The gaming community is currently made up of people of any age, ethnicity, gender and background. However, there are still pervasive stereotypes around the attributes of the ‘average’ gamer. This campaign celebrates the diverse modern gaming community and shows that whatever kind of a gamer you are, Currys is the home for you. Our research, compiled by our gaming proposition Publicis Play, shows that 46% of gamers are female, 29% identify as disabled, and 15% are from minority ethnic groups. There is also a significant increase in the older age groups year on year, with +32% aged 55-64.
The identities of gamers who log on to public forums are often shrouded in mystery, with many players interacting in the same digital arena without any in-person contact. As a result, there is a tendency to assume that all players fit a similar demographic, even within the community itself. This campaign combats preconceptions by removing anonymity from these forums and revealing the true faces of gamers through three content episodes, each featuring a major gaming brand – Xbox: Squad Goals, Nintendo: Switch it up, Intel: Guess the Gamer.
The bespoke content will be housed on Jungle Creations’ people-focused entertainment brand VT for the duration of the four-week campaign and seeded across additional social platforms – Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. This will be accompanied by interactive Instagram Stories shot in a Currys store, featuring a Currys expert advising on how to identify the right console and set up for different types of gamers.
Ernest Osafo, Senior Advertising & Digital Manager at Currys, said: “We love that this campaign challenges the gaming stereotype and reveals the many different types of people that make the community so rich and varied. Contrary to what is still the typical image of a male teenager sitting in a basement, our research shows that almost half of gamers are female with significant proportions who identify as disabled or from minority ethnic groups.”
Rebecca Dorfman, Managing Partner at Spark Foundry said: “We know there is so much potential to be unlocked when it comes to reaching gamers as brands continue to explore this media channel. Marrying up Currys with such an influential host of gaming brands will ensure that this content engages a broad audience and aptly reflects the evolution of the industry. The three content episodes aim to inspire a new generation of gamers, encouraging people from all walks and stages of life to consider gaming.”