Internet with its circulation — even allowing some companies to make a healthy living as a result. With these limitations, companies won’t be able to benefit, mainly due to a more basic advertising model.

“When ad blockers became the most downloaded apps in the App Store, it forced publishers and advertisers to rethink the role that advertising plays on the web,” said David Carroll, an associate professor of media design for the Parsons School of Design.

Apple responded with the introduction of such software saying that it makes “for an improved mobile browsing experience,” according to The New YorkTimes.

Still, that’s a business practice that should have some companies concerned, as more and more consumers are taking part in ad blocking. Some 16 percent of those who use the Internet in the U.S., approximately 45 million people, already have an ad blocking service in place — that’s a 48 percent increase over the past year, according to Sean Blanchfield, operator of Irish ad block tracking service PageFair. The site indicates that ad blocking could easily cost publishers about $22 billion in revenue for this year alone.

John Gruber, a technology blogger for Daring Fireball, indicated on Twitter that “it’s wrong” if an ad blocker stops all kinds of advertising. “The ad network I’m a part of, the Deck, only serves ads that are fast to load and don’t track you,” he said. “In my opinion, they’re good-looking ads for high-quality products and services. Why block that ”

“This will be hard on small publishers,” said David Jacobs, chief executive of 29th Street Publishing, which helps publishers create apps. “There are definitely some small publishers out there that make 50 percent to 75 percent of their revenue from ads, and they have margins of about 10 percent.”

He did suggest, however, that “publishers will really need another way to make money” with more “good” ways to advertise, instead of “bad.” “I think that people have also underestimated how much has to change between the reader and publishers,” he explained.

Here are the general takeaways from the iOS 9 ad-blocking introduction…

First off, ad blocking is not a new practice. It’s been around for years, but is starting to build up reasonable steam not only on desktop PC’s, but also mobile.

Secondly, Apple isn’t trying to punish any particular companies with this policy. Its focus has always been on customer service, and giving owners of its iPhone and iPad models the best experience possible — and that includes managing ads so that it doesn’t interrupt said experience or, worse yet, “gum” up the hardware with unnecessary loading time.

Finally, this could be the wake-up call for marketers to make more effective ad campaigns, as companies now need to find a way to make advertising more receptive to consumers, rather than badgering them or, worse yet, making them concerned for security purposes.

And for those looking into further insight in ad-blocking, eMarketer has an outstanding report,indicating that, according to Q2 2015 data provided by GlobalWebIndex, 34 percent of those between the ages of 16 to 24 and 31 percent of those between 25 and 35 use ad-blocking services. The chart below shows just how widespread it really is.


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How Native Ads Can Deliver Great Results

Native advertising has become a hot area for marketers, especially those looking to get past ad blockers and the tendency of customers to skip past advertising the moment they notice it. Native ads have become an important revenue stream for many media outlets, and a powerful performer for advertisers when they are executed properly. The New York Times and Netflix, for instance, created a powerful native ad about women in America’s prison system. The piece was written in a raw, journalistic style, and provided plenty of data. It was thoughtful and intriguing, even though it was created to help promote Netflix’s series Orange Is The New Black.

BuzzFeed is a great example of a media site that’s embracing native ads to great success. Buzzfeed (as reported by Ad Age) has create a network of native ads that’s growing every day. Ads like this one from VISA begin playing as soon as it appears in a Facebook feed and challenges viewers with calls to action like “Can you guess the fake ”

Native advertising is also gaining ground in the games industry, though in a different way. NativeX is a company that specializes in native ads for mobile games, and CEO Robert Weber believes the company is serving an important role. “Many mobile game developers are getting far better results from native ads that give their players virtual rewards for real ad engagement. This is where rewarded multi-offer ads work well,” Weber pointed out in an article on The Next Web. “For instance, many game developers offer their players a choice of either watching a video ad or downloading an app in exchange for in-game currency (see image below). While these are native ads, they look and act nothing like Facebook news feed-type ads, or content that’s indistinguishable from the actual game — in fact, their whole purpose is to clearly offer more content in exchange for ad engagement.”

“Typical click through rates for these kinds of units are well over 10%, with completion rates of 50 percent,” Weber continued. “By contrast, a typical clickthrough rate for ads on a newspaper website are closer to 0.3 percent. These reward-based ads have kept a lot of great indie game developers from going bankrupt, and even brought them enough revenue to start creating more games.”

