Overview

Created by Manchester-based Playdemic, Gang Nations is a blend of tower defence, strategy and explosive combat, putting the player in control of their own ‘hood’ which they must build up and defend from attacks- whilst recruiting their own gang to carry out raids on other players.

Playdemic was looking for a PR and marketing agency with global app marketing experience for a quick-turnaround campaign, after they found out the game was going to be featured by Apple in less than 2 weeks time.

Client

Playdemic

Project

Gang Nations mobile game launch

Platform

iOS

What we did

launch PR, social media campaign, rap moguls

What we did

Ahead of the launch we organised 1:1 briefings with influential media outlets including Slide to Play, Develop and Gamezebo in the VIP room at MGF 2015 for Playdemic’s CEO Paul Gouge. As well as helping Playdemic with app store optimisation, we reached out to a large list of media to review the game. We also took over the Gang Nations Twitter page for two weeks to boost its follower count and increase engagement. Finally, we felt that the game needed a bit of 90’s style West Coast love, so we hired a US rapper to create a unique 30 second rap about the game that we sent to the media to help raise our media pitching above the competition.

The results

To date, Gang Nations has reached the no.1 slot in 24 countries and top 5 in 123 countries on the Apple app store. The game also received a prominent global feature on the App Store homepage.

The game was reviewed by major media including PocketGamer and 148 Apps. We also increased the Twitter follower count significantly, with 1-2 hours of daily tweets and retweets to boost the engagement rates.

Try out Gang Nations on the App Store here.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with the team at Big Games Machine. They demonstrated an incredible degree of creativity when it came to the global launch of Gang Nations on iOS. Their overall approach was brilliant. This included the idea to commission a 90’s style west coast song from a rapper in LA.

Paul Gouge, MD Playdemic