Rockstar 'Gears' Up at Walmart

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Rockstar 'Gears' Up at Walmart


By Patrycja Malinowska, Shopper Marketing

Rockstar earned upfront merchandising at Walmart by giving the mass merchant an exclusive overlay to a national promotion tying in to Microsoft Studios' Oct. 11 release of Gears of War 4.

A dedicated endcap near checkout stocks nationally available collector's edition cans of Rockstar Energy in original and "punched" flavors. The 16-ounce cans depict four original art designs inspired by the blockbuster video game franchise and deliver codes that unlock in-game content including a Walmart-exclusive "gears pack." A sign affixed to the endcap promotes the exclusive incentive.

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Participants redeem codes from two of the cans on a dedicated, promotional web page to unlock Walmart's "Acid Omen" gear pack and two additional "5+" gear packs. Walnut Creek, CA-based gamer activation agency Engage posted a supporting video to Vimeo. (See below.) An Oct. 2 Twitter update from the Gears of War account supported.

From Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, participants also earned two extra entries into a national sweepstakes when they redeemed their codes. The sweeps awarded 18 grand-prize packages comprising a Gears of War limited-edition bundle with Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox One S console and the Gears of War 4 game plus a 4K 60-inch TV; 61 first-prize winners got an Xbox One S console, the game and a HyperX Gears of War 4-themed headset; and 488 second-prize winners received the game in the form of an exclusive digital code to download an electronic version. Atlanta-based Brandmovers handled.

Shoppers can continue to redeem codes to unlock in-game content through Dec. 31.