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Key Dates

12 February - Launch Event
28 May - Standard Deadline
24 November - Extended Deadline
3 December - Judging
10 December - Winners Announced
17 December - Awards Presentation

MTN DEW Amp Game Fuel Launch [DRAFT]

Project Overview

MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL is the first ready-to-drink performance beverage for gamers to hit the market.

Organisation

PepsiCo, Inc.

Project Brief

MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL is the first ready-to-drink performance beverage for gamers to hit the market. Created with this specific tribe in mind, GAME FUEL has created a holistic brand, product and consumer experience that authentically integrates with e-sports and gaming culture. The 360 launch assets developed by the design team allowed the brand to launch with scale and excitement while also creating a strong pipeline of partnerships, sponsorships and future innovations.

Project Innovation/Need

Every facet of MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL was designed to enhance the gaming experience while also feeling badge-worthy for an image-conscious target consumer. The can design/packaging showcased multiple innovation and first of its kind technology, featuring a tactile ink and innovative resealable lid to keep the product fresh for extended gaming sessions. It is also an award-winning functional beverage that is specially crafted with theanine and caffeine, which in combination have been shown to improve accuracy and alertness— meeting gamers’ needs and elevating the experience.

A highly flexible and differentiated visual identity system provides cohesive application across packaging, retail, social, partnerships, e-sports arenas and consumer experiences from launch. From the color palette to the visual architecture, the brand feels immediately at home in any gaming environment while simultaneously standing out and building consumer memory structures. The brand has achieved great success with team sponsorships, partnerships with some of the biggest game publishers, and a strong consumer response with over 97% positive sentiment on social media.

Design Challenge

To successfully launch MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL, needed to create a brand identity that felt endemic to the gaming space visually. It also needed to provide a strong graphic foundation for future innovation, partnerships and consumer experiences. Maintaining authenticity was a key challenge throughout the development process, and critical to making sure MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL is THE beverage of choice for e-sports athletes and gamers everywhere. We wanted to make something modern and stay away from the clichés that plague other brands trying to reach the “gaming” audience.

Effectiveness

It is noteworthy that all major articles used stills from the animation instead of retail KV or more basic renderings. This was a big step for PepsiCo in terms of design leading PR, using the look and feel to help drive desirability. Launch activation experiences drove incredible earned media impressions and reach beyond the physical event (social reach from on-site PR stunts, e-sports team signing held at booth, social sharing). Footage of the booth was used in the live stream of the event, with at peak times had 200K concurrent viewers. Design look and feel was the key driver for the decision for the CWL production to make this the backdrop for interviews and segments, which was not in the contract. Earned brand posts from multiple brands on-site and CWL post interviews in the brands area were held at the MTN DW AMP GAME FUEL Booth.




This award celebrates creative and innovative design in traditional or digital visual representation of ideas and messages used in packaging. Consideration given to: clarity of communication and the matching information style to audience; the approach, including marketing and branding concerns, the dynamics of the retail environment, environmental considerations, and legal requirements; the component parts of packaging graphics such as colour rationalisation, information layout, feel and tone of illustration and photography, and finishes, and how they are used in isolation and in relation to each other; and the relationship to the anatomy of the structural design.
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