Cannes Lions

Play Town

R/GA, Singapore / GOOGLE / 2016

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Google Play Town is a real world incarnation of the Google Play Store. It brought the Play Store to the real world in one colourful giant hub, accompanied with a series of high visibility street activations.

The gamified street activations were designed to have people experience mobile games in their everyday lives in surprising contexts. The largest individual activations was a tie up across 5000 7/11 stores where people got rewarded when they engaged through a mobile game.

We leveraged the equity of massive game titles and characters to build awareness of the Google Play Town event situated at Taipei 101. The real world Play Store also enabled us to activate people with real world mobile face offs and live YouTube streams with local celebrities, reaching audiences across the country. All this combined enabled us to invite the press over several times over the month long event.


Google Play Town was a month long Real World Play Store event in the heart of Taipei. It featured 50 developers with 70+ titles. To drive awareness, a series of street activations in high footfall locations across Taipei captured people’s attention where they are. The most significant of the gamified street activations was an islandwide tie up across 5000+ 7/11 outlets.

At the event space, a YouTube studio broadcast celebrity gaming head-to-heads, expanding our reach to those who could not make it to the event. Different zones catered to different tastes: Innovation zone allowed people to geek out on new tech, the family zone had chill out spaces and screened movies whilst hardcore and casual gamers alike could play the latest titles in a fun and collaborative space.

During the month, we invited the press to cover game launches and other aspects of the event several times each week.


- Total PR Clippings: a total of 303 clippings, including 24 features on TV news and shows.

- 60K visits to the physical PlayTown hub

- 100 000 mobile gaming participants at 7/11 stores

- 1M+ live stream views on YouTube

- 1M+ visits to the PlayTown microsite

- 12.5% growth in unaided awareness of Google Play store as a digital content destination vs. 1% increase in Apple App Store in same period (before/after campaign)

- 7.6% growth in "innovative" brand attribute, 13.2% in "inspiring", and 11.8% in "cool" (people who have been to PlayTown vs. not, after campaign)

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