India catches Fifa World Cup fever

India…India….India…India. That is something you won’t be hearing in this 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Coming to the sore point about our country’s participation in the global event, even though we have a population of more than 1.3 Billion of which more than 50% fall under the age of 25. It baffles me why we cannot have a team capable enough to make it all the way. Again, I am not trying to demean the efforts of the existing players and in no way suggesting they are incompetent. It is more to do with the environment and facilities that are almost non-existent. We have never been part of any world cup although the team did qualify by default in 1950 after all the other nations in our qualification group withdrew. However, we withdrew prior to the beginning of the tournament.

There has been some progress lately and we are seeing a shift in sports preference from the newer generation and thanks to the huge investments in football by Reliance, the ISL has grown considerably popular and viewership has increased year on year. The audience with the exposure to the various European leagues fixtures and UEFA’s various formats have accepted football as a viewing sport and the matches have made itself a talking point amongst youngsters, with each one choosing a team which they associate. The fan base for each team has considerably increased especially the teams from England and Spain and the largest followers being for Real Madrid which stands at 77.3 Million across all digital platforms.

FIFA brings in great interest in football and most fans are for Argentina and Brazil, with Portugal, England, Germany, Spain and Italy being the other countries. We see great enthusiasm and match screenings are the new way to catch up with friends. The world cup truly gets people together irrespective of your country’s participation and this particularly holds true for us. SET India the broadcast partners for the world cup has used this as a campaign idea and created an amazing connect with the audience using the idea “Meri Doosri Country”.

Russia 2018 will be a defining world cup for two of greatest legends to grace the field; Messi and Ronaldo. It will probably be their last world cup and both with their respective teams will try their very best to lift the golden trophy. One team that will be missed is Italy and it is still something the fans need to overcome. The world cup has always seen Italy’s participation and this will be the first time in 60 years that the Azzuris have not qualified considering they are 4 time champions and have players of exceptional quality. Of the other teams Brazil is always the crowd favourite because of the way they play, its pure magic. They will this time be out for revenge against Germany for the humiliating defeat they suffered at home turf in 2014. Germany the current holders will try to do a double. The team looks in good shape apart from a few ageing players. My dark horse is the Belgian side A.K.A Red Devils. They are the side to watch out as they have players with exceptional talent and good both in attack and defence. Let us hope to see a fantastic battle between the teams and I am hoping my doosri country wins.

On the merchandise front we have been witnessing this change from early 2013, when we first decided to take a shot at the FIFA world cup 2014. We were unsure of how a cricket crazy country would react to the merchandise though we knew that as an aspirational sport the merchandise would sell coupled with the interest in football. Our bet paid off and we did some unbelievable sales. This gave us confidence to look at football offerings more closely. We now have Real Madrid and of course FIFA 2018 merchandise in the market with more categories activated.

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia has a whole host of authentic licensed merchandise ranging from Apparel to Bags, Sippers, Footballs, Footwear, gifts and novelties and more with prices beginning at INR 299. The Alcis 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia fan wear range comprises over 550 products with T-Shirts, Polo T-shirts, Shorts, Track pants, Tracksuits, Hoodies, Jackets, Sweatshirts, Jerseys and Caps. The range starts at INR 399. The merchandise is available from 1000+ apparel stores and large format stores like Lifestyle, Shoppers Stop, Max Retail, Central, Globus, Sports Station along with leading e-commerce platforms.

So while you will be watching the biggest sporting event from 14th of this month, do show your love for the assortment of merchandise we have put out for you. Help us create more fanatics and support our cause, which is none except it makes good business.

Candy Crush coming soon to a TV screen near you!

Contestants can win up to $100,000 on the mobile game adaptation hosted by Mario Lopez

A game show adaptation of Candy Crush, the smash hit mobile game, is coming to CBS this summer and we can’t wait for it to come to India!

