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2023 One Show - Branded Entertainment

Clash from the Past

Agency Wieden+Kennedy / Portland + Supercell / San Francisco + Spark & Riot / New York

Client Supercell / Clash of Clans

Category

Long Form Video / Single

Annual ID

OS23_BE018S

About the Work

Released in 2012, Clash of Clans is one of the most popular mobile games in the world. But for our 10th Anniversary, we wanted to solidify Clash of Clans as an iconic gaming franchise on the same level of Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Pac Man, and the other video games that have shaped our culture and lives. So, instead of celebrating our 10th Anniversary, we celebrated a fake 40th Anniversary, pulling fans into an alternate universe where Clash had existed since 1982.

It all started with an entirely made-up 20-minute documentary. We scripted and story-boarded 40 years of history. We invented 3 fake founders, and followed them on an emotional roller coaster of fame, fortune, and calamity. To make it all as authentic as possible, we shot on 5 different era-specific cameras, and designed an entire fictional world including logos and characters for each decade. We created commercials for fake products, fake interviews for fake morning shows, and even scenes from a fake movie. At the heart of it were 3 era-specific games— that we actually wrote and made for real.

An 80s arcade platformer. A 90s racer. And, following the arc of our narrative, an intentionally disastrous and entirely unplayable 2000s open world RPG. The 80s/90s games were reformatted for the Clash app and released to our 300 million daily players.

On social, we deepened the story by staging a Reddit AMA with a fake founder from our documentary. We made an IMDB page and turned our social pages into trips down memory lane releasing fake commercials from our past. We partnered with Champion, Topps, and General Mills (an actual cereal available to purchase in-stores).

The campaign was the #1 Video Trending on Youtube when it launched and garnered the highest fan sentiment in the brand’s history.

2023 Awards

Total Points: 21

Credits

Agency

Wieden+Kennedy / Portland

Client / Brand

Supercell / San Francisco

Production Company

Spark & Riot / New York

Creative Director

Lawrence Melilli
Darcie Burrell

Director

Nalle Sjöblad

Director of Photography

Mikael Gustafsson

Executive Creative Director

John Petty
Ana Balarin
Hermeti Balarin

Executive Producer

Ricara Stokes
Ana De Diego

Strategist

Olivia Campbell

Business Affairs Manager

Kevin Moyer
Chelsea Appleby
Kristian Evanculla
Tristan Martin

Design Director

Mike Weihs

Associate Media Director

Mary Eliason

Brand Creative Lead

Michael Gurman

Brand Director

Kimmy Cunningham

Brand Executive

Demetrius Wallace

Brand manager

Spencer Crain

Brand Marketing

Sean Cornejo

Copyediting

James Yu
Lisa Kadous
Erica Nikolaidis

Creative Operations Manager

Valentina Savarese
Jaymie Steck

Design Producer

Victoria Tengblad-Kreft
Scott Meisse

Group Brand Director

Danny Sullivan

Group Media Director

Stephanie Ehui

Group Strategy Director

Indiane Matine

Management supervisor

Jane Han

Managing director

Jess Monsey

Marketing Art Director

Eric Reimer

Marketing Coordinator

Rachael Slocum

Media Supervisor

Jarod Diaz

Motion Lead

Adam Sirkin

Motion Producer

Cameron Blake

PR

Danny Hernandez
Alex Har

Print+Fabrication

Ellen Osborn
Denise Hanggi
Kristin Holder

Retouching

Frazer Goodbody
Amy Ellars
Greg Radich

Studio Production Specialist

Matt Blum
Liliya Dru
Vicki Liu
Beth Schuenemann
Ken Berg
David Carney-Fenton

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