Xbox Film, Digital Pre-game Rituals (Rashford vs Willian) by McCann London

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Pre-game Rituals (Rashford vs Willian)

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Industry Video Games/Consoles
Media Film, Digital, Interactive & Mobile
Market United Kingdom
Agency McCann London
Creative Director Jamie Mietz, Sanjiv Mistry
Art Director Olly Wood
PR The Assembly
Released May 2017

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Additional: Live For When It Really Matters
Category: Games, Toys
Client: Xbox
Brand: Xbox Live
Media: Online
Country: United Kingdom
Advertising Agency: Mccann London, Uk
Global Integrated Marketing Gaming Lead, Xbox: Michael Flatt
Creative Directors: Jamie Mietz, Sanjiv Mistry
Art Director: Olly Wood
Business Director: Sail Jani
Account Director: Tom Oliver
Account Manager: Tom Baines
Agency Producer: Paul Gillespie
Producers: Angelica Polonczyk, Chris Cartwright
Editor: James Forbes-Robertson
Sound Design: Adam Smyth
Dop: Jan David Gūnther
Pr: Assembly
Date: May, 2017
Xbox are proudly shouting that Xbox Live is the UK’s fastest gaming network for playing FIFA 17 with an epic yet light-hearted new film featuring the Premier League stars Marcus Rashford and Willian.

The film pastiches the serious tone of traditional sports advertising by showing Rashford and Willian indulging in humble pre-game rituals in the domestic settings of their own homes, as opposed to the high octane, super-serious world that they are normally featured in.

The commercial draws on the insight that, just as big footballers have pre-game preparations and rituals, good FIFA 17 players also have routines they go through to make sure they have the perfect game, the most crucial of which is having the right equipment - Xbox Live, the UK’s fastest gaming network.

Created by McCann London, the ad breaks on 5th May in 16 markets globally running on social and video channels, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, and Running in a long-form 85-second version, 40 and 20-second cutdowns, and on Snapchat and Instagram stories.

Xbox have also created a landing page to house the content and drive subscriptions to Xbox live Gold.

Michael Flatt, Global Integrated Marketing Gaming Lead, said: “Our Xbox Live Network has always been a cornerstone offering to our fans. It’s great to be able to celebrate and communicate our best in class service in such a fun and creative way to our community.”

Laurence Thomson, the Co-President & Chief Creative Officer at McCann London, said: “Our strategy was to create a film that our audience, of die-hard FIFA 17 gamers and football fans alike, would enjoy and could relate to. They have seen many ads that portray these types of Premier League superstars as overly-serious and perhaps unapproachable. The result is an original and light-hearted take on all the mannerisms, superstitions and rituals that FIFA 17 players go through. Making the point that Xbox Live is crucial if you’re really going to take the game seriously.”

Claim: Xbox Live is the UK’s fastest most reliable gaming network

Source/Substantiation: Independent IHS Markit study, June/July 2016. Tested on Xbox One v. Playstation 4 on top 5 selling games with matchmaking; results may vary, not an endorsement. Visit