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Hosted by Mario Lopez, the hour-long show will feature four teams competing against each other in a massive arena. In an attempt to win up to $100,000, contestants will swing, slide, and swipe to match candies and defeat obstacles, which includes scaling a giant virtual game board.

On average, the King mobile game and its sister title, Candy Crush Soda Saga, are played 18 billion rounds per month worldwide. The series is produced by Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate, King Ltd., and CBS Television Studios.

Candy Crush premieres Sunday, July 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

Courtesy http://ew.com/tv/2017/05/09/candy-crush-game-show-first-look/

 

Dream Theatre bags licensing deal for Candy Crush in India

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Now, India’s love of Candy Crush Saga will be just as sweet and a little more chic! Dream Theatre Pvt. Ltd., one of the pioneering brand management and licensing agencies in India, has secured licensing and merchandising rights for Candy Crush Saga in India, the cross-platform game created by King Digital Entertainment, a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world.
Candy Crush Saga is a match three-puzzle game that was launched in 2012 for Facebook, and later as a mobile app for smart phones. While it has remained one of the top grossing games in the chart, it’s recently launched sister title Candy Crush Sage is also hugely popular. Together, they draw around 91 million players every day*. In order to leverage it’s unmatched following, Dream Theatre will help King to build its licensing programme for the emerging market of South Asia. It will build a varied portfolio of designer apparel, accessories, handbags, shoes and home furnishings.

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Dream Theatre is collaborating with and seeking licensees across categories like young adult apparel, gadget accessories, fashion accessories, candy, gifts & novelties. The products will be rolled out in 2015.

*Daily Active Users of Candy Crush Franchise (Candy Crush Saga and Candy Crush Soda Saga combined) as of Q4 2014.

Angry Birds at Kids-o-fest! Yet another hit with kids and youth!

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Angry Birds at Siliguri!
Angry Birds is always the star attraction at events encouraging footfalls and giving everyone an opportunity to experience the brand up-close.

Since Angry Birds inception in December 2009, the game has garnered 2.5 billion downloads globally. One of the most downloaded games of all time, Angry Birds is now coming to life at the Kids-o-fest, East India’s first and biggest kids and Inter School Festival. The fest connects business and brands with school, kids and family.

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Kids-o-fest was a four-day event organized by Shri Ram Centennial School and Savin Kingdom, commenced from December 18th to 1st. The fest was held at Savin Kingdom in Dagapur where an inter-school fest called ‘Blitzkrieg 2014’ was also held. Students from more than 200 schools in and around Siliguri had come participate in the event.

“Angry Birds is the first class example of how popularity of digital properties and games is transcending demographics and geographies. We are delighted to bring both these superbly popular properties to their fans in Siliguri to engage with and enjoy”, said Jiggy George founder and CEO of Dream Theatre, an entertainment, sports, fashion licensing and brand management firm.

Dream Theatre, which has licensing rights for Angry Birds, has launched products across 14 categories, including toys, board games, apparel and stationery.
Angry Birds’ branded products are now available across 1,500 stores besides multiple online platforms.

We’re on Boards: Dream Theatre is now on Pinterest.

Wherever your interests and your curiosity might take you, from merchandise to brands, Pinterest has become a go-to source for sharing inspiration.

The idea of swapping images of merchandised products, movie characters, some of your favourite brands to something which is right up to our alley, so if you didn’t already know: Dream Theatre is now on Pinterest. And we really want to pin with you.

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It’s the perfect community to engage in some visual merchandise of the brands we represent, so you’ll see some of the cool things that go on the retail shelf and you’ll also see a lot about the brands we represent.

Our boards are about the products of our licensees and the brands Dream Theatre represents. Plus there’s more to come — we’ll be adding more boards to it.

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You’ll notice “Pin It” buttons so if you like any of them, you can quickly and easily pin it to one of your own favorite boards.

We can’t wait to see what resonates with you, so we can give you more of the images and ideas that matter most to you.

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