Okay, I might as well admit it. I am a MINI addict who dreams of owning one of those cute little things on wheels some day. I have a chance next week as MINI launches a mobile virtual game of car hunting in the inner city of Stockholm. All I need to do is catch the virtual MINI Countryman and keep at least 50 meters away from all other hunters downtown for a week. What if I just hide in a cellar? What if I set my phone off for a week? What if I just keep on running? What if I could fly? Seriously, gaming is becoming a mighty tool in marketing.
According to the latest study by the Internet World about media habits in Sweden, girls and the 45+ are taking over the mobile accessibility, increasingly spending time blogging and connecting in social networks. Also, the amount of ‘Svenssons’ watching TV and videos via their laptops and mobile phones has increased from 7 to 32 percent during the past year. What comes into gaming, according to Jane McGonigal on TED, we invest 3 billion hours weekly playing online games worldwide. In Sweden, a recent survey by Reflect quizzed 900 respondents between the ages of 15-60 years old. 81 percent of those questioned, said they played video games. According to The Swedish Games Industry, with recent developments, gaming as a cultural form is almost as big as books and films from the consumer perspective. Women prefer puzzles and social games while men are into action, racing and sports. Martin Lindell, an analyst at the Swedish Games Industry also points out, that Sweden is almost level of United States where gaming has always been a popular pastime. MINI Getaway Stockholm starts at 3pm on Sunday 31st October at Medborgarplatsen. At the same time in UK, Nike will turn the city of London into a game board for two weeks to get people running by augmenting the running experience. But for now — follow that car!