Online touchdown: InnoGames achieves new sales records with Forge Bowl Event

More than 80,000 spectators in the stadium and nearly one billion people worldwide in front of their television sets: The American football championship game on February 4th is a sporting spectacle that electrifies fans far beyond the borders of the USA. With the "Forge Bowl" in-game event in the online strategy game "Forge of Empires", game developer InnoGames uses the media mega American football event to achieve new sales records.

More than 1 million Euros in revenue was earned from the hit game "Forge of Empires" (available for iOS, Android, and Browser) in 24 hours. InnoGames was able to set this new record shortly after the launch of the "Forge Bowl" event and campaign. What steps led to this?

The “Forge of Empires” Free-to-Play Game reaches millions of players worldwide. One of the core markets is the USA. The Forge Bowl Event (in-game runtime: 16 January to 5 February) was developed and accompanied by a comprehensive marketing campaign (running from 13 January to 4 February) in the USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Italy.

The current "Forge of Empires" TV spot was extended for the event period by ten seconds to include the "Forge Bowl" (TV spot on YouTube). The event spot was produced by Liga 01. The spot aired in advertising environments with a primarily male target group; in the USA, for example, with sports networks like ESPN, and in Germany with ProSieben, DMAX or Sport 1.

In order to reach existing players with the “Forge Bowl” event, as well as to acquire new players, additional actions were implemented via display, social networks, Google and Programmatic. The combined strategy led to a high number of acquired players and interaction with the in-game event. In the “Forge Bowl” event, the goal of the player is to achieve touchdowns. Successful touchdowns unlock exclusive in-game items. This game mechanics is accompanied by a new quest line. Participation in the event is free of charge. Players can purchase in-game currency for additional trials in the “Forge Bowl” event.

The "Forge Bowl" event runs on iOS, Android, and Online until February 5th.


With a revenue of 130 million Euros in 2016, InnoGames is one of the world's leading developers and providers of online games. The company based in Hamburg and Düsseldorf currently employs more than 400 professionals from 30 nations. InnoGames has 200 million registered players and has scored major successes with games such as Tribal Wars, Forge of Empires and Elvenar.

Dennis Schoubye

Senior PR Manager, InnoGames GmbH

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