Most gaming ads aim squarely at men, but a new spot promoting "Criminal Case Pacific Bay" goes after female players by way of featuring some kickass women.
The ad, by Untitled Worldwide, shows an array of middle-aged women, including a school mom and a female executive in a presentation, responding to a siren with some action hero-style moves and joining forces to hunt down a criminal. Thierry Poiraud at Independent directed the film, which is running in the U.S. on TV and online.
Although Criminal Case, owned by French gaming company Pretty Simple, has an audience both male and female, Untitled's research found that 80% of the active players are women aged between 30 and 55. According to the agency, it found this especially significant because the middle-aged female demographic is often left out of video game culture, often stereotyped as fans of puzzle games like Candy Crush rather than action games. The campaign for new installment "Pacific Bay" therefore seeks to be a "a call to arms to women step out of their daily lives and go solve crime."