Weber spoke with [a]listdaily to provide more insights on native ads for games.

Robert Weber

How does native advertising in games differ from regular ads that might get shown alongside mobile games

Native ads in games are designed to better align with the game publisher’s targeted user experience, typically including game-specific content (visual, audio and ideally rewards tied to virtual currency).

Are native ads significantly more effective than regular ads, particularly for games Can you cite some examples

Yes. When you combine rewards for users with improved, native design, results are significantly better for publishers.

To get a sense of how effective value exchange ads are, see the MMA research where CTR rates for value exchange video on slide 11 versus other non-native video formats (

Our native value exchange video ads and native interstitial ads drive even further CTR increases. For example, see the Lara Croft: Relic Run case study here. Across our native value exchange video ad publishers, we typically see CTR rates in the 10 percent to 11 percent range, almost four times higher than what the MMA research reported for standard value exchange video.

One of the concerns about native advertising — across a variety of media — is that when native advertising looks too much like the usual content, it may devalue the content’s brand. For instance, that when a native ad appears in The New York Times, that may confuse or concern some readers. Do you think this is a valid concern Does it apply to native advertising in games

I do believe some of the sponsored content native ads typically found in news and social apps can get a bit confusing at times. With our native ads in games, we don’t believe there is any confusion. We think one evidence supporting this is Conversion Rates for our ads. We don’t just see higher CTR rates than standard ads, we often see Conversion Rates being higher too. If there was confusion with our native game ads causing accidental clicks, we believe we’d see lower conversion rates.

What’s the future look like for native advertising in games

We believe we are still in the early days of native ads for games. At NativeX, we are investing heavily in our ad innovation lab to create innovative new native ad formats for games that deliver game changing performance gains for game publishers. Typically the areas we are exploring are our use of visual, audio and user experience modifications to increase the effectiveness of in-game ads.

TotalBiscuit On Red Bull Battle Grounds, ‘StarCraft II’

Red Bull brings a close to its StarCraft II Archon Mode Face Off on Sept. 19 at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD with some of the top pros teaming up to play Blizzard Entertainment’s new multiplayer eSports mode. John “TotalBiscuit” Bain will be on hand as a caster of the livestreamed event ( The YouTube personality and owner of StarCraft II team Axiom gaming talks about the role Archon could play in changing the landscape of eSports in this exclusive interview.

How has livestreaming impacted the growth of eSports?

On a basic level, livestreaming is why eSports can exist in its current form. It’s given a platform that didn’t exist previously. ESports really never would have existed without it. It’s very long-form and it’s not at all similar to how traditional sports events are broadcast because there’s an unpredictable game length and unpredictable tournament length. With eSports you need to dedicate an entire channel to one event. That doesn’t happen with broadcast TV. The more important point is that the eSports audience is very international. While you do get home crowd, every event features players from many different companies. Broadcast TV would not be suitable to reach this global fan base. With livestreaming you can connect with everyone simultaneously.

What are your thoughts on how Red Bull has connected with eSports fans?

Red Bull has taken an interesting angle because they do a lot of their own event programming. They’ve done a limited amount of sponsorship over the years. But not many brands go out of their way to create their own content. And Red Bull experiments with different ideas. A lot of StarCraft II events are similar because the format has been figured out over the years. The biggest exception to that is Red Bull’s events. The size of Red Bull’s events is massive. They’ve been innovating in that scene.

What role has Red Bull’s focus on StarCraft II had on keeping Blizzard’s game relevant?

It’s improtant to have high-profile companies like Red Bull promoting StarCraft II at a time when League of Legends, Dota 2, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive are pulling in more viewers. Team-based eSports are more popular. StarCraft II is still the biggest 1vs. 1 eSports game. Red Bull’s high quality content around StarCraft II is still enjoyable to watch. While the game’s growth period may have stopped, it’s still a viable platform and a good place to spend money — and also less expensive for sponsors and advertisers interested in getting involved in eSports.

What impact could team-based Archon have on StarCraft II as an eSport?

The Archon game plays and is presented in the same way as 1 vs. 1, except two players are controlling on one side. StarCraft II has had team formats from the start, but the game hasn’t been properly balanced and 1vs.1 was the priority. Archon mode is interesting is because it has the excitement of a team-based activity and you have a lot more going on on-screen, but you don’t have the balance problems. There’s the possibility based on how well this tournament goes, that we may see more people follow this. The prize pool may have to be bigger and you’ll have to fly in more players for events, but it’s probably the closest we’ll get to exciting team-based gameplay.

