Keeping Fortnite Fresh

Wendy’s • VMLY&R Kansas City

To reach our audience in a way distinct from our category competitors, we decided to go beyond reaching it as the brand advertiser it would expect. So we entered the world of Fortnite as a player — as co-creator of culture, a gamer and an entertainer. Other brands have attempted to reach this audience by placing in-game logos or billboards, but we were going beyond traditional advertisement. Rather than pay our way in, we decided to play our way in.

We blurred the line between brand and influencer, playing Fortnite as Wendy’s and streaming it live on Twitch to immerse ourselves in this audience’s world as both player and brand. In short, our idea was to use the game Fortnite to promote Wendy’s brand messaging.

Cannes Recognition

Grand Prix: Social & Influencer

2 Gold: Entertainment, Media

5 Silver: Social & Influencer, Entertainment, Brand Experience & Activation, Entertainment for Sport x 2

1 Bronze: Media

5 Shortlists: Social & Influencer, Entertainment for Sport, Direct x2, Brand Experience & Activation