Why is 2 vs. 2 Archon mode best for eSports?

2 vs. 2 is the sweet spot because if you add more players it will run into balance problems. 5 vs. 5 would have 20 people because you have two players per base. It’d be insane to watch. A lot of it comes down to how easy is the eSport to watch for the viewer. As you increase the number of people playing, it gets difficult. StarCraft II is complicated enough in 1 vs. 1. Add more bases and it’s hard for spectators to keep up with the action.

What role do stadiums play in eSports today?

Stadiums provide a good venue for finals, but what I found interesting with The International — the biggest prize pool in eSports history — was at times the stadium looked empty. But you have to consider the lengths of these events. These are 12-hour days and sitting in stadium seating for that long isn’t comfortable or practical, so you have people go in and out. They’ll watch the team they want to watch. It’s very unique and interesting. There’s nothing like that in a traditional sports or concert event. It’s more like a music festival. You don’t stay there the entire time, you follow the events you want to. ESports events are completely scalable from LAN events to stadiums.

How important are big prize pools for growing eSports?

When you take $18 million and say this prize pool is more than The Masters and other big sports events, you get media attention because it’s hard to ignore something where that much money is given away. The model Valve is using is not a fluke. It’s unusual, but sustainable. And for the eSports scene it’s helpful because people can justify going pro in pursuit of a prize pool that big. It also just makes people pay attention to eSports because it has a huge audience and a lot of money going into it, regardless of how strange one might think professional video gaming is. You have to pay attention to it.

What’s the key to having a successful league today?

While $18 million for one event is great, it’s not the way leagues can operate. You need to create a sustainable circuit, rather than focus on one big event a year. A great team might not make it to The International because something may happen outside of your control. The way you make eSports sustainable is to have more events. You have the majors and other things leading up to The International. Valve and ESL work together. Riot and Blizzard working with leagues, as well. You can create a year-long ecosystem where teams are able to build points and earn prize money in a way that’s more reliable. Pros need reliable income.

Activision Debuts ‘Downton Abbey’ Mobile Game

When you hear that Activision has released a new game, you start to think about Call of Duty or Skylanders but Activision’s newest game is about as far away from those blockbusters as you could imagine. Still, Activision is going with a tried and true IP with an enormous audience for its latest mobile game the hit PBS series Downton Abbey, now appearing in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore for the Kindle line.

The release of the Downton Abbey: Mysteries of the Manor mobile game coincides with the beginning of the show’s sixth (and final) season in the UK (though it won’t be aired in the USA until next year). The game is a free-to-play hidden-object game. In Mysteries of the Manor, you ll step into the role of a newly hired staff member who was brought in to investigate a mysterious burglary, the company said. An intruder has ransacked the abbey, putting the Crawley s family fortune in jeopardy. You ll need to search each room and assemble the evidence if you want to get to the bottom of this whodunit.”

Activision plans to release monthly content updates along with a special Christmas content pack, according to MCV.

Taco Bell Launches Gold PS4 Promotion

There’s been some pretty cool versions of the PlayStation 4 that Sony has produced, from the 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 to the Metal Gear Solid V Phantom Pain Edition to the new Star Wars Limited Edition PlayStation 4. Now there’s a limited edition that you can only get if you’re very lucky and you like tacos. Meet the limited edition gold PlayStation 4 bundle, being given away every 10 minutes at Taco Bell from September 24 to November 4.

The bundle comes with a gold PlayStation 4 and a gold DualShock controller, both with black accents, along with a copy of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (which launches October 9). How do you get a chance at one of these beauties Gamers must “stop by [their] local Taco Bell and purchase any Big Box, and receive a unique code.” You then text that code to a special number, which will reveal whether or not you are a winner. If you don’t want to buy a $5 Big Box, though, you can mail in a request for codes, and after the first month of the promotion you can request a single code online.

Or, of course, you can plan on eating at Taco Bell regularly to get more chances to win a gold PlayStation 4. Which, of course, is exactly what the clever marketers at Taco Bell want you to do. Hasn’t it been a while since you’ve tried the Taco Bell menu Wouldn’t a gold PS4 look great under your TV Oh, yeah, it’s starting to work.